An Air China official announced the airline will cancel all flights to Athens from February 17 to March 18, 2020, as a precaution to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
“The reason is public safety because of the coronavirus and there are operational reasons as well,” an officer at the airline’s Athens office said.
Air China currently flies to Athens from Beijing three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
So far there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Greece, but health authorities are on full alert.
The World Health Organization has likened the epidemic’s threat to terrorism and one expert said that while it may be peaking in China, this was not the case beyond.
There have now been more than 40,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide, which has been declared a global health emergency. The death toll in China stands at 1,016.