Ryanair: Financial officer predicts surge in passengers
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Travel is slowly beginning to restart around the world, with many nations relaxing restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated or can provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. In the UK, the traffic light system also provides clarity on where Britons can travel without facing quarantine.
As of July 19, double-jabbed travellers returning from amber list countries do not face self-isolation rules.
There is also speculation that the Government will further relax restrictions for vaccinated passengers travelling from the US and EU.
Jet2, Ryanair and easyJet have all ramped up their flight offering in recent weeks in line with these rules.
Here are the latest updates:
Jet2 are adding more flights to Malta and Madeira due to soaring demand in the summer.
Both destinations are currently on the UK’s green list meaning Britons do not need to quarantine on their return home.
The additional Madeira flights will run from Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds Airport.
The Malta flights will run from Manchester and London Stansted.
Jet2 boss Steve Heapy said: “Madeira and Malta are seeing very strong demand, thanks to a combination of their green list status and the fact they are fantastic destinations for holidaymakers to enjoy.
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“It is clear that autumn breaks are in demand this year, so we have responded to that trend by giving customers more choice in September and October.
“With so many flights to choose from, on top of our award-winning service, we know that these additional flights will sell very well and very quickly.”
Jet2 maintains its “changes and refund policy” in the event the airline must cancel a flight due to coronavirus restrictions.
“In line with our Changes and Refunds Policy, if your holiday has been cancelled by us as a result of COVID-19, your holiday will be automatically cancelled and we’ll process your full refund within 14 days,” states the airline website.
Ryanair bosses have raised their full-year results prediction to correlate with an anticipated boost in bookings over the summer months.
Despite a loss of €273million in the first quarter, traffic rebounded from half a million to 8.1 million throughout May and June.
The airline has boosted its flight offering, and is reporting success throughout Europe thanks to the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate and even says UK travel is on the rise.
“We’ve seen a huge surge in bookings over the past number of weeks and indeed even in the UK we have seen a large rise in bookings although there is a little bit of uncertainty there,” said Neil Sorhan, Ryanair’s chief financial officer.
The airline continues to offer its “zero flight change fee” policy for customers who are impacted by changing travel rules.
“We know your plans may change, so we’ve dropped our flight change fees for all new bookings made before 30 September 2021, for travel before 31 December 2021.
“You can now make up to two flight changes for travel by 31 December 2021,” states the Ryanair website.
easyJet has boosted its flight offering in recent months, operating its own “traffic light” system in line with Government advice.
Holidays to “green” destinations can go ahead, quarantine to “amber” destinations can go ahead if passengers are “happy to travel” and holidays to red destinations are now cancelled with the airline issuing refunds to those impacted.
In any instance, easyJet advises customers to remain up-to-date on the specific travel requirements in place at their destination.
Although the relaxation of quarantine rules for fully vaccinated passengers have been welcomed by the airline, CEO Johan Lundgren told LBC radio it was a “little bit too late”.
He added: “Even if they can avoid the quarantine, you’re still going to have the very expensive PCR testing that’s going to make this out of reach for many, many people.”The additional Madeira flights will run from Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds Airport.
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