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Ryanair boss says fears of new European lockdowns are deterring bookings
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Ryanair boss says fears of new European lockdowns are deterring bookings

European airlines face a slump in Christmas and early summer travel as the spectre of another wave of lockdowns puts people off booking holidays, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned. Austria’s decision to impose a third national lockdown from Monday, which could last until 12 December, to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and fatalities, has stoked fears of...

Ban UK domestic flights and subsidise rail travel, urges transport charity
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Ban UK domestic flights and subsidise rail travel, urges transport charity

Domestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidised, transport campaigners have urged, highlighting the relative environmental and financial costs of air and rail travel. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) called on ministers to outlaw internal UK flights if an equivalent train journey took less than five hours and to resist calls for any cut...

Ryanair to stop all flights from Northern Ireland
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Ryanair to stop all flights from Northern Ireland

Ryanair is to stop all flights from both Belfast international airport and Belfast City airport, in a further blow to connectivity between Northern Ireland and the rest of Europe. The airline blamed government passenger duty and the absence of any Covid recovery incentives for the two airports. “Due to the UK government’s refusal to suspend or reduce...

Covid to cost airlines £7bn more than predicted
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Covid to cost airlines £7bn more than predicted

A slower than anticipated global vaccine rollout and wider failure to get Covid under control will cost airlines $10bn (£7.2bn) more than previously predicted, according to the organisation that represents global airlines. The warning from the International Air Transport Association came as Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned on Wednesday there would be “seismic” cut in capacity...

Norwegian axes long-haul flights and cuts 1,100 Gatwick jobs
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Norwegian axes long-haul flights and cuts 1,100 Gatwick jobs

Norwegian has announced it will no longer fly long-haul routes, even after the pandemic, bringing an end to its low-cost, long-haul vision and spelling the loss of about 1,100 jobs based at Gatwick airport. The airline said it would retrench to a short-haul European network and domestic Norwegian routes for good, as it outlined its...

Airlines’ failure to offer Covid cash refunds investigated by UK regulator
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Airlines’ failure to offer Covid cash refunds investigated by UK regulator

The UK competition regulator has launched an investigation into the failure of airlines to offer cash refunds to travellers who have been unable to take their flights because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its move followed reports that airlines may have breached consumers’ rights by not offering cash refunds in cases...