Budget airline Ryanair is abolishing fight change fees until next March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline, which flies from many UK airports including Birmingham and Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and East Midlands has pledged to extend the offer to customers until next March.

No fees will be charged for flights booked in October and November for travel that changes up until March 21.

However, any alterations must be made at least seven days prior to the departure date of the original booking.

Ryanair marketing and digital director Dara Brady said: “In order to provide as much flexibility and confidence as possible for our customers this autumn, we have extended the waiving of our flight change fee to October and November bookings.

“Customers can now plan a well-deserved break knowing that if their plans change they can move their flights to any new date up to March 21, 2021 without additional fees.”

The airline recently announced it was slashing its flight capacity in October, claiming: “As customer confidence is damaged by government mismanagement of Covid travel policies, many Ryanair customers are unable to travel for business or urgent family reasons without being subjected to defective 14-day quarantines.

“While it is too early yet to make final decisions on our winter schedule (from November to March), if current trends and EU governments’ mismanagement of the return of air travel and normal economic activity continue, then similar capacity cuts may be required across the winter period.”