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Coronavirus: Ryanair, easyJet and BA are among the airlines that refuse cash refunds

Ryanair, easyJet and BA are among the airlines refusing cash refunds to passengers despite the Foreign Ministry travel ban due to global corona virus

  • Thousands of travelers are desperate to cancel their upcoming vacation
  • It follows the government’s warning against anything but essential travel anywhere
  • Which? airlines found refuse refunds for flights that are still scheduled
  • ** Have you refused a flight return? Send an email: mark.duell@mailonline.co.uk or tips@dailymail.com **
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Airlines refuse to give passengers cash back despite the travel ban from the State Department during the corona virus pandemic.

Thousands of travelers are desperate to cancel their upcoming vacation following the government’s warning against anything but essential travel around the world.

However, a survey by consumer champions Which? determined that airlines, including British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, refused to let them cancel and demand a refund for flights yet to take place.

British Airways planes parked at London City Airport today while the lock continues in the UK

British Airways planes parked at London City Airport today while the lock continues in the UK

Grounded easyJet planes are parked at London Luton Airport on Tuesday due to the virus

Grounded easyJet planes are parked at London Luton Airport on Tuesday due to the virus

Grounded easyJet planes are parked at London Luton Airport on Tuesday due to the virus

This is despite the fact that any trip would be contrary to government advice and would invalidate travel insurance.

Some flights even run to countries that have banned UK residents.

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Under normal circumstances, airlines are only legally required to offer a cash refund if they cancel a flight.

Instead, passengers who no longer wish to travel are told to rebook or accept a voucher for the face value of the flight.

Many are reluctant to accept these offers because they cannot predict when the pandemic will end and whether their airlines will survive the crisis.

A Ryanair jet is seen on the tarmac at Dublin Airport next to an Aer Lingus aircraft on Monday

A Ryanair jet is seen on the tarmac at Dublin Airport next to an Aer Lingus aircraft on Monday

A Ryanair jet is seen on the tarmac at Dublin Airport next to an Aer Lingus aircraft on Monday

Nine passenger aircraft of the Hungarian airline WizzAir parked at Debrecen Airport on Sunday

Nine passenger aircraft of the Hungarian airline WizzAir parked at Debrecen Airport on Sunday

Nine passenger aircraft of the Hungarian airline WizzAir parked at Debrecen Airport on Sunday

This has left many passengers hundreds of pounds out of their pocket as they have no choice but to cancel and try to recover their losses through their travel insurance.

EasyJet passenger loses £ 190 after flying to Geneva

An easyJet passenger has lost £ 190 for flying the airline to Geneva next Friday.

Harvey Mozer told MailOnline that he was aware of Swiss and French travel restrictions, and easyJet offered him a “free” opportunity to move his flight to January next year.

However, he added: ‘The downside to this was that my original flight was £ 250 return and the replacement flight was only £ 60 return.

“I decided to take what was offered in case I missed the flight next week, due to a possible last minute website crash etc., and I would lose £ 250.

“They wouldn’t offer a refund, even if they probably canceled the flight. They indicate on their website that they will not offer refunds due to extraordinary circumstances! ‘

Mr Mozer added that he was somewhat ‘out of the ordinary because I have now lost £ 190’.

Which? cited an example of a BA passenger named Lynette who lost £ 550 when she canceled her flight to Thailand following the Foreign Ministry travel ban.

Ryanair and EasyJet also refuse to offer cash refunds on flights operated by the operator.

Even worse, some Ryanair passengers who tried to rebook their flights found that the “ change fares ” are more expensive than a new ticket on the same flight.

Passenger scores have also failed to make the refund system work.

Last week, some Ryanair passengers were informed that their flight had departed after it was previously said to have been canceled.

Some had only two hours in advance to receive a refund and were unable to claim a refund if they did not make the flight.

In the worst example of Which? Hungarian airline Wizz Air still charges € 30- € 40 (£ 27- £ 37) per passenger, per flight to rebook – or € 60 (£ 55) to cancel. These costs even apply to countries that have closed their borders.

Rory Boland, editor of which? Travel said: “Despite the fact that there are travel restrictions around the world, passengers who booked flights before this outbreak and who had not yet been canceled are now trapped between a rock and a hard place – unable to fly while a refund will be refused.

“We would urge anyone with a flight who is still planning to rebook before the departure date to be informed that the new flight will be canceled.

“To make this possible, airlines that have not yet done so should urgently waive the cost of changing flights to ensure that passengers with no choice but to book are not penalized.”

The Daily Mail contacted British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair today for comment.

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Woman is told to arrive at Luton Airport in plenty of time for a Wizz Air flight to Hungary – despite British being unable to enter the country

WizzAir still operates flights from London to Budapest and Sofia, despite British citizens currently unable to enter Hungary or Bulgaria.

Hannah Walsh was scheduled to fly to Budapest with Wizz Air on Tuesday and had expected her flight to be canceled.

But instead, she was shocked to receive an email about her upcoming flight, encouraging her to arrive at London Luton Airport in plenty of time.

Hannah Walsh received an email from Wizz Air about her upcoming flight to Budapest encouraging her to arrive at London Luton Airport in plenty of time

Hannah Walsh received an email from Wizz Air about her upcoming flight to Budapest encouraging her to arrive at London Luton Airport in plenty of time

Hannah Walsh received an email from Wizz Air about her upcoming flight to Budapest encouraging her to arrive at London Luton Airport in plenty of time

Wizz Air said it “expected a very high number of passengers.”

But Ms. Walsh is not a Hungarian citizen, so she might have been stranded at the airport if she had flown.

She had spent a total of £ 62 for two passengers and had to choose between paying Wizz Air’s cancellation or rebooking fees or missing her flight.

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