Ryanair flights: Coronavirus forces airline to extend limited schedule – latest

Ryanair flights are currently operating on a limited schedule due to coronavirus. Over 90 percent of Ryanair aircraft are out of action amid the crisis. The end date of the limited schedule has now been pushed further back as the virus shows no signs of slowing.

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Ryanair announced this week that further flights will not recommence until Thursday April 16.

This is an extension of a week beyond the original predicted date.

The news comes as Ryanair complies with flight restrictions imposed due to coronavirus.

Ryanair announced the extended schedule in a post online.

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Ryanair flights: The end date of the limited schedule has now been pushed further back (Image: Getty Images)Ryanair flights: Over 90 percent of Ryanair aircraft are out of action amid the crisis (Image: Getty Images)

The airline said: “As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90 percent of Ryanair’s aircraft are grounded for the coming weeks.

“We will comply with these restrictions at all times.

“We are working with EU Governments to try to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, even though the passenger loads on these flights is very low.

“We are… extending this limited schedule by a week to Thursday 16 April.

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“Ryanair is operating these flights daily or weekly and all details can be found on the www.ryanair.com website.”

London flights are flying to Dublin, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Cork, Berlin and Budapest.

Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester are all flying to Dublin.

The airline also detailed the measures they are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ryanair flights: Any passenger whose flight has been cancelled will receive an email (Image: Getty Images)

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“All the aircraft are disinfected daily,” explained Ryanair.

“With low loads, social distancing is being optimised on-board and we ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult times to maintain vital links to/from Ireland and to/from the UK to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks.

“Ryanair apologises sincerely for the unprecedented grounding of our aircraft fleet, and any schedule disruptions this may have caused, but we must all work together with EU Governments to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our citizens and our health services.”

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary explained in a statement released at the end of March: “Any passenger whose flight has been cancelled as a result of these Government shutdowns, will over the next week or two, receive an email outlining their options.”

Trending Ryanair flights: “All the aircraft are disinfected daily,” explained Ryanair (Image: Getty Images)

He added: “At this time, no one knows how long this Covid shutdown will last.

“The experience in China suggests a three-month period for the spread of the virus to be contained and reduced.

“We do not expect to operate flights during the months of April and May at this time, but this will clearly depend upon Government advice, and we will in all cases comply with these instructions.”