Ryanair and Aer Lingus monitor impact of coronavirus on travel to Italy
Italy temporarily banned public events in Lombardy and Veneto following a spike in the number of confirmed virus cases to 130 over the weekend
Irish airlines were keeping a watching brief on Sunday after Italian authorities announced closures in the north of the country following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.
Aer Lingus said that it was “monitoring the situation and following all guidelines from the relevant authorities in relation to this issue”.
The three airports that serve Milan continued their services as normal. Two of them, Linate and Malpensa, told passengers that regular activity continued.
The third, Bergamo, where Ryanair has a base, maintained operations as normal.
A notice on its website referred those returning from affected countries to Italian health authorities for advice.
Lombardy and Veneto said they would close schools for a week beginning on Monday while the affected regions postponed carnivals, football matches and fashion shows.
Italy’s top football competition, Serie A, postponed three fixtures, Atalanta versus Sassuolo, Hellas Verona versus Cagliari, and Inter Milan versus Sampdoria. Milan’s famous La Scala opera house was forced to cancel performances.
Venice Carnival, held to mark the beginning of Lent this week, has also been suspended.