Lufthansa cancels China flights through to late March over coronavirus outbreak

Lufthansa cancels China flights through to late March over coronavirus outbreak

A Lufthansa passenger aircraft undergoes de-icing before takeoff from Frankfurt airport
A Lufthansa passenger aircraft undergoes de-icing before takeoff from Frankfurt airport, Germany, Jan 22, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: German airline giant Lufthansa said Friday it would prolong its suspension of flights to the Chinese mainland until Mar 28 over the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

"The Lufthansa Group has now decided to cancel the flights of Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines from/to Beijing and Shanghai until the end of the winter timetable on 28 Mar" rather than Feb 29, the group said in a statement.

Lufthansa flights to Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao were already cancelled until the same date.

Meanwhile the group will respond to reduced demand for Hong Kong flights by cancelling some flights by flagship carrier Lufthansa and using smaller planes on Swiss connections.

Passengers whose flight has been cancelled can change their booking at no charge or receive a full refund, Lufthansa said.

On Thursday, UN body the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) estimated almost 20 million fewer passengers would travel to and from China in the first quarter compared with expectations, costing the airline industry up to US$5 billion in revenue worldwide.

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Source: AFP/nr

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