Poll: Is Ryanair’s capacity cutback indicative of European LCC overreach in the COVID era?
Ryanair plans to cut its flight capacity by 20% in September and October, citing waning forward bookings attributable to uncertainty over COVID-19 case rates in some EU countries.
Forward bookings have “notably weakened” over the last 10 days as more countries across Europe have introduced fresh restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the airline said in a statement.
The LCC said most of the cuts would be frequency reductions rather than route closures, with a heavy focus on countries such as France, Spain and Sweden, where recent spikes in COVID-19 cases have led to increased travel restrictions.
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