Airlines KLM, easyJet and British Airways have already canceled dozens of flights on Sunday due to a flight ban for travelers from the UK. Ryanair’s two trips to Eindhoven that were still on the calendar this year have been canceled.
KLM has 17 passenger flights from the UK, nine British Airways (BA) and EasyJet flights another four. On Mondays and Tuesdays, this relates to similar numbers of cancellations, according to reports on airline websites.
KLM and Schiphol spokespeople are unable to say how many passengers will be affected by the ban. The impact will be monitored in the coming days.
KLM and BA flights, among others, that are still on the arrival schedule, are non-passenger flights. For example, KLM travels with passengers to the United Kingdom and then returns with a cargo to Schiphol.
Belgium is also taking measures
The Cabinet introduced a travel ban due to a mutation in the Coronavirus. This most contagious type of virus was recently discovered in the United Kingdom and was also found in the Netherlands at the beginning of December, the Ministry of Health wrote on Saturday evening.
The ban on flights with UK passengers began on December 20 at 06:00 and will remain in effect until January 1 at the latest. On Sunday, the Belgian government decided to follow the example of the Netherlands. According to the news agency Belgian The travel ban takes effect from midnight, for an initial period of 24 hours.
This has consequences for Eurostar to and from London, which will therefore not operate during the Belgian entry ban.