International travel limited as air routes close

New restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving

Travel restrictions and a slump in demand due to the coronavirus have forced airlines to cancel most flights and temporarily reduce staff.

Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and EasyJet have all grounded most of their fleets, while BA-owner IAG has cut capacity by 75% and Norwegian Air has cancelled thousands of flights.

The annual worldwide revenues from ticket sales would fall by $252 bn (£215 bn) if travel bans remain in place for three months, a drop of 44% compared to last year.

British airways

They still offer flexible booking options and rearranging of travel plans if necessary.

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Wizzair

A number of Wizz Air flights are subject to cancellations. Passengers with bookings affected by these cancellations are informed at the earliest possible date and offered a full refund. Rebooking for an alternative route is only possible if there is no airport lockdown or air travel restriction in the given country. 

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Ryanair

Ryanair suspends a number of flights from Italy to Austria. All customers affected by these specific changes have been notified of their options of a full refund or a free flight time/date change.

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Easy JET

They will be grounding the majority of their aircraft from Tuesday 24 March onwards.

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TAP Air Portugal

They still offer flexible booking options and rearranging of travel plans if necessary. rigorous hygiene and routine cleaning of their aircraft and workplaces, as well as the implementation of further cleansing and disinfection procedures specifically designed to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Alitalia

All passengers who purchased a ticket issued by 3 April for a flight departing from 25 February to 31 May can request the following by 31 May:

  • To change your booking for another trip taking place by 31 December
  • A refund with a voucher of equal value to the ticket purchased, valid for one year, to fly to any destination offered by Alitalia.

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LOT Polish Airlines

The Government of Poland has suspended air traffic from March 15 until March 28, 2020

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Iberia Airlines

Flight schedules may change at short notice to comply with regulatory directives or operational requirements. From 00:00 hours on 23 March 2020, the authorities will only allow entry into Spain if you can prove what:

  • 1. You are a national of Spain
  • 2. You are a national of a European Union Member Country or Schengen Associated Country

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Bulgaria Air

Flights are reduced or merged until mid-April.

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