Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary rubbished proposals to introduce social distancing measures between seats as he discussed security measures to contain the risk of contracting the coronavirus on board. The Ryanair boss insisted his company will be following scientific advice when flights resume on July 1 and urged passengers to ensure they have a face mask on them to be able to travel. Speaking to ITV Peston, Mr O’Leary said: “The scientists tell us, in fact, it is the most effective way – where social distancing, two metres, isn’t possible, wear face masks.
“Professor Luke O’Neill, the eminent professor of immunology at Trinity College Dublin, we put a video up on our website where everybody is wearing face masks, you limit the risk of the spread of communicable diseased by over 90 percent.”
The Ryanair boss also dismissed the British Government’s plans to introduce a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals to the UK instead of mimicking measures other European countries have taken on.
Mr O’Leary continued: “Here in the UK, unfortunately, you don’t mandate masks. They are inventing a totally useless quarantine period with a form that isn’t even available yet.
“Most of the airlines, including Ryanair, we’re going back to flying from July 1 with about 1,000 flights a day from airports all over the UK.
“We require every passenger on board our flights to wear a face mask. You will have the face mask on you before you board.
“Face masks are going to be readily available, that’s not the challenge.”
Robert Peston cheekily questioned whether Ryanair would charge passengers “rip-off prices” for face masks to which Mr O’Leary responded: “At Ryanair, we never do rip-off prices. No one beats us on price.
“To be serious, all airlines – Lufthansa, BA, EasyJet, Ryanair – we are asking our passengers and our crews to wear face masks.
Holidaymakers will be able to fly with Ryanair once again on July 1, when the airline is expected to release 40 percent of its schedule at 1,000 flights every day.
British Airways will also be resuming flights from July, with the airline warning most flights will run at a 50 percent capacity. They expect passenger numbers to remain low until 2023.
EasyJet will resume flights on June 15 from 22 European countries serving several UK airports including Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast and Glasgow.
TUI flights scheduled from June 30 onwards will go ahead as planned.
Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:02:00 +0000