Lufthansa Group has joined British Airways in its precautions against the Chinese coronavirus outbreak and similarly suspended flights to mainland China.

It has halted all flights with its mainline carrier, as well as those of Swiss and Austrian Airlines, until 9 February.

Lufthansa operates to Beijing and Shanghai from Frankfurt and Munich, as well as to Shenyang, Nanjing and Qingdao from Frankfurt.

Swiss and Austrian each fly to Beijing and Shanghai from their respective bases at Zurich and Vienna.

Combined, the operators offer 54 weekly services to mainland China, outside of their 19 flights to Hong Kong.

“The safety of passengers and employees is a top priority for the Lufthansa Group,” says the Star Alliance company, adding that its decision follows an evaluation of available information on the outbreak.

Acceptance of bookings for mainland China services has also been stopped until the end of February.

“Lufthansa Group will continuously monitor the situation of the corona virus and is in contact with the responsible authorities,” the company adds.

British Airways has also temporarily suspended flights on its Chinese routes to Beijing and Shanghai.