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British Airways And Ryanair Cancel Hundreds Of Flights Because Of Coronavirus

British Airways And Ryanair Cancel Hundreds Of Flights Because Of Coronavirus

British Airways and Ryanair have decided to cancel hundreds of flights because of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

easyJet has also cancelled a number of flights for the same reason.

British Airways have called off flights between London's Heathrow airport and Italy, France, and Germany, as well as Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and New York's JFK airport.

There are also cancelled BA flights from Gatwick to Italy, France and Albania, and cancellations from London City to Italy and Germany.

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You can check of your BA flight is affected here.

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This move comes after a spike in cases in the UK, with the total number of known cases now standing at 40.

BA released a statement that said passengers would see 'a number of flights merged between 16 March and 28 March'.

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The spokesperson added: "We will be contacting customers on cancelled flights so we can discuss their travel options, including re-booking onto other carriers where possible, full refunds or booking with BA for a later date of travel.

"Customers can also find the latest information and options on BA.com."

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As for Ryanair, the Irish company decided to reduce the frequency of their flights on certain routes by as much as a quarter.

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Flights to Italy - which has the largest number of confirmed cases in Europe - will be particularly affected.

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Ryanair said that the reduced service between 17 March and 4 April is due to a 'significant drop in bookings' that has been caused by public concerns about Covid-19.

As well as reduction to services, Ryanair's plans include 'rolling schedule cuts' and allocating leave or paid leave for staff, including crew and pilots.

They are also planning to reduce costs by working with suppliers and freezing recruitment and promotion.

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The airline said it would email any customers affected.

easyJet said in a statement: "We can confirm that we have taken the decision to cancel a number of flights mainly to and from Italy following a slowing in demand as a result of concerns over Covid-19.

"The cancellations are for some flights between 13 March and 31 March 2020, most of which have multiple daily frequencies. Customers are being contacted and moved onto flights operating on the same day or alternatively have been offered a full refund.

"Standard terms and conditions apply on all flights which are unaffected as they will be operating as normal."

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After chairing a meeting of the emergency committee COBRA, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the outbreak is 'likely' to become 'more significant' across the UK in the near future.

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He said: "We've agreed a plan so that if and when it starts to spread, as I'm afraid it looks likely it will, we are in a position to take the steps that will be necessary."

Johnson went on to add that people in Britain should 'go about business as usual' as it stands, but added that the country is 'very, very well-prepared' for further action, should it be necessary.

Public Health England has also warned the UK should be ready for 'more widespread transmission' of the virus.

The European Union has raised the risk-level of the outbreak to the second highest possible level, and the World Health Organisation has said that the 'window of opportunity' to control the outbreak is 'narrowing'.

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Tom Wood

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