Published on : Thursday, October 29, 2020
European low-cost airline Ryanair recently decided to temporarily cease operations from all Irish airports except Dublin for a period of one month. The airline will stop serving four of the five airports in its home Irish market for the next four weeks starting November 14.
The carrier said in a statement that the decision has been undertaken due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, which is among the strictest in Europe. It also argued that the mismanagement in handling the current situation has caused a complete collapse in travel demand.
As a part of the latest rules in Ireland that are effective at least until December 1, all residents have been advised against all non-essential travel more than 5 km from home. The airline mentioned that as a result of continuous government mismanagement and a complete collapse in travel demand, additional cuts regrettably had to be made across the Irish airports.
Ryanair will presently not fly from Irish regional airports, including Cork, Kerry, Knock and Shannon, starting November 14 up until December 12. However, the carrier is planning to resume flights ahead of Christmas. Earlier this month, the airline cut its planned winter traffic to 40% of the capacity it flew last year, down from an earlier forecast of 60%.