Ryanair on Monday announced that it was reducing its short haul flight program – mainly to and from Italy – by up to 25 percent for a three-week period from Tuesday, March 17 to Wednesday, April 8, in response to the Covid-19 virus.
All affected customers will be advised of any schedule changes at least 14 days in advance.
Over the past week, Ryanair has seen a significant drop in bookings over that late March/early April period, in response to the Covid-19 virus.
“It makes sense to selectively prune our schedule to and from those airports where travel has been most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak,” Ryanair Group CEO, Michael O’Leary, said in an announcement.
Moreover, the airline reported a significant step up in passenger no-shows on flights, particularly from and within Italy.
According to the announcement, Ryanair will continue to monitor bookings carefully, and will continue to flex its schedules in response to the developing situation.