Ryanair suspends passenger flight operations

Johanna Koyser
2 minutes

The Corona crisis is increasingly reflected in international air traffic. Airlines are reducing their flights to a minimum, airports are restricting their operations or closing down completely. As of yesterday, it is definite: Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost airline and its subsidiaries Laudamotion, Malta Air and Buzz will no longer operate commercial flights in the coming weeks.

In an open letter to all Ryanair Group customers, CEO Michael O’Leary announced the decision and further details. However, it is possible that the entire fleet of 470 aircraft may not be permanently parked in the coming weeks. In his letter, O’Leary stressed that Ryanair as a company is ready to support Europe in the fight against the Corona virus. In detail, this implies that the Irish company has offered its help to all EU governments. There are planes ready for rescue flights and essential flights to transport medicine, protective equipment and even, in an emergency, food supplies. A wonderful gesture from Ryanair, which is a fine example of European cohesion in the Corona crisis.

But what about the customers who have already booked flights with Ryanair, Laudamotion, Malta Air or Buzz for the following weeks? In this case, those affected will be informed of their options by email in the coming one or two weeks. Why can it take up to two weeks? The answer is obvious: of course, Corona does not only affect airport and flight personnel, but also office staff. As a result of the social distancing measures at Ryanair, the office staff was reduced to 50 percent. This may result in somewhat longer processing times.

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by Johanna Koyser

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