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Ryanair has announced it is cutting flights for September and October because of the increasing return of travel restrictions around the EU.

Numerous restrictions including having to quarantine at home for 14 days and even having to wear masks on beaches has prompted thousands of travellers to cancel their holidays.

The uncertainty surrounding travel has also led people not book at all.

Travelers are also worried about the impact of rising cases on their health.

And budget flight company Ryanair have announced they have cut their routes by 20% from September.

Flights to Spain, France, Sweden and Ireland are most heavily impacted.

Ryanair had increased flights to 60% of its normal schedule this month after resuming services in July.

But on Monday a spokesman for Ryanair said: “These capacity cuts and frequency reductions for the months of September and October are unavoidable given the recent weakness in forward bookings due to Covid restrictions in a number of EU countries.

“Any affected passengers in September received email notification earlier today advising them of their options.”

“Similar communications will be issued to the small number of affected passengers in October later today.”

The spokesperson continued: “Over the past two weeks, as a number of EU countries have raised travel restrictions, forward bookings especially for business travel into September and October have been negatively affected and it makes sense to reduce frequencies so that we tailor capacity to demand over the next two months.”

“Proper testing at airports and effective tracing – as is being conducted in Germany and Italy – is the only realistic and proportionate method of supervising safe intra-EU air travel while effectively limiting the spread of the Covid-19 virus.”

These include passengers being able to move flights, and get cash or voucher refunds, as set out under EU regulations.

Which? Travel editor Rory Boland said: “With Ryanair reducing its flight schedule and easyJet withdrawing from a number of airports popular with holidaymakers, it’s clear the coronavirus outbreak continues to pose a huge threat to thousands of upcoming flights, and to the future of the travel sector more generally.

“EasyJet has committed to contacting anyone whose flight is affected with advice on their options, which include re-routing or receiving a full refund.

“Ryanair must follow suit, and ensure that if it is cancelling flights or intending to move the dates or departure airports for any affected flights, that it is communicating any changes well enough in advance, and letting customers know when they are entitled to a full refund.

“The UK’s travel sector has been battered by the restrictions placed on international travel through this crisis. The government must step in with support for the industry where appropriate, to ensure the future of international travel and to enable operators to fulfil their legal obligations to customers on refunds for cancellations.”

 


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