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Flights from Stansted, Luton and Southend cancelled as Italy imposes coronavirus lockdown

Budget airlines have introduced a reduced schedule to Italy Credit: ITV Anglia

Airlines have cut flights to northern Italy after the country went into lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Ryanair, which operates from Stansted and Southend airports, have announced a cancellation of all flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Between Friday-Monday, the budget airline are only operating one flight to places like Milan and Venice.

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The Foreign Office amended its advice to warn against all but essential travel to Italy on Monday evening, as the number of dead in the country rose to 463.

The reduced schedule will be introduced on Friday, 13 March, according to Ryanair.

A spokesman for the airline said: "All affected passengers have received email notices today of these flight cancellations/changes.

"If passengers have not received an email, then they can expect their flights to operate as originally scheduled."

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EasyJet are also reducing the number of flights they make to Italy.

On Tuesday, 10 March, the 5.25pm flight to Milan Malpensa was cancelled.

The company's website said the cancellation was "due to recently introduced health and travel restrictions in Italy".

It said the disruption is "beyond our control and is considered an extraordinary circumstance" and that affected passengers would be offered refunds.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected multiple other airlines:

  • Alitalia, Italy's national carrier, have suspended all national and international flights.
  • British Airways has cancelled flights to Milan and Venice.
  • Wizz Air, which has a large base at Luton Airport, has stopped its routes to Milan, Treviso and Bergamo.

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