Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, Ryanair, announced it will be suspending all flights until at least June, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary made the announcement this week revealing the company will suspend all commercial flights and will instead use its aircraft to help with humanitarian efforts and repatriation where necessary.
All of the team here at Ryanair are working hard to provide repatriation and rescue flights for many EU Governments.
For the next week we will operate daily or weekly flights on the below routes to facilitate our passengers dealing with emergencies that require urgent travel👇
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) March 25, 2020
“As a Group of Airlines [Ryanair, Lauda, Buzz and Malta Air], we expect most of our flights to be grounded from Tues 24 March onwards,” O’Leary said in a statement. “We have offered our aircraft to all EU Governments, both for rescue flights and to operate essential flights for the movement of vital medicines, personal protective equipment, and if necessary, emergency food supplies.”
“At this time, no one knows how long this Covid shutdown will last,” O’Leary continued. “We do not expect to operate flights during the months of April and May at this time, but this will clearly depend upon Government advice, and we will in all cases comply with these instructions.”