Airlines cancelling Italy flights and what to do if you had a trip booked03/10/2020
Coronavirus outbreaks in Italy have seen the whole country put on lockdown.
As a result, the FCO has changed its travel advice to against all but essential travel to the entire country – wreaking havoc on thousands of Brits' holiday plans.
Airlines had already been forced to cancel flights due to the virus, but the change in Italy advice means they are having to cancel and amend flights to Italy specifically too.
If you have a trip to Italy planned, our Coronavirus Italy advice guide has tips on the first steps to take if you're affected.
Your first step should be to get in touch with your travel firm or airline, who will be able to advise on any alternatives or offer a refund.
We've also got a general guide on coronavirus travel advice including what to do if you're already abroad and an outbreak occurs.
In the meantime, we take a look at the basics you need to know if you had flights to Italy booked, as well as which airlines are cancelling flights – check out the guide below.
Are all flights to Italy cancelled?
Because the FCO is now advising against travel to all of Italy, it's likely that if you have a flight booked in the near future, this will be cancelled.
However, not all flights to Italy are cancelled – airlines seem to predominantly be cancelling or amending flights which are set to take place within the next few weeks. So if you are due to travel later in the year, it may be that your flight is still set to go ahead as the company monitors the situation.
Get in touch with your travel firm or airline who will be able to advise on the next steps.
You can see the latest FCO advice for Italy here.
Am I entitled to my money back?
As the FCO advises against travel, if your airline cancels your flight then you won't be left out of pocket.
In this instance, you will be entitled to either a full refund, a free replacement flight to your final destination, or a free replacement flight at a later date (for example, once the travel restrictions have been lifted).
You can read more in our coronavirus refund rights guide.
British Airways: British Airways says that it has contacted all customers who are due to travel today (10th March). The airline is giving any passengers due to fly to/from Italy between now and the 4th April the option to rebook to a later date, move their destination to Geneva or Zurich, or receive a full refund. Check your booking on the British Airways website for more.
easyJet: The airline said it is currently reviewing its scheduled programme between the 10th March and 3rd April. A spokesperson for the airline told us: "The majority of flights to and from Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Venice and Verona have been cancelled for the coming days and affected customers are being advised of their options by email and SMS which include rebooking and refunding."
Wizz Air: The airline has suspended all flights to Italy until the 3rd April 2020. This includes flights from London Luton to Bari and Catania. The airline has also suspended all flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat in Israel.
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