PUBLISHED: 11:53, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:53, Fri, Sep 18, 2020
Ryanair announced today that it is slashing October capacity by 20 percent. The cuts come a month after a previous 20 percent cut was implemented in August. Ryanair said it now expects its capacity next month to fall from 50 percent to approximately 40 percent of its October 2019 levels.
The low-cost airline said it expects to maintain a 70 percent plus load factor at this reduced schedule.
Ryanair said in a statement that these capacity reductions “were necessary due to damage caused to forward bookings by continuous changes in EU Government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are introduced at short notice.”
They claimed this undermines consumers’ willingness to make forward bookings.
Ryanair slammed the travel rules as “excessive and defective”.
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Ryanair flights: The cuts come a month after a previous 20 percent cut was implemented in August (Image: Getty Images)
Ryanair flights: The low-cost airline said it expects to maintain a 70 percent plus load factor (Image: Getty Images)
“In some countries (most notably Ireland), where the Government have maintained excessive and defective travel restrictions since July 1, COVID-19 rates have risen in recent weeks to 50 per 100,000 pop. – more than double those of Germany and Italy – where intra-EU air travel was freely permitted since July 1.”
Ryanair explained it welcomed the EU Commission’s plan to remove intra-EU travel restrictions, subject only to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) weekly update on COVID case/positive test trend rates by EU country and region.
The airline is calling for this coordinated approach to be immediately implemented by all EU States, especially Ireland.
Ryanair wants EU citizens to be able to make essential bookings for business and family travel, free from the worry of flight cancellations and/or “defective quarantine restrictions.”