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Indonesia's top budget airline Lion to halt flights to mainland China

Fears of coronavirus risk domino effect among Asian carriers

Lion Air is the first Asian airline to suspend all flights to and from mainland China on fears over the spread of coronavirus.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Lion Air, Indonesia's biggest budget airline group, will suspend all flights to mainland China from February as concerns grow over the spread of coronavirus.

The group, which also operates flights to China from Indonesia through full-service subsidiary Batik Air, had already suspended six routes to China, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, from the popular tourist destination of Bali.

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