Airlines suspend flights to China as coronavirus impact deepens

British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India, IndiGo, Lufthansa and Finnair will either cut the number of flights they are operating to China or stop flying to the country entirely.

The drastic action has been taken as fears over the deadly coronavirus deepen, with over 6000 people infected and 132 people killed in China to date.

More cases have been confirmed in Australia, the United States, Japan, Germany and France.

British Airways will suspend all direct flights between Britain and China with immediate effect after the UK Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to China.

United Airlines has reduced its schedule between the United States and three cities in China following a “significant decline in demand”.

American Airlines also suspended some of its flights to China due to a drop off in demand but will continue to fly to Hong Kong from its Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles hubs.

Cathay Pacific will also gradually reduce the number of flights between Hong Kong and 24 destinations in China.

Air Canada has also cancelled select flights due to a reduction in demand, while Lufthansa has stopped all flights to and from China until February 9.

Air Asia has suspended all flights from Thailand and Malaysia to Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, until February 29.