March 14, 2020 / 12:09 PM / a month ago cancels flights to Spain over coronavirus

FILE PHOTO - People look out at a aircraft from the departures area of Lanzarote Airport, in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, February 26, 2020. Picture taken February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

LONDON (Reuters) - British budget airline cancelled all of its flights to Spain on Saturday after the country declared a state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus.

“We have taken the decision to cancel all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect,” the airline, which is owned by leisure operator Dart Group (DTG.L), said in a statement.

“We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.”

The tourism sector has been hammered by the spread of coronavirus. British Airways (ICAG.L) has warned of job losses and Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) said it had “weeks not months” to avert collapse. [nL8N2B6529] is Britain’s third-biggest airline in terms of passenger numbers, behind easyJet(EZJ.L) and British Airways.

Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Frances Kerry

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