Ryanair will cut flight capacity by 20% in September and October after new quarantine restrictions led to low forward bookings in the past 10 days.
Europe’s largest budget airline had increased flights to 60% of its normal schedule this month after resuming service in July.
But today they announced a series of cuts that will be heavily focused on France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden and will mainly involve frequency cuts rather than road closures.
A Ryanair spokesperson said in a statement: “Over the past two weeks, as a number of EU countries have increased travel restrictions, advance bookings, especially for business trips in September and October were negatively affected. ”
The airline said affected passengers would be informed of their options.
Malta, France and the Netherlands were added to the UK’s quarantine list last Friday. after coronavirus cases in countries soared in recent weeks.
Starting at 4 a.m. on August 15, the British had to self-quarantine upon their return from France, Malta and the Netherlands.
All travelers will now face a two-week quarantine when returning to the UK, which will give holidaymakers less than a day to return if they want to avoid going into quarantine.
Families with children are now at risk of missing the first week of school, as 14-day self-isolation measures are re-imposed.
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The officials of the Italian civil aviation authority sent a scathing letter to the bosses of Ryanair accusing them of being “lax” in their management of the pandemic.
They reported repeatedly flouting masks not worn by passengers
and crew, overcrowding at gates, check-in counters and on buses
passengers to planes.
He warned the airline that unless it tightened, it would be forced
suspend its landing in the country – endangering thousands of
British holidaymakers who have booked flights to Italy.