Europe’s largest budget airline Ryanair pledged to fly over 1,000 daily flights starting on Wednesday, approximately 40 percent of its normal July capacity.
After more than three months since the coronavirus pandemic forced it to ground most of its fleet, the airline said on its website that it will operate over 1,000 daily flights across 200 European airports, restoring almost 90 percent of its pre-COVID-19 route network, albeit with lower frequencies and lower fares.
The airline expected in July to carry more than 4.5 million customers, many of them family holidaymakers, marking an important turning point for Ryanair and for the tourism industry of Europe.
It is offering some lowest ever fares during the peak summer months to attract customers looking to snap up holiday bargains, said the airline.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 on flights, it has introduced such measures as mandatory face masks, fewer check bags, cashless in-flight services and improved hygiene procedures.
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Ryanair operated an estimated 2,400 flights over 1,800 routes per day, which mainly connected destinations within Europe in addition to parts of North Africa, according to the figures from the company.
The airline’s flight service virtually came to a standstill in April and May because of the flight restrictions and bans imposed in various countries following the outbreak of the pandemic.
In May, Ryanair reported a year-on-year drop of 99.5 percent in passenger numbers on top of a 99.6-percent drop in April.
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