In Full: Ryanair to resume Edinburgh, Prestwick, Glasgow, Aberdeen flights
Ryanair said it planned to return to 40 per cent of its usual schedule from 1 July if government restrictions allowed and “effective public health measures” were in place at airports.
These would restore 90 per cent of its network, at reduced frequencies.
The carrier has continued to operate flights between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin during the lockdown, among 30 a day
Planned new measures include temperature checks for passengers at airports and face coverings being warn at all times.
On flights, there will be limited pre-packaged snacks and drinks available, with no cash sales.
Queuing for toilets will be banned with passengers having to request it.
Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July.
“Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short haul within Europe’s single market.
“Now Europe’s states are allowing some gradual return to normal life, we expect this will evolve over the coming weeks and months.
“With more than six weeks to go to 1 July, Ryanair believes this is the most practical date to resume normal flight schedules, so we can allow friends and families to reunite, commuters to go back to work, and allow those tourism based economies such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and others, to recover what is left of this year’s tourism season.
But Rory Boland, editor of consumer magazine Which? Travel, warned: “With the [UK] Government set to introduce quarantine rules for passengers entering the country, expanding flight schedules now is likely to leave many families, who booked summer holidays months ago, with expensive flights they can’t take and no way to get their money back.
“Even if these flights are ultimately cancelled because the Government does not lift its advice against foreign travel, customers face a fight for their money from an airline that has already been breaking the law by delaying refunds for customers.
“The aviation regulator and government must stand up for passengers’ rights and start taking action against any airlines that are flouting the law around refunds.”
A spokesperson for AGS Airports, which runs Aberdeen and Glasgow, said: “We welcome Ryanair’s plans and will continue to work with each of our airline partners on their plans to resume flight schedules when it is possible to do so.”
Scottish routes to resume:
From 24 June: Budapest, Barcelona
25 June: Krakow
27 June: Berlin, Alicante, Malaga
1 July: Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Beziers, Nantes, Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Milan, Palermo, Rome, Treviso, Luxembourg, Warsaw, Faro, Bucharest, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Santander, Tenerife, Malta
2 July: Sofia, Billand, Bordeaux, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Corfu, Cagliari, Pisa, Riga, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Porto, Bratislava, Girona, Fuerteventura, Valencia, Derry
3 July: Marseille, Toulouse, Karlsruhe, Bologna, Naples, Eindhoven, Poznan, Lanzarote, Gothenburg, Stockholm
4 July: Carcassonne, Memmingen, Kaunas, Katowice, Wroclaw, Lisbon, Gran Canaria, Seville
25 June: Alicante, Malaga
1 July: Krakow
3 July: Warsaw, Wroclaw
4 July: Brussels
2 July: Alicante
4 July: Faro, Malaga
26 June: Malaga
1 July: Pisa, Faro, Ibiza, Tenerife
2 July: Alicante, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca
3 July: Murcia
4 July: Rome
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