Turkish Airlines says it suspends flights to China until February 9

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane TC-JVV taxies to take-off in Riga International Airport, Latvia January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Airlines THYAO.IS is suspending its flights to mainland China after the World Health Organisation said it was declaring the coronavirus outbreak in China a global emergency, the company's CEO said on Friday.

Bilal Eksi said on Twitter that flights scheduled for four destinations in China - Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian - had been cancelled until Feb. 9, taking into the account the latest decision by the WHO.

Several airlines have suspended flights to China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which as of Thursday had killed 170 people and infected almost 8,000.

Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Alistair Bell