Ryanair estimates that it will not be able to fly again before next June, although it has clarified that this will depend on the guidelines established by governments in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
In a letter to his clients, the CEO of the airline, Michael O’Leary, has argued that no one knows how long this crisis will last, but that the experience in China suggests a period of three months to contain and reduce the spread of the virus.
«Although the immediate future is uncertain, it is important to remember that, like all pandemics, this crisis will pass,» said O’Leary, who announced last week that he would cut his and his workers’ wages in half because of the crisis.
Across Europe, governments have imposed unprecedented restrictions on the movement of citizens, which also include flight bans except for some intended for the repatriation and rescue of citizens.
The airline, which announced that the majority of its aircraft will remain on the ground from this Tuesday, has offered to all the governments of the European Union its help both to carry out rescue flights and to operate essential flights for the movement of vital medicines, equipment personal protection and, if necessary, emergency food supplies.
«Rest assured that we and the 18,000 aviation professionals in the Ryanair Airline Group will do our utmost to support our governments, our people and our customers in these unprecedented times,» he insisted.
For passengers whose flight has been canceled as a result of these closings, O’Leary has explained that they will receive an email explaining their options for the next week or two and has insisted that they «do not call» the phone lines since the reduced personnel will only be able to attend to the most urgent cases, which in the coming days will be rescue flights.