Airline criticizes’ harsh lockdowns ‘and calls for swift action to vaccinate
Due to recent Covid shutdowns and travel restrictions, Ryanair expects to lose 95% of its traffic in February and March, with little or no flights from the UK and Ireland.
The airline based in Dublin, which usually carries the most passengers in Europe, punished the “brutal closures” and called on the Irish government to speed up vaccinations in particular.
Ireland has forbidden entry from the U.K. Until Friday, and all international arrivals are required to require Covid-19 to test negative within the past 72 hours to enter the country beginning on Saturday. A similar research measure is being considered by the United Kingdom.
Ryanair announced that it would cut its full-year traffic outlook to between 26 million and 30 million by another 5 million passengers, less than 20 percent of 2019 levels at best.
It plans to fly less than 1.25 million passengers in January and 500,000 in February and March, when about 10 million passengers per month will usually fly.
The airline reported that it would cut its schedules drastically from Jan. 21, meaning that there will be little to no flights to or from Ireland or the United Kingdom. After the lifting of these stringent travel restrictions.
The airline warned last week that it will report its first annual loss since 2009, when the financial crisis struck.
It claimed that the cancellations would not have any further effect on its performance since the flights had been largely loss-making.
Ryanair urged the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom to step up vaccination campaigns, and contrasted Ireland’s current vaccination rate with that of other countries in particular.
The airline’s spokesperson said, “WHO has already confirmed that governments should do everything they can to prevent brutal lockdowns.”
The Covid 19 travel restrictions in Ireland are already the most restrictive in Europe, so these current restrictions on flights are inexplicable and ineffective if Ireland continues to operate an open border between the Republic and northern Ireland.
The guidance of the World Health Organization actually notes that closures will slow down the transmission of Covid 19, and while it warns that “such measures have a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged groups, including poor people, migrants, internally displaced persons and refugees,” it recognizes that “some countries have no choice but to impose bans on their homes and other measures: and it is “hopeful that
“The fact that the Danish government, with a similar population of 5 million, has already vaccinated 10 times more citizens than Ireland shows that emergency action is needed to accelerate Covid vaccination in Ireland.”The fact that the Danish government has already vaccinated 10 times more citizens than Ireland, with a population of 5 million, shows that urgent action is needed to speed up Covid’s vaccination in Ireland.
According to the Advertising Standards Regulator, which is undertaking an inquiry, the Irish airline advertised flights promoting the availability of vaccinations by advising clients to “get vaccinated and go” – a campaign that attracted more than 1,600 complaints.
Ryanair said that free rebookings or refunds will be emailed on Thursday to all customers impacted by further flight cancellations and restrictions.
Ryanair has not yet offered to reimburse passengers for the service of the planes, irrespective of the curfews.
EasyJet, which transported much of the British Before the closure, passengers said Monday that they were updating their schedules and would likely only fly domestic and restricted international flights while the closure was underway.
Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, meanwhile, said that as a result of the new lockdown, it will cancel flights.
Capacity is estimated to fall to 25 percent of 2020 levels in January, from the 35 percent flown in December.