Ryanair plan to resume 40pc of flights from 1 July

The company added that all surfaces in its cabins will be disinfected every night with chemicals which are effective for more than 24 hours. 

Ryanair has announced plans to restore 40 per cent (pc) of its flight schedule from July 1st, providing government restrictions on travel in Europe are lifted.

Europe’s biggest budget carrier intends to run almost 1,000 flights a day from 1 July and to restore 90pc of its pre-pandemic route network.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Ryanair was operating 2,400 flights a day. The company will restart flying from most of its 80 bases across the continent.

“It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards”

This is to allow the airline get services back up and running on the largest possible number of routes, rather than high frequency on a smaller number.

The airline said that it would encourage passengers to wear face masks, take temperature checks at airports, check-in fewer bags and download boarding passes to smart phones.

Crew will wear face masks while Ryanair will limit on-board service to pre-packed snacks. There will also be a ban on queuing for toilets, but passengers will be allowed used the toilets by asking staff on-board.

“After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families”

Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards.

“Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 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.

“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.”

Passengers flying with Ryanair in July and August will have to fill in details at check-in of how long their planned visit will be and also their address while visiting another EU country.

Since mid-March, Ryanair has operated a skeleton daily schedule of 30 flights per day between the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. The pandemic has forced airlines around the world to ground their fleets.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 12 May, 2020