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UK News Chaos for holidaymakers as flights and holidays axed over coronavirus

19:50  14 march  2020
19:50  14 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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CORONAVIRUS has led to many airlines cancelling flights and now Ryanair has axed flights to and from Poland. The cancelled flights start from tomorrow until the end of March. How will the move affect your holidays ?

British holidaymakers' travel plans have been thrown into disarray after dozens of flights and holidays were cancelled over coronavirus fears.

a close up of text on a black background: A number of flights from Birmingham Airport have been cancelled today © Other A number of flights from Birmingham Airport have been cancelled today

Jet2 planes heading to Spain turned back mid-flight on Saturday morning after the low-cost airline announced the cancellation of flights to the country, as well as the Balearic and the Canary Islands.

Meanwhile, travel company TUI cancelled holidays booked in Spain this weekend, saying it would offer alternative holiday options or a full-refund to customers.

All Ryanair Group flights - including Buzz and Lauda - to and from Poland have been cancelled from midnight on Saturday to midnight on 31 March.

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Poland is closing its borders and denying all foreigners entry unless they live in Poland or have personal ties there. Non-citizens allowed in will be quarantined for 14 days.

Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all but essential travel to La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro.

It is also advising against all but essential travel to all of Poland.

After cancelling flights to Spain, Jet2 said in a statement: "We know local measures will have a significant impact on our customers' holidays, which is why we have taken this decision.

"We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.

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"This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK.

"The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their understanding."

Jet2 had already cancelled all flights to Italy as well as a host of other destinations, including the Czech Republic, Austria, Malta and Cyprus.

Ryanair said it had cancelled flights "in response to the decision of the Polish government to 'lock down' the entire country".

A spokesman added: "We are contacting all affected customers by email to advise them of their options and we urge customers not to call us.

"This is a fast-moving and complex situation and the safety and well-being of our people and customers is our main priority.

"We will continue to comply fully with all WHO and EASA guidelines and we will follow any travel restrictions that are imposed."

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Earlier, LOT Polish Airlines, which flies to UK airports including Heathrow, Edinburgh and Nottingham, suspended all connections from both Poland and Hungary for a period of 10 days from 15 March.

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