British Airways has announced it will waive flight change fees for customers who book within the next two weeks.

It comes amid global uncertainty and concern over the spread of the coronavirus, with numerous airlines suspending or reducing capacity on routes.

BA said it acknowledged that customers are facing uncertainty when booking travel and wanted to give them more confidence to book flights across its network.

It currently applies to bookings made between Tuesday March 3 and Monday March 16 on all routes, with no fee up to the time of departure.

While no change fee will be charged, fare differences due to a date change will still apply.

BA has currently suspended flights to Beijing and Shanghai until mid-April, and reduced service to Italy, Seoul and Singapore.

American Airlines has also waived change fees for tickets purchased between March 1 and March 16.

Andrew Brem, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “As some customers may choose to change or delay their travel plans at the moment, it’s important we offer them greater flexibility.

“By waiving our change fee our customers can have the added confidence to book a trip with British Airways that suits them.”

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