RYANAIR hits out at both the UK and Irish Governments over for their handling of COVID vaccine rollouts, while slashing flights and its passenger forecasts.
The air carrier said it would significantly cut services from Thursday, January 21 resulting in fewer flights operating to and from Ireland or the UK.
The company blamed repeated lockdowns in the fight against COVID-19 and said its cuts would continue until “these draconian travel restrictions are lifted”.
The statement added: “All customers affected by these further flight cancellations and travel restrictions will receive an email advising them of their right to free movement and/or refunds.”
Ryanair, which has come under fire from consumer groups for its handling of reimbursements during the crisis to date, has called on the Irish and UK governments to speed up what they call the “slow pace” of insurance of vaccines to help unlock the travel industry.
The company said of the cancellations: “These new cutbacks will reduce full year (FY March ’21) traffic forecast from currently ‘below 35 million’ to between 26 million to 30 million passengers.
“Ryanair does not expect these flight cuts and further traffic reductions will materially affect its net loss for the year to 31 March 2021 since many of these flights would have been loss-making.”
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