AIRLINES are slashing ticket prices in a bid to attract customers amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

From £238 return flights to New York to round-trip flights to Australia for £565, bargains can be found if booking a holiday right now.

 Airports around the world have been left empty due to coronavirus

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Airports around the world have been left empty due to coronavirusCredit: Getty Images – Getty

However, it is worth noting that many of these flights, despite being great deals, could be cancelled at the last minute as flight rules and restrictions change.

It is worth taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your flights, and checking that you are covered for coronavirus.

The cheap deals hope to encourage tourists to travel as the tourism industry loses billions following the outbreak, but could change at short notice.

Many tourist attractions have been left deserted due to the huge cancellations of flights and holidays; Italy has had 90 per cent of bookings cancelled; Thailand has seen a 44 per cent drop in tourism; and Indonesia is putting in £500m to the tourism industry to encourage travellers to visit.

It is thought that airlines could lose up to $113 billion (£98 billion) this year because of coronavirus, according to the New York Times.

 We.ve rounded up the cheap deals you can find to the US, Asia and Australia - but you risk them being cancelled last minute

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We.ve rounded up the cheap deals you can find to the US, Asia and Australia – but you risk them being cancelled last minuteCredit: Getty – Contributor

For Brits wanting to book a cheap holiday at the risk of it being cancelled, then we’ve rounded up some of the cheap deals you can find right now with British Airways, Etihad and Virgin Atlantic.

Here are some of the bargain deals currently on offer:

London to New York – £238 return

You can fly direct with British Airways from the UK to New York for just £238 return. Book here.

Dates include in March, April and May, as well as November and December.

However, New York has confirmed more than 100 cases of coronavirus, which could lead to travel restrictions.

 Flights to New York are less than £240 right now

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Flights to New York are less than £240 right nowCredit: Alamy
 Flights to Thailand and Australia are also mega bargains

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Flights to Thailand and Australia are also mega bargainsCredit: Alamy

Newcastle to San Francisco – £345 return

A holiday to San Francisco will cost just £345 return when travelling from Newcastle with Virgin Atlantic. Book here.

The flights require a stopover in Paris and are operated by Air France, taking around 15 hours each way when travelling in May.

Coronavirus has led to the closure of some schools in San Francisco.

London to Thailand – £326 return

A last-minute to holiday to Bangkok could set you back just £326 return if you travel this month or next month with Air China. Book here.

You will need to travel later this month for the cheapest deal, but bargains under £400 are available to Thailand.

Thailand has reported 50 cases of coronavirus.

 You can visit Sydney or Melbourne for under £580 return

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You can visit Sydney or Melbourne for under £580 returnCredit: Getty – Contributor

London to Australia – £565 return

Flights to Melbourne from the UK will set you back just £565 return, a bargain when you consider the 24 hour journey. Book here.

Dates include May, June and November, and you can  also fly to Sydney or Brisbane for under £580 return with Etihad.

Australia currently has 80 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but no travel bans are in place.

Air New Zealand introduce ‘Skynest’ bunk beds for economy class

 

We’ve explained whether you should cancel your summer holiday – and what to do if you have one booked for Italy.

Here are some of the best travel insurers who will protect you against coronavirus cancellations.

We’ve also explained the latest travel advice for theme parks around the world.

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