Airlines suspend China flights, cut services on virus fears

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BANGKOK (AP) – British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as fears spread about a new virus that has killed more than 130 people.

Several other airlines including Finnair, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia are reducing the number of flights to the country.

British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. 

China has cut off access to Wuhan and more than a dozen other cities to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further. American cited plunging travel demand to the region. 

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