Ryanair to cut capacity by 20 per cent, blames pandemic travel rules – dpa international


Bleak midwinter at Dublin Airport (Photo: Simon Roughneen)

Ryanair jets parked at Dublin Airport (Simon Roughneen)

DUBLIN — Ryanair said on Friday that it will slash capacity by 20 per cent in October, blaming coronavirus travel curbs introduced at short notice.

The Dublin-based airline said that “EU government travel restrictions and policies” aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus “undermine consumers’ willingness to make forward bookings.”

Announcing its second 20 per cent capacity reduction since August, Ryanair accused the Irish government of keeping the country “locked up like North Korea” and of operating “a defective” quarantine system that means arrivals from most countries, some with lower infection rates than Ireland, are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Supported by Aer Lingus, Ireland’s flag carrier airline, Ryanair has taken the government to court over the curbs, which will not be aligned with EU guidelines until mid-October.

Lawyers representing the government told Ireland’s High Court on Wednesday that the measures are not mandatory.

The government on Thursday cut Italy and Greece from its “green list” of countries from where arrivals are not expected to self-isolate but added Germany.

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