Ryanair reduces October capacity and warns of more cuts to come 1 month ago

Ryanair reduces October capacity and warns of more cuts to come

And once again, the airline has compared Ireland's travel restrictions to North Korea.

Ryanair has said that it will cut its October capacity by a further 20%, in addition to the 20% cut already announced last month.

In a statement released on Friday, the airline also warned of more possible cuts to come over the winter months.

It warned that if current trends and the "EU Governments’ mismanagement of the return of air travel and normal economic activity continue", then similar capacity cuts are to be expected.

Ryanair said the capacity reductions were necessary due to "damage" caused to forward bookings by continuous changes in EU Government travel restrictions.

A spokesperson for the airline called on Eamon Ryan to explain why Ireland remains "locked up like North Korea".

The statement reads: "We call on Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to explain why, over two months later, he still hasn’t implemented any of the 14 recommendations of the Government's Aviation Task Force which were submitted to Government on 7 July last.

"He should also explain why NPHET has kept Ireland locked up like North Korea since 1 July, while at the same time Italy and Germany removed all intra-EU travel restrictions and have delivered Covid case rates which are less than half the rate which NPHET has presided over in Ireland.

"Intra EU air travel is not the problem and these defective travel bans are not a solution."

From Monday onward, Ireland will have a new Green List, consisting of Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

This represents a list of countries from where people arriving into Ireland do not have to restrict their movements.

The Green List is to be updated weekly and will include countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases of less than 25 per 100,000 population.

However, the Green List is likely to be shelved completely next month in favour of a new EU-wide 'traffic light' plan.

The plan is currently in the works and there is expectation it will be finalised at the EU's General Affairs Council in mid-October.

Under the plan, countries and regions would be given either a red, orange or green colour, representative of the incidence of Covid-19 in the area.

The ECDC will publish the maps outlining the colours of the regions, which will be updated each week.