Thousands of holidaymakers have had their trips cancelled as the country enters its second week in lock-down.

A number of travel and airline operators have cancelled bookings in line with government advice in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Although most businesses are offering full refunds, some are offering customers the chance to rearrange their flights for a future date.

Ryanair are one of the companies offering this option.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said that the number of no-shows on flights had increased by roughly 50%. However he was “optimistic that this drop in demand will be reasonably short-lived”.

“Me and my wife are currently booked to fly to the Dominican Republic… Her grandfather died last week but we can’t travel as everything is in lock-down.” – Michael Roddy

Patrick Mullan, 37, from Derry, is one of the unlucky holidaymakers who has lost out. Patrick had two trips planned, one in April and one in June.

“I had planned to travel to Liverpool in April for a stag do with EasyJet but I’ve been offered to rearrange my flight for a later date.

“I’ve also got a trip planned to New York in June with Aer Lingus but I’m not sure what is happening with that. Hopefully I’ll get my money back.”

Michael Roddy, a Northern Ireland Electricity employee from Derry, has also had to deal with the travel disruption.

“Me and my wife are currently booked to fly to the Dominican Republic in May as she has family there. Her grandfather died last week but we can’t travel as everything is in lock-down.

“We’ve booked with Delta Airlines to fly from Dublin but we’re now being offered to change our flights. I would love to go in June but even that is highly unlikely.”

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Posted by Cormac Clarke – Journalist on Tuesday, March 31, 2020