Like many other European airlines, Ryanair has its hands tied given several border restrictions across Europe along with the significant decline in bookings.
“Over the past few days, the spread of the Covid-19 virus has led most EU Governments to impose severe travel and restrictions, which have had a negative impact on the schedules of all Ryanair Airlines, causing widespread cancellations and travel disruptions across the network.”
As a result, the airline group has opted to immediately cut back more than 80% of its capacity until March 24, 2020.
From 24:00 hrs Wed 18 Mar until 24:00 hrs Tue 24 March, Ryanair Group Airlines will cut flight schedules by over 80%. All affected customers will receive an email to advise them to their options and we kindly ask customers not to call us as our call centres are overloaded dealing with customer queries.
From March 24, 2020 and onward, the airline are looking at either a completed shut down (close to shut down) with the exception of a few essential flights.
From 24:00 hrs Tue 24 March we expect that most if not all Ryanair Group flights will be grounded, except for a very small numbers of flights to maintain essential connectivity, mostly between UK and Ireland. Details of these severely reduced schedule can be found on the Travel Advisory page on the Ryanair.com website, which will be updated regularly.
The Ryanair group includes Ryanair, Malta Air, Buzz and Lauda.
Earlier this month, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary expected a reduction in bookings for the next few weeks and “then people will get bored of the coronavirus”, expecting an increase later on in the May/June period.