Ryanair bosses have offered their fleet of planes to help repatriate Brits and others as well as provide rescue flights across Europe.

The airline made the call after the coronavirus crisis saw Boris Johnson order a UK-wide lockdown.

Hours before the lockdown, the Foreign Office advised all Brits abroad to come back to the UK immediately.

And Ryanair has offered to help bring back any UK nationals currently stranded abroad.

The airline tweeted today: “All of the team here at Ryanair are working hard to provide repatriation and rescue flights for many EU governments.

“For the next week, we will operate daily or weekly flights from the below routes to facilitate our passengers dealing with emergencies that require urgent travel.”

The tweet then referred readers to a post which showed people where Ryanair would operate flights between Friday, March 27, and Thursday, April 2.

Ryanair’s list of flights can be found here.

Ryainair is offering rescue missions across Europe

Company bosses stress the aircraft are disinfected daily and have limited passenger capacity to maintain social distancing.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary added: “We ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult ties to maintain vital links to/ from Ireland and to/ from the UK to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks.”

The announcement comes as the airline industry mostly remained grounded due to the unprecedented spread of coronavirus.

While many flights are continuing to take to the skies during the outbreak, numerous franchises have begged for government bailouts as the crisis worsens.

Coronavirus’s chokehold on the global economy even led The Airline Industry Association to declare the disease as the worse crisis to affect aviation companies.

Ryanair has offered its fleet to help repatriate Brits

It emerged after British airlines and airports were told they were unlikely to receive an industry-wide bailout.

UK Chancellor, Rishi Sinak, wrote to airline chiefs and reiterated the measures he announced on Friday to support jobs.

He did concede, however, that “as a last resort” there could be discussions with firms about how those measures had been taken into account.