Ryanair has today announced they need to cut a number of their scheduled flights between Ireland and therefore the UK for the months of August and September as travel restrictions remain in place.
The call has been made by the budget airliner as Ireland maintains quarantine restrictions for EU visitors, which can see up to 1,000 flight cancellations, and a loss of over 200,000 passengers.
The UK and Northern Ireland opened air bridges to most EU countries last week, but the Republic of Ireland haven’t followed suit as of yet.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said; “Last week when the united kingdom and Northern Ireland removed travel restrictions on short-haul flights to and from the ecu Union, Ireland became the sole country within the EU with a blanket 14-day quarantine restriction on all arrivals from EU countries, most of which have lower COVID case rates than Ireland.
“It makes no sense, when Governments everywhere Europe have opened EU flights since June 1 and removed travel restrictions on intra-EU travel, that Irish Govt continues to treat countries like Germany, Denmark, and Greece as if they were suffering similar levels of COVID because the USA, Brazil, and India.
“Irish citizens are being advised by their Govt that they ought to not visit and from EU countries (almost all of whom have lower COVID case rates than Ireland), yet citizens of Northern Ireland can travel freely to and from the EU – via Dublin Airport – with none quarantine restrictions whatsoever.
“Ryanair will significantly reduce its flights between Ireland and therefore the UK in Aug & Sept, to reflect this suppressed demand.
“This means 100,000 fewer visitors from the united kingdom travelling to regional airports in Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry during the height months of the tourism season.
“We turn Irish Govt to get rid of all travel restrictions between Ireland and therefore the EU as a matter of urgency, in order that Ireland’s hotels, guest houses, restaurants, and other tourism providers can recover their business and minimise job losses before we reach the downturn winter period.”