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Ryanair cancels flights as Covid-19 causes ‘significant drop in bookings’

This follows flight cancellations by a number of carriers, including British Airways and easyJet.

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Ryanair is cancelling flights due to the coronavirus (Niall Carson/PA)

Ryanair is cancelling flights due to the coronavirus (Niall Carson/PA)

Ryanair is cancelling flights due to the coronavirus (Niall Carson/PA)

Ryanair has become the latest airline to cancel flights due to a drop in demand caused by Covid-19.

The Dublin-based carrier said it is reducing frequencies on some routes by up to 25%, which will particularly affect its flights to and from Italy.

The reduced schedule will operate from March 17 until April 8 following a “significant drop in bookings” over the period, according to the carrier.

This follows flight cancellations by a number of carriers, including British Airways and easyJet.

This is a time for calmRyanair Group chief executive Michael O’Leary

Ryanair said it is taking a series of measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

These include “rolling schedule cuts”, allocating leave or paid leave to pilots and cabin crew, working with suppliers to cut costs and freezing recruitment, promotion and pay across its network.

PA