You only have to crane your neck upwards to see it. The skies above Britain, normally criss-crossed with contrails, are noticeably clearer than they have been in perhaps half a century. There is an obvious reason for this. With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, airlines have slashed their schedules – partly because of closed borders and restrictions on international travel, partly due to the slump in demand as much of the planet self-isolates.

This, of course, includes the UK, where some of the world’s busiest carriers have been reducing flight numbers, attempting to lower their overheads as the crisis bites. Yesterday (March 25), Ryanair announced that it was paring its UK services down to 12 routes, announcing that “as most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90 per cent of [our] aircraft will be grounded for the coming weeks”. EasyJet has cut its operations almost to the bone. As long ago (in pandemic terms) as March 16, Virgin Atlantic said it would park 75 per cent of its fleet by March 26 – and 85 per cent in April.

There are, though, exceptions. British Airways is ploughing on with a worldwide service – albeit mainly from London Heathrow, and with a reduced frequency. KLM is maintaining several of its links between Britain and Amsterdam. The closure of airports in the United Arab Emirates has largely limited the capacity of Emirates and Etihad to take off, but their regional competitor Qatar Airways is still in the air and on the tarmac in the UK. Scottish carrier Loganair is carrying on with select business in and out of its hub Glasgow – and Wizz Air is shuttling back and forth to various runways in eastern Europe.

The list below is NOT exhaustive, and while it was correct at time of writing (March 26), should not be used as a basis for planning a journey. If you are intending to travel in these straitened times (and cannot realistically postpone your journey until a later date), you should check the latest status of the flight directly with the airline.

Flights still operating out of UK airports

The services below include codeshare arrangements. Therefore – for example – American Airlines flights are included in the British Airways list; Delta under Virgin Atlantic, etc. Listings are based on the relevant airports’ departure boards on the morning of March 26.

LONDON HEATHROW

Aer Lingus: Dublin

Air Canada: Vancouver

Air China: Beijing

Air France: Paris

Air Malta: Valletta

Air France: Paris

Air Serbia: Belgrade

Alitalia: Rome

All Nippon Airways: Tokyo

British Airways: Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basel, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Cork, Dallas-Fort-Worth, Doha, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Geneva, Gibraltar, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Inverness, Leeds, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Marseille, Mexico City, Munich, Muscat, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nice, Osaka, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seattle, Seychelles, Shannon, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Toulouse, Valencia, Vancouver, Zurich

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong

China Eastern: Shanghai

El Al: Tel Aviv

Kuwait Airways: Kuwait

Icelandair: Reykjavik

Iran Air: Tehran

KLM: Amsterdam

Korean Air: Seoul

LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw

Lufthansa: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich

Malaysia Airlines: Kuala Lumpur

Scandinavian Airlines: Stockholm

Singapore Airlines: Singapore

Sri Lanka Airlines: Colombo

Swiss International Airlines: Zurich

TAP: Lisbon

Virgin Atlantic: Los Angeles, Mexico City

LONDON GATWICK

Air Cairo: Cairo

Aer Lingus: Dublin, West Knock

Air Transat: Toronto

Aurigny: Guernsey

British Airways: Alicante, Amsterdam, Antigua, Arrecife, Bilbao, Bridgetown, Cancun, Dublin, Faro, Funchal, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kingston, Male, Palma de Mallorca, San Jose, Seville, Tenerife

easyJet: Belfast

Ryanair: Dublin

Wizz Air: Bucharest, Cluj

LONDON STANSTED

Ryanair: Berlin, Budapest, Cork, Dublin, Eindhoven, Lisbon

Loganair: Dundee

LONDON LUTON

Wizz Air: Bucharest, Budapest, Sofia

easyJet: Belfast

LIVERPOOL

easyJet: Belfast

Loganair: Isle of Man

Ryanair: Dublin

Wizz Air: Bucharest

MANCHESTER

Aer Lingus: Dublin

Air Transat: Toronto

Air France: Paris

British Airways: Heathrow

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong

easyJet: Belfast

Ethiopian: Addis Ababa

KLM: Amsterdam

Loganair: Aberdeen

Qatar Airways: Doha

Ryanair: Dublin

GLASGOW

Aer Lingus: Dublin

Air Transat: Toronto

British Airways: Heathrow

KLM: Amsterdam

Loganair: Barra, Benbecula, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Tiree

Ryanair: Dublin

EDINBURGH

Aer Lingus: Dublin

British Airways: Heathrow

easyJet: Belfast

KLM: Amsterdam

LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw

Loganair: Kirkwall

Qatar Airways: Doha

ABERDEEN

British Airways: Heathrow

Eastern Airways: Humberside, Scatsta

Loganair: Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Norwich, Sumburgh

CARDIFF

KLM: Amsterdam

Qatar Airways: Doha

BRISTOL

KLM: Amsterdam

Loganair: Aberdeen

Ryanair: Dublin

BIRMINGHAM

Aer Lingus: Dublin

easyJet: Belfast

KLM: Amsterdam

Loganair: Aberdeen

Qatar Airways: Doha

Ryanair: Dublin

TUI: Cancun

Wizz Air: Bucharest

LEEDS-BRADFORD

British Airways: Heathrow

KLM: Amsterdam

NEWCASTLE

British Airways: Heathrow

EAST MIDLANDS

No flights scheduled to depart today (March 26)

EXETER

No flights scheduled to depart today (March 26)

HUMBERSIDE

Eastern Airways: Aberdeen

SOUTHAMPTON

Aurigny: Guernsey

Blue Islands: Jersey

NORWICH

Loganair: Aberdeen

BELFAST

easyJet: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester

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