Ryanair, Europe’s largest passenger airline has announced plans to resume most of its flights from July 1. With travel restrictions still in place and Brits being advised not to travel, the budget airline hopes to see more passengers visiting popular tourist destinations.
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Ryanair is currently operating around 30 flights a day, however the airline wishes to boost this to a flight capacity of 40 percent from July.
In a bid to get the airline up and running again, new hygiene measures will be put in place to ensure staff and passengers are safe.
The company announced the news after the Spanish government announced that it would welcome tourists from July 1 with no mandatory quarantine.
After flights were grounded because of the travel restrictions implemented because of the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry now has plans towards resuming flights.
The budget airline has said it will be running daily flights from the UK and Ireland to popular tourist destinations and has launched an online sale to encourage people to book a holiday.
One-way fares start from €29.99 (£26.71) in a bid to kick-start demand for travel again.
Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: “After 4 months of lockdown, we welcome these moves by Governments in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus to open their borders, remove travel restrictions and scrap ineffective quarantines.
“Irish and British families, who have been subject to lockdown for the last 10 weeks, can now look forward to booking their much needed family holiday to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and other Mediterranean destinations, for July & Aug before the schools return in Sept.
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“Ryanair will be offering up to 1,000 flights from 1 July, and we have a range of low fare seat sales, perfect for that summer getaway, which we know many parents and their kids will be looking forward to as me move out of lockdown and into the school holidays.”
He insisted that all Ryanair flights will operate with new hygiene guidelines in place.
The airline also posted a video of their face mask measures on their Twitter page with the caption: “The health and safety of our passengers is very important to us – this is why face masks will be mandatory on all our flights once we return to service.”
Passengers flying with the airline will be told that they should check their temperature before going to the airport, and it might be checked again before the flight.
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Ryanair also said that all planes will be professionally cleaned and disinfected regularly.
The airline is hoping to resume flights to countries including:
In Portugal, hotels will start reopening on June 1, and beaches will reopen a week later with social distancing rules put in place.
Similarly in Greece, some beaches have already reopened, while hotels and popular tourist spots are set to reopen at the beginning of June.
Other airlines have also announced plans to boost flight numbers.
EasyJet announced last week that it will be resuming flights from June 15 with a mainly domestic schedule in the UK and France.
British Airways is due to launch “a meaningful return to service in July,” while Jet2.com says that they will be resuming its flight programme at the beginning of July.
While Spain has lifted the mandatory quarantine for tourists in a bid to get the tourism industry back up and running, the UK is to impose a two week quarantine requirement for anyone arriving in the country from June 8, but the rules will be reviewed every three weeks after Australia has asked to be exempt from this.
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