February 20, 2020 / 11:05 AM / in a month

Lufthansa Group grounds 13 aircraft over coronavirus cancellations

An advertising board of German air carrier Lufthansa is seen at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - German airline group Lufthansa said on Thursday it had grounded 13 long-haul aircraft after the company cancelled various connections to mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak there.

“This will have noticeable effects on business,” a spokesman said, adding it will communicate details at its news conference on March 19.

The group includes the namesake Lufthansa core brand, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines.

Lufthansa rival Air France-KLM said on Thursday it expected the coronavirus outbreak to wipe 150 million to 200 million euros ($162-216 million) off earnings by April, assuming China flights remain suspended until then.

Reporting by Klaus Lauer; Writing by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Jan Harvey

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