Ryanair has announced it has restored 60% of its normal flight schedule from 1 August. The budget-carrier resumed flights in June after the coronavirus pandemic grounded the majority of its fleet for almost 3 months.
In July, Ryanair flew 4.4 million customers to destinations across Europe with many looking for a post-lockdown getaway and others seeking to reunite with loved ones.
Traveller confidence is slowly returning as earlier this week easyJet increased flights in line with increasing demand. The popular budget airline announced their flying capacity between July and September is now 40%, up from earlier estimates of 30%.
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “Since the resumption of our schedule in late June, passenger numbers have continued to grow and as a result, we’re delighted to announce that our flight schedule is set to increase to more than 60% in August.”
The airline will operate more than 1,600 routes and over 11,000 weekly flights across its network.
With demand for air travel growing, Ryanair are encouraging passengers to observe the healthy flying measures they have had in place since the resumption of its services. These include the mandatory use of facemasks and a reduced in-flight cashless service.
The carrier has launched an extensive seat sale on its website with one-way fares starting from just €19.99.
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EasyJet has increased its summer schedule due to growing demand and says it now expects to operate about 1,000 flights per day in August.