Ryanair has issued bullish plans for the upcoming summer season, arguing there can be big demand for air journey from the UK and throughout Europe within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Whereas authorities officers have tried to tamp down pleasure over the potential of summer season journeys, the low-cost service is banking on a giant return from June onward.
Talking this morning, Ryanair chief govt, Michael O’Leary, mentioned the service hope to fly round 2,300 journeys per week over the height summer season season.
That is round 80 per cent of pre-Covid-19 capability over the important thing months of July, August and September.
The plans embody weekly flights throughout 480 routes, together with 26 new routes to common vacation locations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
“The success of the UK vaccine programme has given us nice confidence, with the European Union now catching up, we are able to all take pleasure in journeys this summer season,” O’Leary mentioned.
“Ryanair will give attention to vacation locations resembling Spain, Italy and Greece, which have all mentioned they are going to be open to British travellers this summer season.
“There’s big pent-up demand for air journey, and the restoration can be pushed by short-haul journeys in Europe, reasonably than within the long-haul market,” O’Leary added.
The Ryanair chief additionally denied it was too early to guide journeys, placing him at odds with the federal government, which has urged travellers to attend for a report from the International Journey Taskforce early subsequent month.
“It’s not too early to be reserving holidays – whereas there is no such thing as a demand throughout the Easter interval, we have now seen sturdy and sustained demand throughout the summer season.
“There isn’t a cause why folks can’t journey to the seashores of Europe, as they did final yr, with vaccination ranges so excessive,” O’Leary added.
“Ryanair would be capable of survive a second summer season with out flights, however I see little likelihood of that taking place.
“The entire level of a vaccination programme is to scale back instances, hospitalisations – and we have now seen that starting to occur within the UK.
“There isn’t a doubt in my thoughts that European governments are very eager to welcome British travellers – and if we have now 80 per cent of the UK inhabitants vaccinated it is going to be very troublesome to maintain these folks at dwelling.”