Ryanair Reduces Capacity Again After ‘Government Mismanages COVID Travel Policies’ | Economic news

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Ryanair blamed European governments for the “continuous changes” in travel restrictions, announcing a 20% reduction in capacity in October.

It follows another 20% discount announced last month, meaning the airline expects October capacity to drop from 50% to 40% of levels seen around the same time last year, before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

But he also said he expected flights to be over 70% full under the reduced schedule.



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Ryanair blamed “the damage to term bookings from continued changes in EU government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are being introduced at short notice, which undermine consumers’ willingness to make term bookings “.

The Irish airline, which resumed flights in July after the lockdown, singled out Ireland, accusing the government of maintaining “excessive and flawed travel restrictions”.

But many EU countries, as well as the UK, have imposed 14-day quarantine requirements for travelers returning from certain locations, which has attracted Review of Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary among others.

The UK government has come under fire for introducing travel restrictions with little notice, leaving many travelers reluctant to book due to uncertainty.

Speaking about the October capacity reduction, a Ryanair spokesperson said the airline was “disappointed” but “as customer confidence is marred by the government’s mismanagement of COVID travel policies, many Ryanair customers cannot travel for urgent work or family reasons without being subject to 14 day quarantines ”.

“While it is still too early to make final decisions on our winter program (November to March), if current trends and mismanagement by EU governments of the return of air transport and normal economic activity continues, similar capacity reductions may be required during the winter period. ”

Turning again to Ireland, the spokesperson called on the country’s Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to “explain why NPHET (the Irish National Public Health Emergency Team) is keeping Ireland locked up like Korea’s. North since July 1, while at the same time Italy and Germany have abolished everything. intra-EU travel restrictions and have provided COVID case rates below half the rate that NPHET has chaired in Ireland.

“Intra-EU air travel is not the problem and these flawed travel bans are not a solution,” they added.

Ryanair is one of many airlines struggling to recover from the worst of the pandemic and in June it ad plans to close bases at London Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports, resulting in 670 job losses.

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