Ryanair has welcomed a decision by pilots’ union Balpa to accept a four year pay deal for its members in the UK. The contract will see UK-based pilots of the low-cost carrier take a 20 per cent pay cut, to be resorted over period.
Ryanair will return to flying from today, offering over 1,000 daily flights across Europe. The decision marks the end of a 14-week shutdown of operations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have launched a combined legal action against what they have branded a “flawed” quarantine introduced by the government earlier this week.
Ryanair has branded the proposed 14-day quarantine to be introduced by UK authorities next week as “useless”. For a quarantine to be effective, inbound passengers arriving at ports and airports need to be detained at their point of arrival, the low-cost carrier said.
Officials in Spain have confirmed the country will drop a two-week quarantine requirement for arrivals from July 1st. The decision comes as the country seeks to reopen its tourism sector ahead of the summer season.
Recognising that airports, airlines and aircraft are different, the guidance takes a pragmatic approach in implementation – highlighting and giving guidance on the ways in which individual locations and situations can best be re-engineered to meet the new health safety standards.
The carrier said it was expecting to welcome 80 million passengers over the course of the year, down by half from the 154 million targeted before the coronavirus outbreak.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority said it will review how airlines are handling refunds during the coronavirus pandemic. A statement said the body would consider if any action should be taken to ensure that consumer rights are protected.
Ryanair has confirmed plans to return to 40 per cent of normal flight schedules from the start of July. The low-cost carrier said the move was subject to government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.
Ryanair has added three London Stansted routes to its current network. From May 15th, the low-cost carrier will fly three times a week to Bucharest and Sofia, while a daily service to Porto will be added on May 22nd.
Ryanair will cut as many as 3,000 jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The low-cost carrier grounded all flights in mid-March as European destinations closed borders, with no resumption of services expected until at least July.
Ryanair has warned passengers they may have to wait until the coronavirus pandemic has passed before they can claim cash refunds. In the latest update to its refund policy, the low-cost carrier said it would offer vouchers and free changes of flight in the short-term.