TRAVELLERS have been left stuck in Italy after airlines in the UK grounded all flights to the country for the next month due to coronavirus.
The UK government has advised against all travel to Italy as coronavirus cases near 10,000, leading to the cancellations of flights to the entire country.
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British Airways and Ryanair both announced plans to cancel all flights until next month, with BA grounding all flights from today while Ryanair said it would begin on Friday.
EasyJet and Jet2 have also cancelled flights to and from Italy.
However, passengers have been left stranded in Italy after their flights were cancelled at the last minute, with no alternative options offered.
Jess Nicholls, 43, told PA she felt "dumped" by the airline after it notified her by email that her flight from Rome to London would be cancelled.
The enterprise change consultant said she was seeking an "acknowledgement that they just stranded loads of passengers when they said they would get us home".
She added: "Their website was down, their call centres are overloaded and we got an email after midnight saying our flight was cancelled. It's putting more passengers in danger."
Jess said she "had to fight" to secure a place on a flight from BA-owned Vueling on Tuesday, which she was told was currently operating as planned.
Others took to social media in a bid to try and find alternative flights home.
One person said: "Lovely…thank you @British_Airways for leaving us stuck in Italy..cancelling our flight at 1 in the morning #neverusingthemagain"
Another person added: "Cool so @British_Airways is just gonna cancel all my attempts to book flights and leave us stranded in Italy?"
Other airline passengers were also stuck: "I am stranded in Verona. Flights back via both @British_Airways and @Ryanair cancelled. Advice or assistance appreciated."
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