Ryanair resumes 40% of its flights in July

  •   15/05/2020 - 10h14
  •   HARMANT Adeline

The Ryanair group announced this morning that it would resume 40% of its flights as of July and that it will introduce the necessary sanitary measures to this effect, including the wearing of masks and the systematic taking of the temperature of passengers and staff on board. However, the company will not impose social distancing. Thanks to these measures and this takeover, Ryanair intends to operate 1 000 flights a day to 90% of the airports it usually serves.

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Ryanair resumes 40% of its flights in July
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What safeguards for passengers?

As indicated above and as stated in the group's press release, this recovery plan is conditional on the lifting by governments of restrictions on intra-European flights and the implementation of health measures within the airports themselves. As a result, Ryanair has announced several important decisions aimed at ensuring the health safety of its passengers and staff.

Among these measures are the taking of the temperature of passengers both when entering and leaving the airport, the obligation to wear masks before and during flights and the requirement to wear a mask before and during flights.a recommendation to check in online, to download the boarding pass on your mobile phone or to give preference to cabin baggage. Ryanair explains that it found its inspiration in Asia, where it believes that these measures, and in particular the measures of temperature measurement and wearing masks, have proved their worth on short-haul flights.

 

A necessary takeover for the airline and its sector:

After four months of suspension of activity, Europe must revive its sector as soon as possible with, where possible, a social distancing at the airport or on board aircraft recommended. On-board services will of course also be reviewed with purchases of drinks and snacks by credit card only. It will also be forbidden to queue for the toilets.

The CEO of Ryanair also said: "It is time for Europe to fly again so that we can get together with friends and family, get people back to work and relaunch the tourism sector, which provides millions of jobs.»

However, it will take a few more years before air traffic returns to normal levels. However, recovery is vital, especially in this summer period, in order to preserve the remaining cash flow of these companies and no longer threaten their survival. It should be remembered that Ryanair had announced in May that it was cutting 3,000 jobs in order to survive the pandemic.

This was also the case for several of its competitors in the UK who announced redundancies such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The group had also indicated that it was not expecting a return to normal until after the summer of 2020 with a flight schedule equivalent to what was in place before the crisis, i.e. in 2019.