British Airlines and Ryanair to operate reduced services between UK and Europe, US, from March 16. Confirm flights.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 03 Mar 2020 15:25 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Reduced airline services
  • Location(s): British Airways and Ryanair networks (map)
  • Time Frame: March 16-28 (British Airways) and March 17-April 8 (Ryanair)
  • Impact: Flight cancellations; congestion possible on available aircraft

Summary
British Airways (BA) and Ryanair (FR) have canceled hundreds of flights connecting the UK with Europe and the US due to a fall in bookings due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The reduction in BA services is scheduled to run between March 16-28, though it could be extended. At this stage, 216 BA flights to Albania, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York, US, will be affected, though cancellations to other destinations could occur. FR is reducing flights by up to 25 percent on some routes between March 17-April 8; flights connecting with Italy are particularly impacted.

Congestion is possible on available aircraft airlines operating parallel routes. Other airlines could implement similar service reductions and further flight cancellations, and schedule changes could be announced in the coming weeks.

Advice
Confirm flights if scheduled to fly with BA or FR on the affected dates. Arrive at the airport early to prevent your seat being reallocated to a standby passenger.

Resources
British Airways: www.britishairways.com

Ryanair: https://ryanair.flight-status.info

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