Having previously pledged to work with carriers to overcome the financial difficulties created by the coronavirus pandemic, chancellor Rishi Sunak has now advised airlines to find other forms of funding.
In a statement today, the low-cost carrier said all departures would be cancelled except for a very small number of flights to maintain essential connectivity, mostly between the UK and Ireland.
Malta, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Norway and Cyprus are among those destinations to have imposed flight bans of varying degrees.
Ryanair will suspend all domestic flights within Italy from tomorrow. International flights will follow on Friday, with all departures suspended until April 8th at the earliest.
Over the past week, the low-cost carrier said it had seen significant drop in bookings over the late March/early April period, in response to the spread of the virus.
Ryanair has reported a quarter three profit of €88 million, compared with a €66 million loss in the same period last year. Traffic at the low-cost airline group grew six per cent over the three months, with the carrier welcoming 36 million guests.
Ryanair has written to chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, calling on him to extend the air passenger duty ‘holiday’ given to Flybe to all UK airlines.
Two new, twice weekly routes from Gyumri to Athens and from Yerevan to Thessaloniki will start in May, as part of the low-cost carrier’s extended Armenia summer schedule.
Ryanair has revealed it will carry over 11 million customers this Christmas, breaking last year’s record traffic by ten per cent. December 20th was the airline’s busiest day of the festive season, with an estimated 500,000 customers travelling on more than 2,500 flights.
Ryanair has said it will slow expansion next summer as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max continues. The low-cost carrier now expects to receive ten new aircraft from Boeing next year, down from the originally planned 20.
Ryanair quit a controversial aviation complaints body after being made to pay more than £3.6 million in handling fees and compensation last year, Which? has revealed.