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British Airways halts all direct flights to China

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Website bookings for direct flights from London to Beijing have been suspended by British Airways due to the coronavirus.

British Airways has immediately suspending all of its flights to and from mainland China after the UK government warned against unnecessary travel to the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

BA said in a statement that "we apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority."

The airline operates daily flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Shanghai and Beijing.

It took the measure a day after Britain's Foreign Office updated its travel advice on China, warning against "all but essential travel" to the mainland, not including Hong Kong and Macao.

China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further. The outbreak has killed more than 130 people.

BA.com, the airline's website, shows no direct flights to China are available until at least the end of February.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-british-airways-suspends-flights-to-china/0d64246e-c680-4576-9235-627728b51708

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