Ryanair, Virgin, BA and more have announce flight cancellations because of the coronavirus crisis - here’s the full list
These are the airlines that have cancelled flights so far, or are drastically cutting down on their daily services. All information is correct at the time of publishing.
Ryanair has cancelled numerous flights to both Italy and Spain. The airline is also waiving change fees for passengers who want to rebook to travel at a later date.
For more information, visit the airline’s coronavirus updates page.
easyJet has cancelled a number of flights to destinations including Spain and Italy. Use the airline's flight tracker to find out if your flight is affected or visit the company’s coronavirus information page .
The airline said, “Due to the fast moving nature of the FCO and country government advice changes across Europe, we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel a number of holidays and provide full refunds to customers with trips to those countries affected. We’re proactively contacting all of our customers who are impacted.”
British Airways has cancelled flights to a number of destinations affected by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice.
The airline has cancelled all flights to and from Italy until at least 4 April, but will continue to work with authorities in order to determine a safe time to restart travel. Flights to China continue to be suspended until 18 April.
The airline is also currently waiving its change fees for passengers who want to rebook their flights at a later date.
The BA website said, “The cleanliness of our aircraft is of utmost importance. We have reviewed and made changes to our cleaning programme for aircraft including increasing our cleaning teams and audit inspections. Our disinfectant cleaning fluids are used on every aircraft after each flight to thoroughly clean all hard surfaces in the cabins and lavatories.
“All our aircraft are fitted with HEPA filters which remove particulate and bacterial contamination and provide passengers with clean air. They provide the same level of air filtration as hospital operating theatres.”
For more information, visit britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/latest-information
Virgin Atlantic also has numerous destinations with travel restrictions which affect its schedule, including the USA.
The airline has warned that it will be cutting up to 80 per cent of flights per day by 26 March.
Find out more on Virgin Atlantic's coronavirus information page.
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Wizz Air has cancelled a number of flights to affected destinations, including Italy. Find out more on Wizz Air's coronavirus information page .
Jet2 has also cancelled a number of flights to destinations affected by FCO travel advice, including both Spain and Italy.
To keep up to date with affected flights and destinations, and for further information, visit: jet2.com/flights/incident
TUI is suspending package holidays, which include flights, until further notice.
For more information, visit: tui.co.uk/destinations/info/coronavirus-faqs
The airline has cancelled a number of flights to and from mainland China. Find out more on their coronavirus information page.
The airline has recently shared its full list of suspended flight routes.
Singapore airlines has cancelled flights to destinations including Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
Find out more on Singapore Airlines' coronavirus information page.
The airline has cancelled flights to destinations including the USA, Italy and India. For more information, visit KLM's coronavirus information page.
The airline has cancelled a number of flights so far, warning that it will be cancelling up to 85 per cent of flights in total.
It is set to run a limited schedule from 25 March until 17 April. Find out more on Norwegian's coronavirus updates page .
Lufthansa has already cancelled some flights, alongside announcing that it will be reducing both short-haul and medium-haul services.
The airline has also warned that it will cut long-haul services by up to 90 per cent.
Find out more on Lufthansa's coronavirus information page.
Coronavirus: the facts
What is coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What caused coronavirus?
The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.
How is it spread?
As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But.similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.
What are the symptoms?
The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.
What precautions can be taken?
Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.
As of the 12 March the Government has moved into the "delay" phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus. Advice is that anyone with a continuous cough or high temperature should self-isolate for seven days. People over 70 have been advised not to go on cruises and schools advised to cancel trips abroad, though schools remain open.
Should I avoid public places?
Most people who feel well can continue to go to work, school and public places and should only stay at home and self isolate if advised by a medical professional or the coronavirus service.
What should I do if I feel unwell?
Don’t go to your GP but instead call NHS 111 or look online at the coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and what to do next.
When to call NHS 111
NHS 111 should be used if you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms, have been in a country with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone with the virus.
Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS