Ryanair announced today that it’s extending its limited schedule as the coronavirus crisis worsens in the UK. The Irish budget airline only has under 10 percent of its fleet operating at this time. Its limited schedule will now continue until Thursday April 9.
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Ryanair made the announcement in an “important customer notice” sent out today.
“As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90 percent of Ryanair’s aircraft are grounded for the coming weeks,” said Ryanair.
“We will comply with these restrictions at all times.
“We are working with EU Governments to try to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, even though the passenger loads on these flights will be very low.
“We are today (Mon 30 Mar) extending this limited schedule by a week to Thurs 9 Apr.
“Ryanair will operate these flights daily or weekly and all details can be found on the www.ryanair.com website.”
London flights are flying to Dublin, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Cork, Berlin and Budapest.
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester are all flying to Dublin.
Ryanair has explained that their planes are rigorously cleaned.
“All these aircraft are disinfected daily,” said the low-cost carrier.
“With low loads, social distancing will be optimised on-board and we ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult times to maintain vital links to/from Ireland and to/from the UK to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks.
“Ryanair apologises sincerely for the unprecedented grounding of our aircraft fleet, and any schedule disruptions this may have caused, but we must all work together with EU Governments to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our citizens and our health services.”
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Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary explained in a statement released last week: “Any passenger whose flight has been cancelled as a result of these Government shutdowns, will over the next week or two, receive an email outlining their options.”
He added: “At this time, no one knows how long this Covid shutdown will last.
“The experience in China suggests a three-month period for the spread of the virus to be contained and reduced.
“We do not expect to operate flights during the months of April and May at this time, but this will clearly depend upon Government advice, and we will in all cases comply with these instructions.”
The Ryanair news comes as easyJet announced today that it is grounding its entire fleet.
easyJet said in a statement: “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.”
The airline added: “At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.
“We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view.”
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