Published on : Thursday, December 23, 2021
Ryanair has slashed a third of its flights in January due to sudden spreading of Omicron variant.
The budget airline has revealed the new Covid-19 variant and travel restrictions across Europe have prompted it to cancel flights.
The airline reported it has seen a huge decline in Christmas and New Year bookings as passengers choose not to travel, or restrictions prevent them from doing so.
The sudden downturn has caused Ryanair to cut its planned January schedule capacity by a third.
The ban on Brits travelling to France and Germany, and the suspension of all European Union flights to and from Morocco has hit the airline hard.
A spokesman for Ryanair said that the impact of these recent government travel restrictions, in particular last weekend’s ban on UK arrivals into France and Germany, and the suspension of all EU flights to/from Morocco has lowered Ryanair’s expected December traffic from 10-11m, to a lower range of between 9m-9.5m.
The airline said it has not made any decisions about cancelling flights beyond January, and it will look at travel restrictions nearer the time before it decides.
Ryanair is not the only airline that has cancelled flights amid reduced demand for air travel caused by the pandemic. British Airways has scrapped more than 2,000 flights from its schedule until March.
The decision has affected both domestic routes like London to Belfast and transcontinental flights like London to Cape Town. Affected passengers will be able to receive a full refund or swap flights.