Published on : Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Ryanair is finally set to resume flight operations across Europe with over 1,000 flights each day. The decision after the low-cost carrier cancelled all operations for nearly 14 weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon return, it will offer departures to 200 European airports, restoring almost 90% of its pre-pandemic route network but with a decreased frequency.
The carrier has also introduced new health measures for both crews and passengers to alleviate the risk of spread of coronavirus infections on flights in line with the recommendations of EASA and the ECDC. Some of measures include mandatory usage of face masks, fewer checked bags, cashless in-flight services and improved hygiene procedures.
Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryanair Group said in a press statement that the airline has already started flying approximately 250 flights daily for the last ten days of June to bring the aircraft, crews and maintenance teams back into service. He shared that starting now the carrier will be ready to operate 1,000 daily flights across entire European network, which is approximately 40% of its normal capacity for the month of July.
He mentioned that the 1,000 daily flights mark an important turning point for Ryanair as well as the tourism industry of Europe, which supports numerous jobs and small businesses. He also informed that carrier alongside its airport partners are following the health guidelines of EASA and ECDC to ensure that customers and their families can travel safely while minimising the risk of COVID-19 infections.
He also provided his support to changes in U.K. quarantine measures and said that the airline welcomes the decision of the government to introduce air bridges to most of Europe in place of ‘form filling’ quarantine. He also called up the Irish government to scrap its form filling exercise at airports, which does not deliver any quarantine benefit particularly when there is very little follow up and no control on the accuracy of the implementation.