Ryanair now expects to fly a 26-30 million passengers this yr, down from “beneath 35 million” predicted only a few weeks in the past.
The low-cost service had initially anticipated to fly greater than 120 million clients this yr, earlier than the outbreak of Covid-19.
The most recent cuts observe newly introduced Covid-19 lockdowns in Eire, the UK and a small variety of different EU nations this week.
Within the UK, a close to whole ban on journey is anticipated to be in place till at the very least mid-February.
The service mentioned lockdowns would see it “materially cut back” its flight schedules till at the very least March – with main cuts anticipated from January 21st.
The cuts will lead to few, if any, flights being operated to and from Eire or the UK from the top of January till such time because the “draconian journey restrictions” are lifted, Ryanair mentioned.
The airline, nonetheless, mentioned it doesn’t anticipate the cuts to have an effect on its web loss for the yr to March, since lots of the deliberate flights would have been loss making.
Ryanair calls on the Irish and UK governments to speed up the “sluggish tempo” of vaccine rollouts.
A spokesperson for Ryanair mentioned: “The World Well being Organisation have beforehand confirmed that governments ought to do every part doable to keep away from brutal lockdowns, as a result of lockdowns “don’t eliminate the virus”.
“Eire’s Covid-19 journey restrictions are already essentially the most stringent in Europe, and so these new flight restrictions are inexplicable and ineffective when Eire continues to function an open border between the Republic and the North of Eire.
“Since Eire’s third lockdown won’t eliminate the Covid-19 virus, there’s an onus on the Irish authorities to speed up the rollout of vaccines.
“The truth that the Danish authorities, with an identical 5 million inhabitants, has already vaccinated ten instances extra residents than Eire reveals that emergency motion is required to hurry Covid-19 vaccinations in Eire.”