29 January 2020, Wednesday 11:52:25

British Airways suspends mainland China flights

British Airways has suspended all flights from mainland China, following the Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel to the country in light of growing coronavirus concerns.

British Airways has suspended all flights from mainland China, following the Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel to the country in light of growing coronavirus concerns.

There are no direct flights from London to Beijing or Shanghai for the rest of January or the whole of February, according to BA's website.

Flights to Hong Kong will continue but passengers will have to use a different airline to head on to the Chinese mainland.

The last flights from Beijing and Shanghai are due to arrive in the UK at around 4pm today.

It is not yet clear how BA will bring back its thousands of customers booked on flights to the UK from China over the coming weeks, but BA is expected to put out more information later today.

A spokeswoman said the airline is assessing the situation.

The move comes after the FCO advised against all but essential travel to mainland China in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

UK tourism has already lost 20,000 bookings because of coronavirus, according to estimates.

Meanwhile, The US has significantly expanded airport screening of travellers from China, with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officers to start screening at another 15 airports.

Thermal health screenings are already ongoing at five airports: New York JFK, San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles, Chicago's O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

"We are constantly preparing for the possibility that the situation could worsen," health secretary Alex Azar said.

The expanded screening will see CDC officers at airports including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle, Minneapolis-St Paul, Anchorage Newark and Boston.

It also includes offshore airports Honolulu and Puerto Rico's San Juan Airport.

Together, these 20 airports receive about 90% of all passenger traffic from China. (TravelMole)

British Airways suspends mainland China flights

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