Italy Closes Major Airports During Coronavirus Crisis

The Italian government is shutting down airports, allowing only one airport per region to operate due to the Coronavirus. The closures include Ciampino Airport in Rome, Linate Airport in Milan and a section of Rome’s main airport, Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci Airport).

As of the 14th of March, Ciampino Airport will close in order to better control borders, as well as in response to flight cancellations. Campino Airport is a well-known airport for its low-cost airline services including the Irish airline, Ryanair.

Ryanair sent the following email to their subscribers:

“This week, on Tuesday (10 Mar), we suspended all flights to/from Italy (Sat 14 Mar to Thu 9 Apr) when the Italian Government ‘locked down’ all of Italy. While this situation is beyond our control, our Customer Service team have been helping customers move onto other Ryanair flights so they can get home. Please visit the dedicated section on Covid-19 on the Ryanair website for more information”.

Fumincino Airport is shutting down its main terminal (Terminal 1) starting on March 17th, 2020 with thousands of flights being canceled in and out of Italy.

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, has organized a travel ban to the U.S that covers all of Europe except for Ireland and the United Kingdom (which recently left the EU). The ban does not apply to US citizens or their families, but they must self-quarantine for 14 days after re-entering the United States.

Italy recorded it’s worst figures of the virus on March 13th 2020. So far there are 17,660 cases with 1,266 deaths in Italy. Source

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