British Airways has suspended all flights into and out of mainland China, the airline announced on Wednesday.
The decision by British Airways comes as countries step up efforts against the novel coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally.
Read the full British Airways statement:
"We have suspended all flights to and from mainland China with immediate effect following advice from the Foreign Office against all but essential travel.
We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.
Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on ba.com."
US airlines: United Airlines also announced Tuesday that it will temporarily reduce its schedule between the US and three Chinese cities -- Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
An airline industry official told CNN that Trump administration officials briefed US airlines Tuesday on measures being taken. In discussions, the White House mentioned the possibility of banning flights to China, but said they are not now issuing such a ban.
The administration would evaluate the situation daily to determine whether more measures need to be taken, the official said.