UK airlines to halt flights to China as pandemic shuts down airports

British Airways, British Airways Alliance, British Red Cross, United Airlines, Monarch, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair have announced that they will suspend all scheduled flights to mainland China starting at midnight, according to a statement released on Friday.

The announcement follows the announcement that the UK will be leaving the European Union in March 2019.

“We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Chinese people, the Chinese government and the people of Hong Kong, and wish them all a safe and happy future,” said the statement.

“While we do not have an exact timeline for when these restrictions will end, we are very disappointed to see that these plans have come to fruition,” the statement added. 

According to a report by Bloomberg, the restrictions will affect all UK airlines that operate flights to and from mainland China, including British Airways. 

United Airlines, which operates flights to Hong Kong and Macau, will suspend operations to Beijing on Wednesday. 

Ryanair will also suspend all flights from China’s Beijing to HongKong and Macao, according the airline. 

Air France has already cancelled flights to Beijing. 

Boeing will suspend flights to Macau and Beijing on Tuesday. 

Virgin Atlantic, the world’s largest carrier by revenue, is also suspending flights to Shanghai and Macung Lao on Tuesday and Wednesday, according an announcement by the airline’s website. 

The United States is also not expected to have flights to or from China until March 2019, according a US Department of Homeland Security spokesperson. 

China has been the world leader in aviation for decades, and has become a major hub for international travel.

The number of flights to the mainland from the United States rose to more than 10 million in 2014, according the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

In the past year, the number of people travelling to the U.S., Britain and Europe by air has nearly doubled.