EasyJet to cancel flights and impose pay freeze amid coronavirus fears

Decision will primarily involve routes to Italy, where there has been a spike in Covid-19 cases

EasyJet and the owner of British Airways have reported significant drops in demand because of the coronavirus outbreak and announced emergency measures, including cancelling flights, changing the size of planes used on routes and freezing pay.

The virus has hit ticket sales around the world, wiping tens of billions of dollars off industry revenues, with Asia and Europe particularly affected. EasyJet said on Friday it is cancelling hundreds of flights and imposing a pay freeze as part of a number of emergency cost-cutting measures.

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