Ryanair to restore 40% of normal flights from July

12 May 2020, 07:22 | Updated: 12 May 2020, 08:53

Ryanair made the announcement on Tuesday
Ryanair made the announcement on Tuesday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Ryanair has announced it plans to restore two out of five flights from July 1.

The budget airline has said flights will resume subject to Government restrictions on flights being lifted and proper public health measures being in place at airports.

It would involve nearly 1,000 flights per day being operated and 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network being restored.

The airline says it will continue to operate a skeleton service of 30 daily flights until the end of June and then ramp up to 1,000.

Travellers and crew will be required to wear face masks and pass temperature checks before they are allowed to board planes.

Ryanair group chief executive Michael O'Leary told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "What's ineffective is these kind of idiotic measures like a 14-day quarantine, which is completely non-science-based, when you can exempt the French and you can exempt the Irish.

"It's nonsense and it has no effect in limiting the spread of Covid-19."

He added: "The reality is, we're over the peak of the virus.

"What we now need is to take effective measures, and effective measures certainly in air travel will involve masks and temperature checks.

"They're not going to involve measures that have no public support like lockdown, isolation. They're utterly unimplementable anyway because you don't have the police resources to go and check the people."

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Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson said: "It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards.

"Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

"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."

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