Ryanair gamble on flights to Spain & the rest of Europe
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has told Sky News it is expecting countries across Europe, including the UK, to stop “locking people down” from June despite media “hysteria” on whether summer holidays will be allowed.
He was speaking as the airline revealed an “expanded” UK summer schedule, including 26 new routes, based on the assumption that the government will allow holiday travel despite growing worries about surging COVID-19 cases in many European countries.
In an interview with Ian King Live, Mr O’Leary denied it was a gamble and credited UK vaccine success saying it was clear that holiday hotspot nations including Greece, Spain and Portugal wanted to welcome UK travellers who had been vaccinated.
He rated the chances at higher than 50% and also insisted that the airline was making good on the crisis-era issue of refunds, with a backlog of direct requests cleared and new claims being handled within 24 hours online.
Jaunts abroad are currently banned under measures to contain the spread of the disease – with MPs due to vote this week on fines of £5,000 for those who flout the rules.
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