Polish flag carrier suspends all flights

The airline's spokesman said the suspension was unprecedented in the 100-year history of civil aviation. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish flagship airline LOT has suspended all flights, including domestic ones, from Sunday until March 28, PAP was told by the airline's acting spokesperson, Michał Czernicki.

Poland has banned all incoming passenger flights, except those by planes chartered by the government to repatriate Polish citizens amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic. The ban will be in force for two weeks.

LOT's move came in compliance with government regulations, Czernicki told PAP.

The spokesman said the suspension was unprecedented in the 100-year history of civil aviation.

A number of countries have introduced similar restrictions to stem the spread of the epidemic, including the US, which has banned all flights from Europe, the UK and Ireland.