The recent Kovid-19 lockdown means fewer passengers will fly this winter than planned, but vaccines mean a more attractive summer and a return to pre – pandemic passenger numbers in the fall, said Group Chief Executive Michael O’Leary.
Only 30% of pre-pandemic capacity can be flown during the Christmas season this year at the lowest rates in Europe.
With the release of the first Covid-19 vaccines, it will rise by 60-80% from spring.
“We expect to be very close to our 2019 schedules by the end of summer and into the winter of 2021,” Michael O’Leary told Reuters in an interview.
“Our hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, beaches and beaches need to be open in the summer of ’21 because I think this number will be very attractive as people are celebrating their holidays in Europe instead of traveling farther next summer,” Michael O’Leary said.
He called for the support of European governments in waiving passenger taxes and allowing more passengers to undergo the Covid-19 inspection before departure in lieu of a shipwreck.
The UK announced this week that it would end its ban on passengers from countries with high Covid-19 if they receive a negative test taken for at least five days.
This is an improvement over the earlier 14-day embargo.
Michael O’Leary said the voyage would begin only if the ship was stopped.
He added that travelers within the EU were not required to show proof that they had been vaccinated because of their freedom-movement rights in the EU.
Australia’s Qantas said international travelers should be vaccinated against Kovid-19 before flying.
“I doubt it will apply to short-term travel,” said Michael O’Leary.
Ryanair said it expects to fly 38 million passengers in the fiscal year to March 31. O’Leary said it is now likely to decline in the mid-30s.
Depending on how the rollout of vaccines progresses, the airline could carry between 80 million and 130 million passengers next year.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s chief executive Eddie Wilson said bookings for the trip had increased in December.
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Speaking on RTE’s News at One program, Wilson said the airline sees the need to travel around Christmas.
He said bookings were on the rise as some European lockdowns had been lifted.
He said the EU has a traffic light system in place to ensure the movement of people and travel will be safer if people follow the traffic light system for inspection.
However, Wilson said he does not expect a more complete return to international travel until next spring or summer when a vaccine becomes available.
He said it was a reasonable assumption that people would be vaccinated before traveling next year, and that Ryanair had kept all the crew and aircraft in line with current expectations.
Meanwhile, Ryanair expects to place additional orders for negotiations for Boeing’s newly approved 737 Max later this year or early 2021, said Michael O’Leary.
“I think it’s important that Boeing announce some customer orders. We definitely want to be at the forefront of the queue because the Max 200 is a great aircraft,” O’Leary said, referring to the 197 seats. Aircraft variant.
Asked if Ryaner had 135 firm orders and 75 options for the Max 200, he said he could not comment because the discussion was confidential.
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