Ryanair axes flights from all Irish airports except Dublin amid lockdown ...

RYANAIR has suspended all flights from regional Irish airports for a month, pointing the finger of blame at "government mismanagement". The news comes amid stringent travel and lockdown restrictions in the nation.

PUBLISHED: 16:18, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:18, Fri, Oct 30, 2020

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Irish-carrier Ryanair has made the decision to cancel all regional services in Ireland amid the country’s second strict lockdown. The budget carrier is halting operations from all airports, including Ireland West Airport, Cork and Shannon, between November 14 and December 12.

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The only airport which it will continue to serve during this period is Dublin.

Ryanair will operate just 40 percent of its usual capacity for this time of year.

In a statement, the budget airline blamed “government mismanagement” of travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

"As a result of continuous Government mismanagement and a complete collapse in travel demand, additional cuts regrettably had to be made across our Irish airports," it reads.

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Ryanair suspends flightsRyanair is suspending most of its Irish flights for one month (Image: Getty Images)

ryanair flightsRyanair blamed "government mismanagement" for its decision (Image: Getty Images)

Speaking to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications Networks chief executive of Ryanair DAC Eddie Wilson said the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) were “demonising air travel”.

“You cannot operate an airline with no passengers,” he said, suggesting the Irish government had convinced people not to fly.

Currently, Irish citizens are advised not to travel more than 5km from home.

However, the airline says it will be back in time to serve people over the Christmas period.

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