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British Airways cancels flights to Italy, Korea, Singapore as coronavirus hits demand

  • News Desk

    Reuters

London, United Kingdom   /   Fri, February 28, 2020   /   08:58 am
British Airways cancels flights to Italy, Korea, Singapore as coronavirus hits demand British Airways passenger aircraft are pictured at London Heathrow Airport on Friday. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, along with environmental charities and local councils, on May 1 lost a court battle to prevent the expansion of Heathrow, Britain’s busiest airport. Opponents to the introduction of a third runway cite the negative impact of noise and air pollution, habitat destruction, transport congestion and climate change. (AFP/Ben Stansall)

British Airways said it would cancel some flights to and from Italy, Singapore and South Korea, as a result of reduced demand for travel to the areas due to coronavirus outbreaks.

British Airways, owned by IAG, said on Thursday it would cancel 56 roundtrip flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Italian destinations including Milan, Bologna, Venice and Turin between March 14 and March 28.

Flights to Seoul, which are usually daily from Heathrow, will now be every other day, and BA said it was also cancelling six roundtrip flights from Heathrow to Singapore every other day from March 15, although there will still be one flight daily.

In Italy, more than 300 people have tested positive over the past week for coronavirus in Lombardy, while South Korea has the most virus cases outside China and reported 505 new ones on Thursday, taking its national tally to 1,766.

The airline said it would be contacting customers on cancelled flights to discuss their options, which would include rebooking onto other carriers if possible, full refunds or booking for a later travel date.

IAG is expected to update on the impact of coronavirus on its outlook when it reports annual results on Friday.