Low-cost airline Ryanair has warned that it may suspend all flights from the UK and Ireland by the end of this month as travel is suspended.
The vehicle that has a hub on Birmingham Airportexpects the Covid-19 lockdowns to cut flight schedules as passenger numbers drop dramatically.
It is feared that new Covid restrictions could reduce traffic to just 500,000 passengers per month in February and March. The airline has announced this significantly shortened its flight plans from January 21st with “few, if any” flights to and from the UK and Ireland.
Further cuts in flights will reduce the passenger forecast from under 35 million to 26 to 30 million customers.
Ryanair has taken “draconian” measures, demanding that the government accelerate the introduction of the coronavirus vaccine.
A spokesman for the low-cost airline said: “The World Health Organization previously confirmed that governments should do everything possible to avoid brutal lockdowns, as lockdowns won’t get rid of the virus.”
“The travel restrictions for Covid-19 are already the strictest in Europe, so these new flight restrictions are inexplicable and ineffective.
“Vaccinations rather than Lock is the way out of this Covid-19 crisis. The sooner action is taken to accelerate vaccine adoption, the better. ”
Ryanair added, “All customers affected by these additional flight cancellations and travel restrictions will receive emails informing them of their entitlement to free removals and / or refunds.”