The head of the low-cost airline Ryanair has asked sun-seekers to prepare for the vacation abroad from June, despite the ongoing uncertainty about international travel.
Managing director Michael O’Leary claimed he was confident that overseas holidays would eventually get the green light and urged British travelers not to panic.
Non-essential travel abroad from the UK is currently prohibited. But on April 5, the UK government indicated that it would confirm the conditions for allowing international travel – although it is expected to insist on strict protective measures against a new wave of Covid infections.
Mr O’Leary said, “Now is the time for optimism. We are very confident that by mid-June, July and August families will be traveling to and from the UK, to and from Europe.
“We are trying to do business with the best information available at the moment.
“By June, 80 percent of the UK population will be vaccinated. I think it is very difficult to convince the British people to sit at home and take a vacation from home at this point.
“The European Union will have largely caught up with Britain, with a huge surge in vaccinations and a huge decrease in serious illnesses and hospitalizations across Europe.”
He added, “With Europe catching up with Britain, I see very little risk that there will be no reasonable freedom of movement. Everyone’s panicking about international travel. But it’s only March.
“But people can book for the school holidays with confidence and if something changes people can postpone their plans.
“Right now there is a kind of hysteria. Keep in mind that Covid-19 case rates fell sharply last summer, even before there was a vaccine. “
Mr O’Leary also explained how Ryanair would operate routes if the rules were relaxed, but said seats on planes would not remain vacant.
“Social distancing is impossible at an airport or when boarding a plane. But we also don’t believe that social distancing will be necessary from mid-2021.
He claimed that anyone who received the Covid-19 blast shouldn’t face travel restrictions and hopes Ryanair will be operating 2,300 flights a day on 480 routes by mid-June.
The airline has launched seat sales with fares starting at £ 19.99 for travel through October. However, these sales prices must be booked by midnight on Sunday Ryanair.com Website.