Here are the Ryanair routes that will be operating from July as airline plans to restart flights

Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 10:29 am

Ryanair has announced tentative plans to restore two out of five of its flights from July 1.

The airline announced plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from Wednesday 1 July 2020, subject to Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.

In a statement, Ryanair said they will operate “a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights,” restoring 90% of their pre-Covid-19 route network.

Here's everything you need to know:

Which flights will be running?

At the time of writing, it’s not yet 100% clear which flights the airline plans to reintroduce, but the company will likely begin with the reintroduction of short haul flights that last one hour or less.

Ryanair's chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short-haul (1 hour) within Europe’s single market.

"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.

"Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Since the Covid-19 flight restrictions in mid-March, Ryanair has been operating a skeleton daily schedule of 30 flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe.

From July, Ryanair plans to restart flying from most of its 80 bases across Europe.

Will it be safe to fly?

The airline said the measure is subject to government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted and "effective public health measures" being put in place at airports.

Ryanair will be introducing its own protective measures to flights, as well as plans to enforce social distancing on its aircraft.

Crew and passengers will be required to wear face masks or face coverings, and pass temperature checks.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary told ITV's Good Morning Britain, "As we begin to move again as an economy and a society, most people are going to be wearing face masks.

"I think the Government advice in the UK must change. Instead of making face masks advisory, they must make them mandatory on trains, on the London Underground and in airport terminals as well."

Queuing for toilets will also be banned, but "toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request", according to the airline.

Refreshments available to buy on board will be limited to pre-packaged items, and sales will be cashless.

Ryanair said all surfaces in its cabins will be disinfected every night with chemicals which are effective for more than 24 hours.

The carrier will require all passengers flying in July and August to complete a form when they check in, stating how long their visit will be and where they are staying.

This information will be provided to EU governments to "help them to monitor any isolation regulations they require of visitors on intra-EU flights".

Will I have to isolate when returning to the UK?

The Government have also announced plans to introduced mandatory a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from outside the UK.

“All arrivals including British nationals will be required to provide their contact information and self-isolate upon arrival, other than those on a short list of exemptions,” say the Government.

The Government is being quick to remind people that these measures will not come into force on Wednesday 13 May, say they will set out “further detail” in “due course”.

O'Leary weighed in with his opinion on the quarantine plans, telling ITV's Good Morning Britain he didn’t think the 14-day isolation will be effective

“It will have no credibility among the travelling public, but it is manageable,” he said.