Ryanair cuts autumn flights by fifth

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Si­mon Foy

RYANAIR has slashed flight ca­pac­ity by a fifth for Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber af­ter de­mand was ham­mered by a surge in coro­n­avirus cases across Europe over the past 10 days.

It said the cuts will in­volve fewer flights on af­fected routes in­stead of out­right clo­sures. They will fo­cus heav­ily on France, Spain and

Swe­den, where ris­ing Covid cases have led to tougher travel re­stric­tions.

The move makes Ryanair the first Euro­pean air­line to scale back its sched­ule since flights re­sumed in July.

France and the Nether­lands were last week added to the UK’s quar­an­tine list, join­ing Lux­em­bourg, Bel­gium and Spain.

Ryanair once again called for proper Covid test­ing to take place at air­ports along­side an ef­fec­tive trac­ing sys­tem.

The car­rier also hit out at the Ir­ish gov­ern­ment for im­pos­ing a par­tic­u­larly tough quar­an­tine list that in­cludes coun­tries with lower virus case rates, such as Ger­many and the UK. It came as ri­val easyJet con­firmed plans to shut bases at Lon­don Stansted, Southend and New­cas­tle, putting 670 jobs at risk.

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