Ryanair has announced that it would reduce its flight capacity by 20% during the months of September and October as forward bookings have notably weakened over the last 10 days, given continuing uncertainty over recent COVID-19 case rates in some EU countries.
Ryanair confirmed that most of these cuts would be frequency reductions rather than route closures, and they will be heavily focused on those countries such as Spain, France and Sweden, where rising recent COVID-19 case rates have led to increased travel restrictions, and Ireland which continues to impose a uniquely restrictive Green List, which imposes 14 day quarantines on visitors from most other EU countries such as Germany (16.3) and the UK (18.6), which have lower COVID-19 case rates over the last 14 days than Ireland (22.1).
A Spokesperson for Ryanair said:
“These capacity cuts and frequency reductions for the months of September and October are necessary given the recent weakness in forward bookings due to COVID restrictions in a number of EU countries. Any effected passengers in September received email notification earlier advising them of their options. Similar communications will be issued to the small number of affected passengers in October later. Over the past 2 weeks as a number of EU countries have raised travel restrictions, forward bookings especially for business travel into September and October have been negatively affected, and it makes sense to reduce frequencies so that we tailor our capacity to demand over the next 2 months.
Proper testing at airports, and effective tracing (as is being conducted in Germany and Italy) is the only realistic and proportionate method of supervising safe intra-EU air travel while effectively limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”