Ryanair flights have been grounded throughout the coronavirus pandemic. However, as the UK lockdown eases, airlines are taking to the skies once more. Ryanair’s return date is currently set for July 1.
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The low-cost carrier plans to operate over 1,000 flights every day from next month.
Today, Ryanair shared a major update to its flights taking place over the summer months.
The airline revealed it is removing the flight change fee on all July and August services.
It said in a statement: “Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (Tues June 9) announced it will waive its flight change fee for all customers who book to travel in July and August, allowing them to book their summer holidays with peace of mind in case their travel plans change.
“Ryanair plans to operate over 1,000 daily flights from July 1.
“In order to provide as much confidence and flexibility as possible, Ryanair is now offering customers the following option:
“From June 10, customers who book to travel in July and August will be able to move their flights with zero change fee to travel until December 31 2020.
“This flight date change will only apply to the route customers have already booked and trips must be completed before the 2020 year end.”
Ryanair’s Director of Marketing & Digital, Dara Brady said: “As popular holiday countries like Italy, Portugal and Spain are opening up for international tourists, we are ready to welcome passengers on board from 1 July, when Ryanair will be operating over 1,000 daily flights across our entire network.
“We want to offer our customers as much confidence and flexibility as possible, with no flight change fee if their travel plans change”.
Yesterday Ryanair’s CEO spoke to the media about the UK’s quarantine regulations which came into force yesterday.
Under the rules, the government explains: “If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must: provide your journey and contact details, and not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’).”
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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has blasted the new regulations, however.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ”I want the travel quarantine overturned because it is irrational, ineffective and unimplementable.”
O’Leary added: “In the UK when internationals arrive today, they are going to be waved off on to the London Underground, Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express where a positive COVID-19 arrival can infect many thousands of British people.”
The airline CEO went on to explain the negative impact this travel coronavirus measure is expected to have on the airline and tourist industry.
He said: “What it is going to do is bring untold devastation.
“Not just to the airlines but to British tourism and thousands of hotels, thousands of visitor attractions and restaurants in the next couple of months.
“July and August are the key months for the British tourism industry and we are facing thousands of job losses because of a stupid ineffective quarantine.”
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