Covid-19: Ryanair to Add Back Flights in July with New Safety Measures

Face masks are required, and passengers will need to ask flight attendants for permission to use the toilet.

The Boeing Sky interior of Ryanair’s first 737-800. (Photo: Ryanair)

Europe’s largest low-cost carrier has outlined updated policies for this summer, when it will resume 40 percent of its scheduled services. The company plans to operate 1,000 flights a day from July 1, although that depends on the easing of travel restrictions within the European Union over the coming weeks.

According to a May 12 press release, Ryanair will implement additional health measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. These include thoroughly disinfecting planes every night; a reduced allowance for checked bags; online check-in, with boarding passes downloaded to passengers’ smart phones; as well as temperature checks at the airport. Travelers must wear face masks or coverings at all times while inside the terminal and on board the company’s aircraft. Social distancing will be encouraged where possible, but Ryanair will not be leaving middle seats unoccupied unlike competitors such as EasyJet.

Cabin crew are now required don face masks, and the limited inflight service will offer pre-packaged snacks and drinks, with cashless transactions only. Queuing in the aisles for toilets are no longer allowed on board, and “toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.”

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said the airline was keen to return to normal schedules following the lockdowns mandated by national governments across the continent. “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.”

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