British Airways and Ryanair cancel hundreds of flights due to Coronavirus outbreak

British Airways and Ryanair have cancelled hundreds of flights between the UK and Europe and the US due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Airways cancellation’s include flights between Heathrow and Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland and New York JFK.

The airline has also cancelled flights between Gatwick and Italy, France and Albania – and London City flights to and from Italy and Germany.

BA said the changes to its timetable as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak would see “a number of flights merged between 16 March and 28 March”.

A spokesman for the airline said: “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.”

Ryanair is reducing frequencies on some routes by up to 25%, particularly affecting flights to and from Italy.

The airline said it would operate a reduced schedule between 17 March and 8 April because of a “significant drop in bookings” over the period caused by concern over Coronavirus outbreak.

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