Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Ryanair to cut 1,000 Ireland-UK flights in August and September

Ryanair to axe around 1000 flights from its UK - Ireland flight schedules during August and September as Ireland continues with its quarantine period.

The airline says this will be a loss of over 200,000 passengers, which will have a detrimental effect on the Irish tourism industry and connectivity for Irish workers commuting particularly to/from the UK.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said:  “Last week when the UK and Northern Ireland removed travel restrictions on short-haul flights to/from the European Union, Ireland became the only country in the EU with a blanket 14 day quarantine restriction on all arrivals from EU countries, most of which have lower COVID case rates than Ireland.

It makes no sense, when Governments all over Europe have opened up EU flights since 1st June and removed travel restrictions on intra-EU travel, that the Irish Govt continues to treat countries like Germany, Denmark and Greece as if they were suffering similar levels of COVID as the USA, Brazil and India. Irish citizens are being advised by their Govt that they should not travel to and from EU countries.

We call on the Irish Govt to remove all travel restrictions between Ireland and the EU (almost all of whom have lower COVID case rates than Ireland) as a matter of urgency, so that Ireland’s hotels, guest houses, restaurants and other tourism providers can recover their business and minimise job losses before we reach the downturn winter period. If Micheál Martin does not quarantine for 14 days after visiting Brussels this week, then why should any other Irish or EU citizen be treated differently.”

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