European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has adjusted its flight schedule to Italian destinations. The announcement comes after increased concern over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has begun to spread in Italy.
Globally, the coronavirus outbreak is continuing to spread. A total of 82,539 cases of the virus have now been confirmed, accompanied by 2,812 deaths. However, while the proportion of cases that were in China used to sit around 99%, according to the World Health Organization it now sits at 95%. This is as a result of other countries beginning to experience a rise in the number of cases of the virus.
Italy schedule altered
Going solely on the number of cases reported in each country, Italy has the third-highest number of cases of coronavirus. China leads with 78,630 cases, meanwhile, the Republic of Korea has 1,766 cases. 705 cases were confirmed on the diamond princess cruise ship, followed by 528 cases in Italy.
As governments and air carriers become more concerned over the outbreak in Italy, Wizz has taken the decision to reduce the number of flights it offers to the country. However, the European low-cost carrier stopped short of outright canceling all flights to Italy. Instead, it estimates that its capacity to the country will drop by about 60%.
Wizz Air went on to say that the cancellations between the 11th of March and the 2nd of April were enacted due to decreasing demand for routes to Italy. The news comes after the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in northern Italy.
What if I am due to travel?
Wizz Air is aware that passengers already booked on the canceled flights will be inconvenienced. The airline told Simple Flying that “passengers with bookings affected by this change will be automatically informed and accommodated on an alternative route at the earliest possible date, but at least 14 days prior to the original date of the flight.”
It went on to add that customers who had booked directly with the airline will be offered a free re-booking, a full refund, or 120% of the original fare in airline credit.
Only one route from the United Kingdom has been affected by the action. According to the carrier flights between London Luton Airport and Bari in the north of the country were due to operate two times per week between the 25th of March and the 2nd of April. They have now been outright canceled.
While Wizz Air has only notified of cancellations up until the 2nd of April, depending on how the situation pans out there could be further cancellations.
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