Wizz Air cancels flights to northern Italy amidst coronavirus outbreaks

Wizz Air has cancelled a number of flights to northern Italy following coronavirus outbreaks in the region.

The outbreaks have seen the FCO change its Italy travel advice, in which it now advises against all but essential travel to 11 towns across the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

It added as part of the statement that "the government of Italy has introduced extraordinary measures that allow regions to implement civil protection measures in response to coronavirus, including the isolation of these towns".

As a result, Wizz Air has cancelled any flights from London Luton to Bari between the 11th March through to the 2nd April 2020 – which the airline says represents 60 per cent of total Italian capacity across its entire network.

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The airline said that passengers who are affected will be automatically informed, and will be offered either a free rebooking to an alternative route at the earliest possible date (at least 14 days before the original date of travel), or the option to have a full refund.

The airline said it will also offer 120 per cent refund of the original fare in airline credit as a third option.

It's worth noting that if you booked Wizz Air flights and then have connecting flights afterwards, you won't be entitled to a refund of the latter – unless you booked both connecting flights together with Wizz Air.

If you booked connecting flights separately, Wizz Air has no responsibility for the subsequent flights.

If you have a holiday planned to Italy, you can find more information in our coronavirus Italy guide whether your holiday was booked to one of the affected destinations or not – including your rights to getting money back if the outbreaks mean you can no longer travel.

We've also got a general coronavirus travel advice guide on what to do if your travel plans have been altered or cancelled because of the outbreaks.

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