Ryanair Resumes Service With Over 1,000 Daily Flights; Strikes Pay Cut Deal With Pilot Union BALPA
Ryanair celebrated their return to service on Wednesday with over 1,000 daily European flights on offer. On Thursday, the carrier announced they have reached a pay cut deal with UK Pilot Union BALPA, which the airline says will help save UK Jobs.
On Wednesday (July 1st, 2020), Ryanair announced their return to service with over 1,000 daily European flights. After a pause of over three months, the restart of service was welcome news for thousands of Ryanair crew members and airport support teams. The carrier is restoring nearly 90 percent of their pre-pandemic route network across 200 European airports, with reduced frequencies and lower fares. Ryanair has also introduced new health measures for guests and team members including mandatory face masks, fewer checked bags, cashless inflight services and improved hygiene procedures. In yesterday’s announcement, Ryanair Group’s CEO, Michael O’Leary said,
“We have been back flying approximately 250 flights daily for the last 10 days of June to bring our aircraft our crews and our maintenance teams back into service. Starting today, we are operating 1,000 daily flights across our entire European network, which is approximately 40% of our normal July capacity. We expect in July to carry more than 4.5 million customers, many of them families taking well-earned Mediterranean holidays after the severe challenges of the Covid-19 lockdown, home schooling, etc. These 1,000 flights mark an important turning point for Ryanair and for the tourism industry of Europe, which supports so many jobs and small businesses. We, together with our airport partners, are following the health guidelines of EASA and ECDC to ensure that our customers and their families can travel safely while minimizing the risk of Covid-19.
“We welcome this week’s decision by the UK Government to replace its failed “form filling” quarantine with air bridges to most of Europe. We also call on the Irish Government to scrap its equally useless form filling exercise at airports, which does not deliver any quarantine benefit whatsoever, particularly when there is very little follow up and no control on the accuracy of the implementation of these forms. Ireland’s tourism industry, which supports 100,000 jobs, in July and August is heavily dependent on welcoming UK and European visitors, and this useless form filling will deter visitors, and damage Irish tourism and jobs. It’s time for Europe to go back flying again, it’s time to reboot Europe’s tourism industry, and Ryanair is proud to lead this initiative with over 1,000 daily flights at fares, for travel in late August and September, that start from just €19.99 one way.”
In a separate announcement on Thursday (July 2, 2020), Ryanair announced that they have reached a pay cut agreement with the UK pilot union BALPA, which the carrier says will help to save UK jobs. The four-year agreement for UK pilots includes a 20% pay cut, which will be restored over four years, as well as roster productivity improvements, flexible working patterns and annual leave to minimize UK job cuts. The new agreement gives Ryanair much needed flexibility as they work towards restoring their operations to pre-pandemic levels in the coming years. The BALPA agreement was overwhelmingly accepted by 96% of Ryanair’s UK pilots with participation of 90%.