Oct 15, 2020

Ryanair cuts back winter flight schedule

The airline is closing its bases in Cork, Shannon, and Toulouse for the winter, but expects to maintain 65% of routes with reduced frequencies. Ryanair's group chief executive Michael O'Leary said the airline deeply regretted the schedule cuts, which he said had been forced on it by "Government mismanagement of EU air travel". "We continue to actively manage our cost base to be prepared for the inevitable rebound and recovery of short haul air travel in Europe once an effective Covid-19 vaccine is developed." Airlines have been cutting costs in an effort to remain viable, with the International Air Transport Association warning that hundreds of thousands more jobs are at risk. In his latest remarks, Mr O'Leary called on all EU governments to adopt the European Commission's traffic light system, which allows for safe air travel on a regional basis between areas that have Covid case rates of fewer than 50 per 100,000 people.

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