FILE PHOTO: Lufthansa Airbus A319-100 plane D-AILD approaches Riga International Airport in Riga, Latvia January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

Lufthansa Group extends China flight cancellations to March 28 over virus outbreak

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) on Friday said it would suspend all flights to mainland China until March 28 due to the new coronavirus, which is spreading in China and around the world.

“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 March,” the company said in a statement.

Lufthansa had initially suspended its flights until the end of February.

The airline added that some Hong Kong flights would be canceled while its Swiss subsidiary would use smaller aircraft for flights to and from Hong Kong in March.