TRAVELLERS have been left stuck in Italy after airlines in the UK grounded all flights to the country for the next month due to coronavirus.
The UK government has advised against all travel to Italy as coronavirus cases near 10,000, leading to the cancellations of flights to the entire country.
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British Airways and Ryanair both announced plans to cancel all flights until next month, with BA grounding all flights from today while Ryanair said it would begin on Friday.
EasyJet and Jet2 have also cancelled flights to and from Italy.
However, passengers have been left stranded in Italy after their flights were cancelled at the last minute, with no alternative options offered.
One told PA she felt “dumped” by the airline after it notified her by email that her flight from Rome to London would be cancelled.
The woman said she was seeking an “acknowledgement that they just stranded loads of passengers when they said they would get us home”.
She added: “Their website was down, their call centres are overloaded and we got an email after midnight saying our flight was cancelled. It’s putting more passengers in danger.”
She also said that she “had to fight” to secure a place on a flight from BA-owned Vueling on Tuesday, which she was told was currently operating as planned.
Others took to social media in a bid to try and find alternative flights home.
One person said: “Lovely…thank you @British_Airways for leaving us stuck in Italy..cancelling our flight at 1 in the morning #neverusingthemagain”
Another person added: “Cool so @British_Airways is just gonna cancel all my attempts to book flights and leave us stranded in Italy?”
Other airline passengers were also stuck: “I am stranded in Verona. Flights back via both @British_Airways and @Ryanair cancelled. Advice or assistance appreciated.”
Someone else asked: “Currently stuck in Italy after booking a @BritishAirways flight back to England for the flight 2 hours later to be cancelled.
“No @easyJet @jet2tweets or @Ryanair flights back from Verona. No advice from any of the travel operators or from the @foreignoffice.”
Some people were struggling to find out what to do next: “BA – you have just cancelled our BA7022 return flight from Florence back to London.
“You have not put us on an alternative flight. You are not answering your phones. How do you propose we get home? Or is the plan to leave us stranded for 26 days?”
Thousands are thought to be stranded abroad: “What am I supposed to do regarding my return flight from Turin to LGW with BA on Thursday?
“Been on hold for over an hour now. Leaving 30k British citizens stranded in Italy is disgraceful.”
However, Ryanair flights are continuing to fly until Thursday, and will then reduce services to one a day to destinations in Italy.
A Jet2 spokesperson said they were “contacting customers who are currently in Italy to arrange to fly them back to the UK”.
Sun Online Travel contacted British Airways and easyJet for comment.
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