Jan 7, 2021

Ryanair cuts flight schedule amid new lockdowns

Ryanair is making big cuts to its flight schedule from 21 January in response to the latest Covid lockdowns. The airline said that new Covid restrictions could reduce traffic in February and March to as little as 500,000 passengers each month. "Ireland's Covid-19 travel restrictions are already the most stringent in Europe, and so these new flight restrictions are inexplicable and ineffective when Ireland continues to operate an open border between the Republic and the North of Ireland." Rival low-cost carrier Norwegian said its traffic figures had been hit heavily by the pandemic, with customer numbers down 94% compared to the same period the previous year. In December, 129,664 customers flew with Norwegian, with the capacity and total passenger traffic both down by 98%. "2020 has been a very challenging year and we now find ourselves fighting for survival," said Jacob Schram, chief executive of Norwegian.

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