easyJet flights are being cancelled to and from Europe as coronavirus fears continue to ramp up. The grounded flights follow “a significant softening of demand and load factors into and out of” easyJet’s Northern Italian bases as well as “some slower demand” to other European destinations, said the airline. What flights are being cancelled and how will it affect your holidays?
easyJet has said it will be grounding a selection of flights, mainly to and from Italy, from 13 March until 31 March.
easyJet announced last week: “We will be making decisions to cancel some flights, particularly those into and out of Italy, while continuing to monitor the situation and adapting our flying programme to support demand.”
The budget airline added: “While it is too early to determine what the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will be on current year outlook and guidance for both the Airline and Holidays business, we continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update the market in due course.
“easyJet is working closely with authorities and are following the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and EASA to ensure the health and wellbeing of our people and customers.”
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An easyJet spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “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.”
The carrier is urging easyJet passengers to check the status of their flights via the airline’s online flight tracker.
They have also said that affected passengers will be contacted directly in order to discuss options.
British Airways and Ryanair have also cancelled flight amid coronavirus concerns.
BA has axed a number of short-haul flights from the UK due to a drop in demand.
Popular holiday destinations have been affected including Italy, France and Germany.
The flight cancellations are set to take place this month and will affect hundreds of flights.
These will be merged between March 16 and March 28.
Ryanair also confirmed it will cut 25 percent of flights in and out of Italy between the dates of March 17 and April 8.
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, shared his travel advice yesterday, saying: “While the decision to cancel flights in the face of growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus may be understandable, passengers due to travel will want to know what this means for their travel plans, especially in the run-up to the Easter holidays.
“BA and Ryanair must ensure they are keeping passengers informed and quickly rerouting them to their destinations on the next available flight, with other carriers if necessary.
“Given the circumstances, airlines should also consider offering flexibility to customers who don’t want to travel, such as allowing refunds and waiving flight change fees for both existing and future bookings.”