Ryanair on Tuesday announced plans to return to 40 percent of normal flight schedules from Wednesday, July 1, subject to government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.
According to an announcement, Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90 percent of its pre-coronavirus route network.
Since the Covid-19 flight restrictions in mid-March, the airline has been operating a skeleton daily schedule of 30 flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe. From July, Ryanair said it will restart flying from most of its 80 bases across Europe.
“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,” Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said.
There will be fewer daily/weekly frequencies on trunk routes, as Ryanair works to restore some services on the widest number of routes, rather than operating high frequency services on a small number.
Ryanair also released a return to flying video, encouraging passengers to observe effective health measures to limit the Covid-19 virus. On board its aircraft, Ryanair cabin crew will wear face masks/coverings and a limited inflight service will be offered of pre-packaged snacks and drinks, but no cash sales.
As a temporary further public health measure, while EU States emerge from their respective Covid-19 lockdowns, Ryanair will require all passengers flying in July and August to fill in details (at the point of check in) of how long their planned visit will be, and also their address while visiting another EU country, and this contact information will be provided to EU Governments to help them to monitor any isolation regulations they require of visitors on intra-EU flights.