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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...

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...