British Airways has cancelled dozens of flights serving Milan due to a drop in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline announced it is "merging" some of its flights between Heathrow and the Italian city's Linate airport.

Around 22 return flights over the next two weeks are affected.

British Airways' flights to and from Milan Malpensa are continuing as normal.

A spokesman for the airline said: "To match reduced demand due to the continuing coronavirus issue, we are merging a small number of flights to and from Milan.

"We will be contacting customers on cancelled flights so we can discuss their travel options including alternative British Airways flights within two hours of their original departure time where possible, full refunds or booking for a later date of travel.

"We understand that some customers flying to/from northern Italy may wish to change their travel plans and have introduced flexible booking options."

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