Ryanair to cut 1,000 flights between Ireland and UK 4 weeks ago

Ryanair to cut 1,000 flights between Ireland and UK

Ryanair has once again taken aim at Ireland's stance on quarantine for overseas visitors, claiming "it makes no sense".

Ryanair says it plans to cut up to 1,000 flights between Ireland and the UK during the months of August and September, with the airline blaming Ireland's "defective quarantine restriction on EU visitors" for having to take such action.

The airline has claimed this could result in over 200,000 lost passengers across Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry airports during the peak months of the tourism season.

Ryanair criticised Ireland's current quarantine restrictions, which require overseas visitors, with some exceptions, to restrict their movements for 14 days and to fill out a Covid-19 passenger locator form.

Ryanair said that business travellers feel as though "Ireland is closed", and that the situation could lead to "unrecoverable losses".

The airline released a statement which said: "Last week when the UK and Northern Ireland removed travel restrictions on short haul flights to/from the European Union.

"Ireland became the only country in 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 all over Europe have opened up EU flights since 1 June and removed travel restrictions on intra-EU travel, that the Irish Government continues to treat countries like Germany, Denmark and Greece as if they were suffering similar levels of Covid as the USA, Brazil and India."

Ryanair's statement in full can be read here:

"Last week when the UK and Northern Ireland removed travel restrictions on short haul flights to/from the European Union, Ireland became the only country in 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 all over Europe have opened up EU flights since 1st June and removed travel restrictions on intra-EU travel, that the Irish Govt continues to treat countries like Germany, Denmark and Greece as if they were suffering similar levels of Covid as the USA, Brazil and India. Irish citizens are being advised by their Govt that they should not travel to 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 - without any quarantine restrictions whatsoever.

Air travel between Ireland and the UK is being badly damaged by this ineffective 14 day quarantine. Ryanair will significantly reduce its flights between Ireland and the UK in Aug & Sept, to reflect this suppressed demand. This means 100,000 fewer visitors from the UK travelling to regional airports in Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry during the peak months of the tourism season. This unique policy by Ireland, insisting on blanket quarantines with our European neighbours (most of whom have lower Covid case rates than Ireland) is damaging the recovery of Ireland’s economy and our tourism industry, causing long-term damage to jobs in Ireland’s largest employment sector, with business travellers in particular being told that Ireland is closed for business.

We call on the Irish Govt to remove all travel restrictions between Ireland and the EU (almost all of whom have lower Covid case rates than Ireland) as a matter of urgency, so 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. If Micheál Martin does not quarantine for 14 days after visiting Brussels this week, then why should any other Irish or EU citizen be treated differently.”