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

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

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. AFP/BEN STANSALL

LONDON: 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 (Feb 27) it would cancel 56 round-trip flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Italian destinations including Milan, Bologna, Venice and Turin between Mar 14 and Mar 28.

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

Singapore has 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far.

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.

READ: South Korea reports 505 new COVID-19 cases, raising total to 1,766

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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.

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Source: Reuters/de
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