Coronavirus flights: All of the airlines cancelling flights over deadly virus – full list
Coronavirus has officially been named a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, meanwhile, the FCO has issued travel warnings for countries across the world. However, even where there are not yet travel warnings in place, the desire to travel is decreasing as concerns increase.
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As a result, a number of airlines have been forced to cancel flights and amend itineraries as the number of confirmed cases globally increase.
Many airlines are allowing passengers to cancel or reschedule flights for free, though terms and conditions vary according to the operator.
The Irish budget airline has cancelled all flights to Italy until April 8 2020.
The news came following the decision made by Italian authorities to place the entire nation under a temporary lockdown. Until 3 April, around 60 million people will effectively be under quarantine.
Britons who are returning from the country must also go into a 14-day period of self-isolation.
Ryanair issued a statement saying: “All affected passengers have received email notices today informing them of these flight cancellations.
“Passengers looking for repatriation can obtain a free move to an earlier Ryanair flight operating up until midnight Friday, March 13.
“Affected passengers will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel credit that can be redeemed on Ryanair flights in the next 12 months.”
Following the severe measures taken in Italy, easyJet has also announced it will be cancelled flights to ad from Italy under April 3.
However, the airline will be stepping up to provide “rescue flights” for travellers who find themselves stranded in Italy following the news.
An easyJet spokesperson said: “Following restrictions implemented by the Italian authorities, easyJet is now in the process of cancelling all of its existing scheduled flights touching Italy between March 10 and April 3 2020. We will be operating some rescue flights in the coming days.
“We are advising affected customers of their options by email and SMS which includes the option of rebooking or requesting a refund.
“We will be operating rescue flights for passengers wishing to travel for essential, work, health or repatriation reasons to and from Italy.”
A list of rescue flights will be posted on the company website.
Customers who find themselves in Italy can book onto these flights via the easyJet contact centre, or simply by turning up at a relevant airport on the day of departure.
Long- and short-haul operator British Airways has cancelled a number of flights since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
Once the FCO announced that Britons should “avoid all but essential travel” to mainland China, BA made the decision to pull all flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai until April 17 2020. The airline has also reduced its schedule to Hong Kong, merging two daily flights into one.
More recently, the airline has decided to cancel all flights to and from Italy.
Additionally, one New York flight from Heathrow has been removed from their daily itinerary.
It is anticipated that the British carrier will slash a further 400 flights between March 16 and 28.
The airline recently unveiled its “book with confidence” policy for those who decide to book travel in the next two weeks.
The policy will waive cancellation fees, or offer the option of booking onto an alternative route free of charge.
However, customers who book onto a flight with a higher ticket price will still be required to pay the difference.
Andrew Brem, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “As some customers may choose to change or delay their travel plans at the moment, it’s important we offer them greater flexibility.
“By waiving our change fee, our customers can have the added confidence to book a trip with British Airways that suits them.”
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Richard Branson’s long-haul fleet suspended its Heathrow-Shanghai operations following the FCO warning. This will remain in place until April 19 2020. The airline has also reduced the number of journeys to Hong King for the duration of March.
A spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our customers and staff remain our absolute priority.
“We continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation very carefully, including the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which on 4 February issued guidance to UK citizens to leave China if they are able to do so.
“Given this FCO advice, the increasing entry restrictions on recent visitors to mainland China, and our rigorous focus on health and safety, Virgin Atlantic has suspended Heathrow-Shanghai operations until 19 April 2020.
“Subsequently, we have made the decision to reduce our services to Hong Kong and will be offering an amended schedule between Heathrow and Hong Kong in March.”
Virgin Atlantic is waiving its “change” fees until the end of March – that means if passengers decide they want to change their flight date they are able to do so for free.
The offer is available for all tickets booked between March 4 and March 13 and is valid on all routes up until September 30 2020.
The policy will also be applicable on all codeshare tickets across Virgin’s network – these include routes with airlines such as Delta, Air France and KLM.
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Wizz Air has cancelled all flights to and from Italy and Israel due to the pandemic rate.
The Italian flights, including routes from London Luton to Bari and Catania, are suspended until April 3 2020.
Flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv are cancelled until March 23 2020.
A Wizz Air spokesperson said: “Passengers with bookings affected by this change will be automatically informed and accommodated on an alternative route at the earliest possible date.
“Customers who have booked directly on wizzair.com or the airline’s mobile app will receive an email notification, in which they are offered the free rebooking or full refund or 120 per cent refund of the original fare in airline credit.
“Passengers can choose between the above options by clicking on the link in the e-mail and easily choosing the best option via our self-service platform.”
Norwegian recently announced it would cancel around 3,000 flights, affecting not only passengers but staff too.
The airline will slash around 15 percent of its capacity between mid-March and mid-June.
Customers set to travel on cancelled flights are being contacted, meanwhile, some of its workforce are temporarily being laid off.
The Dutch carrier has suspended all flights to Chinese hubs Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen until May 3 2020.
Flights to Hong Kong have also been slashed in half until May.
Passengers have the option to rebook o get a full refund for their affected flight.
The airline is yet to cancel flights to Italy but says it will work in accordance with authority advice.
All airlines under the Lufthansa Group name, including Lufthansa Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines, will operate a reduced service.
Flights to mainland China are suspended until April 23, and flights to Iran remain suspended until April 30.
Services to Italy, Seoul and Hong Kong are running on a reduced schedule.
Lufthansa has said it will reduce flights to Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ancona and Pisa as the month continues. Meanwhile, some domestic German routes will also be hit.
Swiss has said it is likely flights to and from Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice will be impacted until April.
Austrian Airlines as slashed its schedule to Italy throughout March and April by around 40 percent.
Meanwhile, Eurowings has followed suit until March 8 2020.
The Singapore-based carrier will be reducing its flight schedule between London’s Heathrow and Singapore until May. The airline is also removing its Milan operation.
US airline United has said it will be reducing international flights throughout April by 20 percent. It has also cancelled all flights from the US to a number of mainland China airports.
Flight waivers are also available on other routes.
American Airlines has temporarily suspended a number of routes, both internationally and domestically, to China, South Korea, Japan and Italy.
Delta has suspended all flights to China until the end of April and reduced its services to South Korea. The airline has also axed a number of flights to Italy from the US.
The Australian carrier has pushed its schedule amendments right up until mid-September amid a lack of demand from customers. This includes a number of flights to the US.
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