Ryanair forced to 'severely reduce' flights to Spain after country goes into 15-day coronavirus lockdown

RYANAIR has been forced to 'severely reduce' their flights to and from Spain after the country has gone into a 15-day lockdown.

Flights to and from Spain, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands will be reduced until March 19.


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The airline said in a statement their flights will be culled starting at 11pm tonight.

Some flights bound for Spain turned around as word spread of the lockdown.

Jet2 and TUI yesterday cancelled hundreds of flights to Spain with planes forced to turn around mid-air in the coronavirus chaos.

At least five Jet2 flights heading to Malaga and Alicante from the UK had to perform a dramatic U-turn.

Jet2 – based at nine UK airports and flies to Benidorm, Malaga and Lanzarote – cancelled all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands for at least the next seven days.

Meanwhile, TUI axed all flights and holidays to Spain until Monday, with flights to Malta, Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Cyprus also effected.

Spain declared the lockdown after their confirmed cases soared above 6,000 and 196 people died.

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Ryanair has become the latest airlines to scale back its flights to Spain after it declared a 15-day lockdown.

So what are the other airlines doing? Will they follow suit?

British Airways

The airline confirmed they were not cancelling flights to Spain over coronavirus fears.

Instead, passengers will be allowed to change their destination, date of travel, or both for free, on all new bookings made from Tuesday 3 March to Sunday 31 May.

Any exciting bookings that will depart up to May 31 will also be able to be changed.

easyJet

easyJet has not yet announced any drastic measures around flights to Spain.

However, the airline said their passengers will be allowed to change their flight online without paying a change fee.

They also specified: "Where we’ve been required to cancel flights, customers will be able to transfer to an alternative flight free of charge or receive a refund"

Ryanair

The Irish airline will significantly scale back its operations on Monday over the coronavirus crisis.

The airline said they wer forced to 'severely reduce' flights to and from Spain, the Balearic Island and Canary Island from 11pm tonight to March 19.

Similiarly to BA and easyJet, Ryanair has waived its change fee for those who wish to change their travel plans.

TUI

The tourism company today said that following local measures made to fight coronavirus, they had "made the difficult decision to cancel holidays due to travel between 14 and 16 March".

They said: "Although there is currently no advice from the UK Government against travelling to Spain it would not be the holiday experience we would want for our customers."

Holidaymarkers due to travel to Alicante between 14 March and 16 March will now be contacted to be offered alternative holiday options or a full-refund.

Any customers due to travel between 17 March and 23 March will be contacted about their holiday on Monday 16 March.

In a televised announcement to the public, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the people of Spain are not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

Spaniards are only be allowed to leave to buy food, medicines, go to hospital or work.

Bars, restaurants, shops selling anything but food and other basic staples, conference centres and all leisure and sports activities – including cinemas, theatres, swimming pools or football grounds – are shut down.

Police were seen ushering people from beaches and are expected to carry out searches of vehicles to make sure people are only leaving their home for the right reasons.

Public transport has been curtailed, with medium-distance rail operators ordered to reduce their services.

Sanchez said he was aware the measures will have a major impact on citizens and businesses but promised the government would do all it can to mitigate the impact.

"I want to tell the workers, the self-employed, and businesses that the government of Spain is going to do everything in its power to cushion the effects of this crisis," he said.

Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe after Italy – where their cases leaped by 20 per cent to 21,157.


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