Published on March 29th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Ryanair Scale Back Operations to a Skeleton Service

From 27th March to 2nd April, Ryanair will operate just 13 routes from the island of Ireland, 12 from Dublin and one from Cork. There are no services from Kerry, Shannon, Ireland West Airport, City of Derry Airport or Belfast Aldergrove. The airline have offered their aircraft to European governments for emergency medical flights, including to/from China if required. As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 90% of Ryanair’s aircraft will be grounded for the coming weeks.

A statement from the company regarding the reduced schedule said: “All these aircraft are disinfected daily. With low loads and no trolley service, social distancing will be 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 DAC and the other group airlines (Ryanair UK, Malta Air, Buzz and Lauda) will operate a number of recency flights to keep aircraft, pilots and engineers current and available should they be required. The recency flights resemble a large radar vectored circuit as seen below yesterday when 737-700 EI-SEV undertook one such flight from Dublin.

List of flights to operate until 2nd April from Ireland and the UK

To/From Ireland To/From the UK
Dublin – London (STN) London (STN) – Dublin
Dublin – London (GAT) London (GAT) – Dublin
Dublin – Birmingham Birmingham  – Dublin
Dublin – Bristol Edinburgh – Dublin
Dublin – Edinburgh Bristol – Dublin
Dublin – Glasgow Glasgow – Dublin
Dublin – Manchester Manchester – Dublin
Dublin – Amsterdam London (STN) – Eindhoven
Dublin – Brussels London (STN) – Lisbon
Dublin – Berlin London (STN) – Cork
Dublin – Lisbon London (STN) – Berlin
Dublin – Cologne London (STN) – Budapest
Cork – London (STN)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, S&P Global has lowered its credit ratings for EasyJet, Ryanair, Lufthansa, IAG, British Airways, Air Baltic, Turkish Airlines and SAS, and placed them on alert for further downgrades as the coronavirus hurts their liquidity positions.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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