Ryanair Could Ground All Flights

The Ryanair Group expects that it will ground most of its flights. Airlines across the globe are currently suffering from the coronavirus crisis. The epidemic is having unprecedented impacts on the aviation industry, and now Ryanair is reacting.

Ryanair is grounding most of its fleet next week. Photo: Getty Images

From midnight tonight, Ryanair will ground 80% of its flights. However, more extreme actions are planned for the 24th of March, in other words, 6 days’ time. From midnight on the 24th of March, the airline expects that almost all of its flights will be grounded.

However, a worst-case scenario sees no Ryanair flights operating at all. The airline has highlighted that it will maintain a skeleton service between the UK and Ireland. Earlier in the month, Simple Flying discussed coronavirus with Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary.

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On a typical day, Ryanair operates some 2,400 flights. However, with the introduction of its new measures, this could drop to just 1/100th of that figure, if not even lower. The airline sent Simple Flying the following:

From 24:00 hrs Tue 24 Mar we expect that most if not all Ryanair Group flights will be grounded, except for a very small number of flights to maintain essential connectivity, mostly between the UK and Ireland.

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Ryanair is in one of the best positions with regard to liquidity. Photo: Getty Images

What to do if you have a booking?

If you have a booking, the best thing is to try and keep yourself informed about what is happening with regards to your flight. This would include looking directly at your booking, and the airline’s current travel restrictions webpage.

All airlines are currently experiencing an incredibly high volume of calls due to the present situation. For example, WestJet’s call wait time exceeded 10 hours recently. Ryanair has removed the rebooking fee for flights in April. However, it warns passengers who do rebook their flights not to rebook for April. Of course, the other option is to take a risk, and see if you can get a refund from holding off rebooking.

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Earlier this week, Ryanair issued this notice regarding flight changes. Photo: Ryanair

Some passengers have also been unchecked-in by the airline. This allows checked-in passengers to change their flights. So be sure to check this if you are still planning to fly.

Unprecedented impact

The current coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry. In fact, something like this not never really been seen since the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

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Ryanair’s CEO had thought that things would soon get better. Photo: Getty Images

While some airlines were in a precarious position to begin with, even the most well-prepared airlines may not be able to cope with the situation. CAPA even warned that most airlines could be bankrupt by May. Simple Flying recently took a look at the airlines most likely to survive coronavirus yesterday.

Are you due to fly with Ryanair soon? What do you make of this sudden announcement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!