Covid-19: Ryanair looks to scale up to nearly 1,000 flights per day from July

By Luke Barras-hill |

Ryanair_bagpolicy18Low-cost carrier Ryanair will restore 40% of its existing flight network from 1 July, subject to constraints.

Ryanair has been operating a pared-back schedule of 30 flights per day between the UK, Ireland and Europe since mid-March when the coronavirus (Covid-19) took hold in Europe, severely impairing flight rosters.

In an announcement, the airline says the return of services from most of its 80 bases across Europe would bump up route operations to 90% of  its pre-Covid-19 services.

There will be fewer daily and weekly frequencies on trunk routes, as Ryanair aims at spreading its services widely at first.

Resumption will rely on governments lifting restrictions on intra-EU flights and the implementation of strong public health measures at airports.

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Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary has told Sky News he expects flights to be 50-60% booked.

JULY RESUMPTION ‘PRACTICAL’

Eddie Wilson, CEO, Ryanair said: “After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work, and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.

“It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards. Now that Europe’s states are allowing some gradual return to normal life, we expect this will evolve over the coming weeks and months.

“With more than six weeks to go to 1st July, Ryanair believes this is the most practical date to resume normal flight schedules […] and allow those tourism-based economies such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and others, to recover what is left of this year’s tourism season.”

To facilitate the process, Ryanair says it will align closely with public health authorities to ensure flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to deter the spread of infection.

It has produced a video encouraging passengers to observe health measures when travelling, including checking-in online, carrying fewer bags, downloading boarding passes to smartphones, undergoing temperature checks at airports, practising social distancing and good hygiene, and wearing face masks or coverings at all times in the terminals and onboard.

Ryanair says all its aircraft are equipped with HEPA air filters and all interior surfaces are disinfected daily.

Onboard, cabin crew will wear face masks and coverings and operate a limited inflight service with no cash sales.

All passengers flying in July and August will be obliged to complete at check-in information on their planned trip, which will be provided to EU governments to assist with isolation regulations.

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