Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has revealed some of the new measures the airline is considering enforcing in order to take to the skies in the future. The Irish-carrier has been forced to cancel flights right up into June, however, Mr O’Leary said there are plans to take to the skies again in “July and August” though the travel experience could be very different.
Speaking on BBC News this morning he explained: “While we expect to be back flying some services in July and August, we think that the build-up will be slow, passengers will be wearing face masks, temperature checks at airports, there will be those kinds of controls."
The airline, which had budgeted for 42 million passengers in the months of April, May and June, has seen figures plummet to less than 140,000.
Mr O’Leary emphasised that the cancelled flights were not the airline’s decision, and instead were due to the unprecedented pandemic and “cancellations imposed on us by the government out of nowhere."
However, despite the fact he says social distancing is not possible onboard flights, he remains positive that once air travel does resume Ryanair will be able to keep its crew and passengers safe.
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Ryanair: Passengers may have to abide by new health and safety measures (Image: Getty Images)
Ryanair: Passengers may have to wear face masks in future (Image: Getty Images)
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“This notion of keeping empty middle seats, it doesn’t achieve any social distancing,” he said.
“The aisle and the window seat are two and a half feet away from each other, they are not two metres.“There is no way you can have social distancing in an aluminium tube, whether it's an airline or it's the London Underground or it’s a train.
“I think what we will have to do though when we do return is temperature checks of people entering terminals and train stations, and everybody with a temperature of over 38 degrees will be refused entry.
“And onboard we will have face coverings or face masks for passengers and cabin crew.”
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