Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has revealed that as part of its plans to reintroduce 40% of its normal flight schedules from July, passengers will no longer be allowed to queue for the toilet. Instead they will have to request permission from a crew member.
Subject to government restrictions being lifted, from July 1 the airline intends to operate almost 1,000 daily flights, up from the 30 it is currently operating.
Eddie Wilson, Ryanair CEO, commented: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from July 1 onwards. Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work, and restart Europe's tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.”
The restart comes as Spain joins the UK in announcing it will implement a 14-day quarantine period for passengers arriving into the country. The British prime minister, Boris Johnson announced similar plans in an address to the nation on Sunday.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Michael O’Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair described the quarantine rules as “idiotic” saying they would be “ineffective” at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG yesterday said that the company will have to review its plans to relaunch flights, in light of the new quarantine restrictions.
Ryanair said social distancing at airports and onboard the aircraft would be encouraged where possible. It also announced that crew will be wearing face masks and a limited in flight service would be offered.