Ryanair win­ter book­ings down 90pc

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Oliver Gill

RYANAIR is pre­dict­ing a near-col­lapse of the win­ter ski sea­son as boss Michael O’Leary warned that book­ings have col­lapsed to a tenth of nor­mal lev­els.

Mr O’Leary is­sued a sharp re­buke of Boris John­son’s re­sis­tance to im­ple­ment a test­ing regime, ac­cus­ing the Gov­ern­ment of “mis­man­ag­ing the sit­u­a­tion”.

He added: “At the mo­ment

Novem­ber and De­cem­ber look like they’re book­ing at around 10pc of our nor­mal vol­umes.

“And that’s a num­ber that’s re­peated across most of the Euro­pean and the UK air­line in­dus­try. We have never seen such awk­ward for­ward book­ings.”

Ryanair has pre­vi­ously crit­i­cised the im­ple­men­ta­tion of quar­an­tine mea­sures across Europe, say­ing they have snuffed out the prospect of any mean­ing­ful re­cov­ery in air travel this win­ter.

Speak­ing on ITV’s Pe­ston last night, Mr O’Leary said: “I mean, the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment doesn’t have any com­pe­tence, never mind con­fi­dence.

“Boris John­son promised us world-lead­ing test and trac­ing and like most of his prom­ises it’s turned out to be vac­u­ous and com­pletely un­de­liv­er­able.”

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