Smartwings/Czech Airlines to Suspend All Flights To and From Czech Republic

The main Czech airline group Smartwings/Czech Airlines will suspend all flights to and from the Czech Republic by Monday in response to government travel restrictions meant to fight the spread of coronavirus, the airline said on Friday.

The government has agreed to ban foreigners from entering the country and Czechs travelling abroad as of Monday, with some exceptions.

Smartwings said it would ground up to 23 planes, half of its fleet.

The Czech Republic on Friday introduced an unprecedented travel ban in a fight against the coronavirus.

Czechs and foreigners with permanent or long-term residency in the Czech Republic will not be allowed to leave the country, beginning on 16 March. Foreigners will not be able to enter the country for the next 30 days.

People working abroad (within 50km of the Czech border) will be able to cross.

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic has now reached 120, with over 4,800 people quarantined. Cases have now been recorded in all regions of the country. Prague has the highest number, with 50 cases.

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