Ryanair and Aer Lingus are suspending all flights to, from and within Italy following the decision of the Italian government to lock down the entire country to contain the spread of coronavirus virus.
Ryanair announced the suspension of its full flight schedule. These additional cuts will be implemented as follows:
From 24:00hrs Weds 11 Mar until 24:00hrs Wed 8 Apr, Ryanair will suspend all Italian domestic flights.
From 24:00hrs Fri 13 Mar until 24:00hrs Wed 8 Apr, Ryanair will suspend all Italian international flights.
Aer Lingus has cancelled all flights to and from Italy from Wednesday, March 11th until April 3rd.
All affected passengers have received email notices today informing them of these flight cancellations.
Passengers looking for repatriation can obtain a free move to an earlier Ryanair flight operating up until midnight Fri 13 March.
Affected passengers will be able to choose between a full refund or a travel credit that can be redeemed on Ryanair flights in the next 12 months.
Ryanair continues to comply fully with WHO and national Government guidance and travel bans.
The latest Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advice states that:
Travel between Italian regions, provinces and comuni (townships) is now prohibited with the exception of necessary travel for work purposes or emergencies.
Irish citizens in Italy who are obliged to move around, are advised to carry a self-declaration form, available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, that indicates their motive for doing so. This form may be requested by police. Everyone in Italy is required to have this form if requested.
At present, airports are open, and tourists returning home are permitted to travel to airports and to leave the country. Tourists should also complete this self-declaration form before travelling to the airport. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions, have been advised by the Italian government to remain indoors.