British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China, one of the biggest names in aviation to do so, as worries grow about the impact of a spreading coronavirus on global travel.
A spokesman for the airline said flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong were operating as scheduled, however a policy is in place should customers wish to re-book or opt to cancel for a refund. BA said in a statement that the "safety of their crew and passengers must always come first".
A senior administration official told ABC News "the White House did not call the airlines and hasn't asked for a suspension of flights between the USA and China".
Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific will reduce their flights to China by 50% between now and March.
United also admitted it's experiencing a "significant decline in demand for travel to China".
The airline operates daily flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Shanghai and Beijing.
The Trump administration and U.S. health officials are reportedly considering a range of measures to contain the spread of the risky Chinese coronavirus that has already infected some 4,700 people across the globe.
Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd said it recommended employees avoid travel to China, while Nissan Motor Co Ltd said it plans to evacuate its Japanese staff and their families in Wuhan via a government-chartered flight.
The coronavirus that originated in the city of Wuhan has killed 106 people in China and spread across the world, rattling financial markets.
South Korea's second-largest carrier, Asiana Airlines, said it will temporarily suspend flights to the Chinese cities of Guilin, Changsha and Haikou starting next month.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday expanded screenings at US airports from five to 20 for passengers arriving from China.