Germany's Lufthansa cancels China flights over coronavirus
German flagship airline Lufthansa announced on Wednesday that it would suspend all flights to and from mainland China until February 9, as the number of deaths from a coronavirus outbreak rose to 132, DW reports.
The disease has infected around 6,000 people so far, most of them in the central Chinese province of Hubei. Dozens of cases have also been reported in more than 10 other countries, including Germany.
Lufthansa's decision also affects flights run by its subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines.
Each of the carriers will fly to their destinations in China "one last time" to give passengers and crew "the opportunity to return to Germany, Switzerland and Austria," Lufthansa group said in a statement, adding that flights to Hong Kong would continue.
The company, one of Europe's largest airline groups, usually operates 73 flights to and from mainland China each week.