Ryanair is cutting a quarter of flights to and from Italy for three weeks from the middle of this month as coronavirus hits bookings.

The airline told passengers on Monday that it would cut its short-haul flight programme, mainly to and from Italy, by up to 25 per cent for three weeks from Tuesday, March 17th – St Patrick’s Day – to Wednesday, April 8th.

Ryanair blamed a “significant drop” in bookings over the late March/early April period, in response to the covid-19 virus” for its decision.

The Irish carrier added that a significant number of passengers were not showing up for flights, particularly those to and from Italy, the European country worst hit by coronavirus, now dubbed covid-19.

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