Ryanair notified passengers that it was reducing its short haul flight program (mainly to and from Italy) by up to 25% for a 3 week period from Tues 17th Mar to Wed 8th Apr, in response to the Covid-19 Virus.
Over the past week, Ryanair has seen a significant drop in bookings over that late March/early April period, in response to the Covid-19 Virus. There has also been a significant step up in passenger no-shows on flights, particularly from and within Italy.
The company will continue to monitor bookings carefully, and will continue to flex its schedules in response to this developing situation.
A daily Covid-19 action meeting across all areas of the airline has been initiated since Mon 24th Feb, and is focusing on maintaining operational efficiency and cost saving to address the current downturn in business caused by the Covid-19 Virus, including;
- Rolling schedule cuts as booking patterns alter
- Allocating annual leave and/or unpaid leave to pilots and cabin crew
- Recruitment, and promotion and pay freezes across the network
- Working with 3rd party suppliers to cut costs.