Virgin Atlantic has become the latest carrier to suspend flights to mainland China following health warnings over the spread of the coronavirus.

Its daily Shanghai flight will be suspended after Sunday February 2 for 14 days. The last return flight to the UK will be flight VS251, arriving at Heathrow on Monday February 3.

Flights to Hong Kong will continue as normal.

On Wednesday, British Airways announced the suspension of all flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai. This has been extended to February 29.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: “The safety and security of our customers and staff is always our number one priority.

“After careful consideration of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak within China, Virgin Atlantic has decided to suspend daily operations to Shanghai following the VS250 on Sunday 2nd February for a period of 14 days.

“This decision is based on our close monitoring of the ongoing situation, coupled with a declining demand to fly, and we will continue to evaluate this over the coming days and weeks.

“We apologise to our customers who were due to travel to China for any inconvenience this will cause.”

Those with Virgin tickets booked can see here for more information. 

Airlines including KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Finnair, United, Delta and American Airlines have also suspended flights.

More airlines suspend flights to China over coronavirus fears