Published on : Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Ryanair cancels all flights to winter holiday destinations until February – affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers.
The Moroccan government has put a ban on overseas flights until next week as the world races to contain the new Omicron variant, but Ryanair has decided to extend the timeframe due to “a lack of clarity” from the country.
On November 29, Morocco announced a two-week ban on all overseas flights, including those from the UK, scheduled to end on December 13.
The Moroccan government said it was stopping all overseas flights in a bid to protect Moroccan citizens from the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Europe and Africa. The coronavirus case numbers are significantly higher in the UK compared to Morocco.
Yesterday, the UK recorded 43,992 new cases, and Morocco recorded 90. Despite the Moroccan government giving no indication that the flight ban would continue past December 13, Ryanair has cancelled its flights until February 1.
Ryanair bosses have shared concerns that they do not know what to expect beyond the end of the the ban.
The airline has notified affected passengers and given them the option of a travel voucher, refund, or to rebook their journey.
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial Jason McGuinness said that they are deeply regret this disruption to their passengers from these cancelled Morocco flights until February 1, 2022, due to a lack of clarity from the Moroccan authorities on what to expect beyond their initial travel ban ruling to December 13.
Ryanair regrets the unnecessary disruption caused and apologises to all of our passengers for this outcome, which is entirely beyond our control.
This is not the first time Morocco enforced a flight ban. In October, flights from the UK, Germany and Netherlands were banned due to concerns about the coronavirus rates in the European countries.
So far, Morocco’s decision to cancel UK flights has affected 160,000 Ryanair customers. The airline’s decision to cancel all flights until February has left an additional 230,000 Ryanair customers facing disruptions to their travel plans.
The UK Foreign Office has suggested travellers contact their airline or tour operator for advice on travelling to and from the United Kingdom.
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