Ryanair has cancelled all flights to and from Italy as coronavirus worsens in Italy. A total of 9,172 people have been diagnosed with the deadly virus in Italy. So far, 463 people have died from coronavirus in the popular holiday destination.
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Ryanair joins British Airways and Wizz Air in airlines grounding all Italian flights.
“Ryanair today announced the suspension of its full flight schedule to and from and within Italy, following the decision of the Italian Government to ‘lockdown’ the entire country to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” the budget airline said in a statement.
These additional cuts will be implemented as follows:
From 12am Wednesday 11 March until 12am Wednesday 8 April, Ryanair will suspend all Italian domestic flights.
From 12am Friday 13 March until 12am Wednesday 8 April, Ryanair will suspend all Italian international flights.
“All affected passengers have received email notices today informing them of these flight cancellations,” said Ryanair.
“Passengers looking for repatriation can obtain a free move to an earlier Ryanair flight operating up until midnight Friday 13 March.
“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.”
The carrier added: “Ryanair continues to comply fully with WHO and national Government guidance and travel bans.
“The situation is changing on a daily basis, and all passengers on flights affected by travel bans or cancellations, are receiving emails and are being offered flight transfers, full refunds or travel credits.
“Ryanair apologises sincerely to all customers for these schedule disruptions, which are caused by national Government restrictions and the latest decision of the Italian Government to lock down the entire country to combat the Covid-19 virus.”
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What is the latest FCO advice?
“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Italy, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities on 9 March,” said the FCO.
“British nationals remain able to depart Italy without restriction. Airports remain open throughout Italy.
“However, airline schedules are subject to change and some flights are being cancelled. Travellers are advised to check flight details with airlines.
“Additional restrictions include the closure of museums, cultural institutions and the suspension of all public gatherings and sporting events.
“Religious ceremonies and funerals are suspended. Ski facilities are closed. Childcare facilities, schools and universities are closed until 3 April.
“Restaurants and bars remain open with restricted hours and reduced seating.”
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