Austrian Airlines (AUA) temporarily suspended flights from Vienna to Venice, Milan and Bologna due to the coronavirus.
The official flight stop of the Austrian Ministry of Health made the approach no longer possible, the airline announced on Monday evening. The ban applies from 10 March to the end of March.
AUA continues to fly to Rome and Nepael
Flights to Rome and Naples will continue to operate for the time being, the airline said in a statement. “However, due to the dynamic developments surrounding the Corona virus, further flight cancellations are not excluded.”
The AUA has operated up to three daily flights to Venice and Bologna, while Milan has had up to six. The flight program was severely thinned last week due to the slump in demand. Passengers whose flights have been cancelled will be rebooked or will be refunded if possible.
Ryanair cancels more flights
Laudamotion parent company Ryanair announced on Monday that it would cancel further flights to and from Italy. The discount will affect flights until 8 April. The decision came after the Italian government introduced travel restrictions in the north of the country over the weekend to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Europe’s largest low-cost airline announced it would suspend all Italian domestic flights to and from Bergamo, Parma, Treviso and Milan’s Malpensa Airport from Tuesday. The airline will also offer a greatly reduced international flight schedule to these four cities, as well as to Venice and Rimini. Flights there are only operated on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Ryanair and its Austrian subsidiary Laudamotion have so far reduced their flights by a quarter. Laudamotion will completely halt flights to Bergamo and Bologna from tomorrow, Tuesday: “In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Europe, the Republic of Austria will ban the landing of passenger aircraft in some regions of Italy from 10 to 23 March 2020. Affected passengers can of course rebook free of charge in case of flight cancellation and receive a refund on request,” a spokeswoman said in writing in response to APA’s request.