Ryanair plan to resume 40 percent of flights in July, announce new health measures
They have been operating a skeleton schedule due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ryanair has announced it will resume 40 percent of its normal flight schedule beginning on July 1.
The airline said this is dependent on restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.
Ryanair said it will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90 percent of its pre-Covid-19 route network, but with reduced frequency.
Some of the additional measures that will be introduced are:
- All passengers to wear face masks/covering, check in online and download boarding pass to smartphones.
- Cabin crew will wear face masks/covering.
- All onboard transactions will be cashless with a limited in-flight service.
- Queuing for toilets will also be prohibited on board.
- All aircraft interior surfaces will be disinfected every night with chemicals which the airline says are effective for 24 hours.
- There will also be temperature checks at airport entry.
Ryanair will also require all passengers flying in July and August to fill in details at check-in of how long their planned visit will be and also their address while visiting another EU country.
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.
"After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work, and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs," said Ryanair CEO, Eddie Wilson.
"Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of Covid-19."
"As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short haul (one hour) within Europe’s single market."