Chinese officials say 132 people have died after contracting the virus - there have been nearly 6,000 confirmed so far in China, with 16 other countries - including the United States - also confirming cases.
Air Canada runs 33 flights a week to China and has started cancelling a select number of them in response to reduced demand.
Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa said on Wednesday (Jan 29) it was cancelling all flights to mainland China until Feb 9, as fears mount over the deadly coronavirus.
The airline said it made the unprecedented decision in the wake of Foreign Office guidance warning against all but essential travel to the mainland in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The company was suspending some flights from Newark, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai from February 1-8 because of decreased demand caused by the virus, a spokesperson told FOX Business.
A number of people have posted photos online of people covering their heads with plastic bags, bottles and motorbike helmets in an attempt to keep the virus at bay.
But this could be updated if there were major flight cancellations throughout China and more disruptions to ground transport, International SOS Regional Security Director James Robertson said.
Virgin is still operating a daily connection from Heathrow airport to Shanghai, but customers have been told they can apply for refunds if they no longer wish to travel.
A woman and baby wear masks at Hong Kong High Speed Rail Station on January 29
India's IndiGo is also suspending flights to Chengdu and Hong Kong.
American Airlines will continue to operate service to Hong Kong from its Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles hubs. This is to lower risks or simply because of dropping demand.
Air Canada is notifying customers who would have been on the cancelled flights so they can rebook, according to Mah.
-South Korea's second-largest carrier, Asiana Airlines, will temporarily suspend flights to the Chinese cities of Guilin, Changsha and Haikou starting next month.
Several hours later, Air Canada announced a suspension of its China flights, again excepting Hong Kong.
Global airlines are also adjusting their schedules.
-Kazakhstan, which shares a long border with far western China, announced Wednesday that it plans to suspend all flights, train and bus traffic and to halt issuing visas to Chinese nationals.
On Wednesday, the Lufthansa Group suspended its flights to mainland China "with immediate effect", citing the safety of its guests and staff. "We are continuing to closely monitor the situation".