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Ryanair drastically cuts flight capacity in October

By  Sep 18, 2020

Irish budget airline Ryanair reported on Friday that it would cut capacity by a fifth in October as European governments abruptly began restricting travel to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

"EU government restrictions and measures aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus" undermine consumers' willingness to book travel, Europe's largest airline explained.

Ryanair also announced a 20 percent capacity reduction in August, accusing the Irish government of keeping the country "locked like North Korea."

Dublin has established a "crappy" quarantine system, stipulating that travellers from most countries, some of which have lower infection rates than Ireland, must go into self-isolation for 14 days, Ryanair claims.

With the support of also Irish carrier Aer Lingus, Ryanair has sued the Irish government over restrictions.

Lawyers representing the government told the High Court on Wednesday that the measures are not mandatory.

The government on Thursday excluded Italy and Greece from the "green list" of countries upon arrival from which passengers do not have to self-isolate, and included Germany in it, according to Reuters.

 

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