British Airways cancels all flights to China (but not Hong Kong) until 29th February due to coronavirus

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British Airways has extended its cancellations of flights to Beijing and Shanghai due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

There will be no services until at least 29th February.


As of last night, the extension was only until tomorrow.

For anyone already in China, re-routing is being offered on Finnair, Qatar Airways, China Southern or JAL via any Chinese departure point.  Apart from Qatar services, uou will be forced to transfer to a BA service at the hub airport, so you cannot take Finnair or JAL all the way through to London.

Hong Kong services are still operating as normal.  Refunds are still being offered to anyone due to travel to Hong Kong before 23rd February.

The special advisories page of is here and has the latest information.

More detailed guidance aimed at travel agents can be found on the BA Travel Trade pages here.

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  1. Plane on its way to Wuhan to collect British, Spanish, Hungarian, Finnish, + some other nationalities

    Will then fly to London where British Citizen will disembark. The plane will continue on to MAD where all remaining passengers will be put in quarantene for 2 weeks (like the british ones).

    • Aston100 says:

      I wonder where the Brits will be quarantined?

      • Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral

        • Lady London says:

          So will the plane not lan in MAN instead of LHR, then?

          Is there any reason why quite a few of the recent years’ potential flu-type pandemics appear to have started in China, rather than anywhere else?

          • More people looking living closer together and greater mixing of rich/poor people, rich people also have poor hygiene

          • Anthony Dunn says:

            Apparently because of the prevalence of open markets where wild animals are kept/sold alongside what we would consider more normal market produce. It’s the leap of animal-carried viruses from the wild environment into a human population which has no immunity that is what is troubling and dangerous. The Chinese authorities have been warned repeatedly about allowing these “traditional” approaches but they have yet, even after the more virulent and deadly SARS epidemic, to tackle the issue.

        • No pun intended?

      • BlueThroughCrimp says:

        The Guardian’s Josh Halliday has just confirmed the 150 Britons being flown out of Wuhan tonight will be quarantined at Arrowe Park hospital accommodation in Wirral, Merseyside.

        They will be staying in the accommodation block usually designated to NHS staff and are expected to remain there for 14 days.

      • Shoestring says:

        plenty of near-empty military hospitals – which would be rather undignified if they get treated as patients for 2 weeks but I imagine most of them these days have plenty of private rooms

        or military bases

        have a look at p5 UK Armed Forces trained requirement – downloads small pdf

        UK Armed Forces numbers have declined from about 190K (2000) to 140K (2018) – there are plenty of empty buildings mothballed

  2. TigerTanaka says:

    Once again a comment on how bad Flying Blue is but I have never seen a proper HfP analysis of the scheme, or any flight/lounge reviews of KLM/AF. It’s probably not on your radar if you live in London but BA isn’t always an easy option if you live in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull or Teesside (or Leeds for that matter).

    The mileage earning might be mediocre and but eight cheap 4 segment short haul trips gets you gold (equivalent to BA silver). This means lounge access for all those business trips which is a big plus if you are hanging around at your local airport and then at AMS/CDG for your connection.

    • There was review of the Teesside airport lounge recently so that’s sort of KLM related! Ditto Cardiff as well.

      I think to be honest not many HfP readers are members of Flying Blue so likely not worthwhile for Rob to write in-depth pieces about but Rob does post details of AF-KL offers so equally not totally ignored.

      The AF-KL boards on flyer talk are probably the best places to look for in-depth analysis of the programme,

  3. Rob your statement that “For anyone already in China, re-routing is being offered on Finnair, Qatar Airways, China Southern or JAL via any Chinese departure point. You will be forced to transfer to a BA service at the hub airport, so you cannot take Finnair or Qatar Airways all the way through to London.” is not correct.

    The BA guidelines say for AY/CZ/JL “Rebook onto a China Southern (CZ), Finnair (AY) or Japan Airlines (JL) operated service to/from any Chinese Mainland point to the UK or to connect with a British Airways operated gateway in Asia or Europe.” And QR/QR connection through Doha is permitted if “BA Doha connection is inconvenient then may rebook onto a QR operated service between DOH and LON”

  4. AA has a similar adjunct Business Extra program and those points, like those in the BA program expire 2-years from their first posting. I faced such a “hard” expiry of Dec 31st but managed to book a nice F r/t to SAN for a few days.

  5. Interestingly, American and Canadian airlines are still going there

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