Manchester Airport has today issued a warning to travellers as several countries ban UK flights following news of the detection of the “new variant” of coronavirus.
With Canada becoming the latest country to ban all flights from the UK – joining Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Israel, France, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and more expected – amid rising fears about the spread of the new strain, Manchester Airport has taken to social media to issue a message of warning to those booked to travel over the coming days.
While Manchester Airport currently remains open to the public and in service, bosses have informed travellers that many flights are “subject to short notice change or cancellation”.
Passengers are being advised to check with airlines in advance before travelling to the airport.
In a post directly addressed to those booked to fly via its official social media platforms, Manchester Airport said: “While Manchester Airport remains open, many flights are subject to short notice change or cancellation.
“If you are due to be flying to a country with restrictions in place, please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.”
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) strain sweeping across London and the south east of England has prompted certain EU nations to start restricting inbound flights from the UK.
In addition to the ban by the aforementioned European countries, the Czech Republic has imposed stricter quarantine measures for people arriving from Britain, and Turkey and Morocco have announced they will be suspending air travel from the UK, while the official Saudi Press Agency reports Saudi Arabia is also suspending international flights for one week.
El Salvador is too barring entry to anyone who has visited the UK in the preceding 30 days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is today due to chair a meeting of the UK Government’s COBRA Civil Contingencies Committee.
On Saturday, Mr Johnson said there was “no evidence” the new variant “causes more severe illness or higher mortality”, but “it does appear to be passed on significantly more easily”.
He added that the new strain could be up to 70% more transmissible than the old virus variant.
For the latest information, guidance and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, please do refer to official sources at gov.uk/coronavirus.