North East cancellations after Netherlands bans travel from UK

Video report by Gregg Easteal

A growing number of nations have banned flights and travel from the UK in a bid to stop a mutant strain of Covid-19 from crossing their borders.

In Europe France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria and the Netherlands have all said they will halt flights arriving from the UK.

In the North East, two flights from Newcastle International Airport to Amsterdam have been cancelled.

A North Shields to Amsterdam ferry, which was due to said Sunday night, has also been cancelled.

The Netherlands ban came into force on Sunday morning. It is expected to last for the rest of the year, at least.

We spoke to people at Newcastle's Central Station on Monday morning (21 December)

Back in the UK, the government has announced it will refund rail and coach tickets booked for the Christmas travel window, after the rules changed.

People are being reminded to stay close to home over the festive period. Ordinarily this week would be one of the busiest of the year.