British Airways said it is canceling all flights to outbreak-stricken mainland China, the first major airline to do so as the number of people in the country infected by a fast-spreading new coronavirussurpassed that of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, nearly two decades ago.

The British Airway flights will stay grounded at least until Jan. 31, the carrier said Wednesday. A second airline, Indonesia’s Lion Air, said that it, too, would halt all flights to China starting Saturday.

American Airlines said Wednesday it would suspend flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai and Beijing, citing a significant decline in demand for travel. The suspension will start Feb. 9 and end March 27. (MORE)

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