The spread of Covid-19 and associated government travel restrictions have had a significant and negative impact on Ryanair ‘s schedules.
Over the past week, Italy, Malta, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Norway and Cyprus have imposed flight bans of varying degrees.
The result of these restrictions will be the grounding of the majority of its Ryanair’s aircraft fleet across Europe over the next 7 to 10 days.
Ryanair expects to reduce its seat capacity by up to 80% for April and May, adding that a full grounding of the fleet cannot be ruled out.
“Our priority remains the health and welfare of our people and our passengers, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that they can be reunited with their friends and families during these difficult times,” said CEO of Ryanair Michael Kevin O’Leary.
Ryanair also said today it was removing the fee for changing flights on all bookings for April.