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Ryanair to cut capacity by 20% as restrictions tighten

Written by on 17/08/2020

Ryanair is cutting flight capacity by a fifth in September and October as travel restrictions to some European countries tighten.

The airline said the decision came after forward bookings “notably weakened over the last 10 days” amid continued uncertainty over coronavirus case rates.

It said most of the cuts would mean reductions in the frequency of flights rather than route closures.

The carrier said 20% fall in capacity would be “heavily focused on those countries such as Spain, France and Sweden” where rising numbers of cases have led to increased travel restrictions.

Ireland, which Ryanair said continued to impose “uniquely restrictive” quarantine restrictions on many other EU countries, will also be affected to a large degree by the cuts, the airline added.

 Sky News

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