Ryanair to Ramp up Flight Schedule by 40 Percent From July 1st, 2020
Ryanair announced on Tuesday that they will restore 40 percent of their flight schedule from July 1st, 2020. The carrier will operate nearly 1,000 flights, approximately 90 percent of their pre-COVID-19 network.
Today, Ryanair announced the restoration of 40 percent of their flight schedule by July 1st, 2020 with nearly 1,000 daily flights, approximately 90 percent of their pre-pandemic route network. The carrier has been operating a limited schedule since mid-March with around 30 daily flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe. Starting in July, Ryanair will resume flying from most of their 80 European bases. The airline will operate fewer daily and weekly frequencies on trunk routes, while restoring the widest number of routes to ensure maximum connectivity for guests. In Tuesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s CEO, 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 4 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. Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short haul (1 hour) within Europe’s single market. 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 6 weeks to go to 1st July, Ryanair believes this is the most practical date to resume normal flight schedules, so that we can allow friends and families to reunite, commuters to go back to work, 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. Seats on all these flights are now on sale at www.ryanair.com from 1 July at prices which start from just €19.99 one way. We will continue to work closely with public health agencies to encourage our people and passengers to adopt practical and effective steps to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in the best interest of our passengers, our people and communities.”
Ryanair has released a ‘Return to Flying’ video which encourages guests to observe the latest health protocols while traveling. Some of the implemented measures include fewer checked bags, online check-in, downloading boarding passes to smartphones, undergoing airport temperature checks and wearing face coverings/masks throughout the journey. Additionally, all Ryanair aircraft are equipped with HEPA filters and are disinfected on a nightly basis. Ryanair crew members will also wear face coverings/masks and inflight service will be cashless and limited to pre-packaged snacks and drinks. The carrier will also prohibit queuing for lavatories, though access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.