The budget airline today announced plans to return to the skies in July, offering a glimmer of hope for British holidaymakers. However, with Spain also announcing a two-week quarantine rule for those travelling to the country from abroad, many are faced with the possibility that a holiday in sunny Spain may not be on the menu. If a holidaymaker is planning a week away in Spain late in the summer, then at the moment travellers will have to book up to five weeks off work as they face two weeks of quarantine on arrival and then another 14 days quarantine when they arrive back in the UK.
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But despite the gloomy news, the budget airline Ryanair announced plans to return to 40 percent of normal flight schedules from Wed 1 July 2020.
The new plans are subject to Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.
Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90 percent of its pre-Covid-19 route network
Since coronavirus flight restrictions were put in place in March, Ryanair has been operating just 30 flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe.
And to top off the good news, the airline is offering a bargain summer 2021 sale for cheap travellers.
Flights are scheduled from UK airports such as London Stansted, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle among others.
Some of the best deals include £28 flights to Germany and £30 flights to France.
Flights to Spain are also available for just £37.
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But the cheapest flights of all are to Cork, Knock and Shannon in Ireland for just £27.99.
The budget airline has announced flights for next summer as many holidaymakers look to next year for a sunny holiday abroad.
Ryanair usually only releases the flights six months in advance but has decided to announce the changes earlier than usual.
From July, Ryanair will restart flying from most of its 80 bases across Europe.
There will be fewer daily and weekly frequencies on trunk routes, as Ryanair works to restore some services on the widest number of routes, rather than operating high-frequency services on a small number.
Ryanair is also encouraging passengers to follow health measures to limit the spread of the virus.
These include fewer checked bags, checking in online or from home, downloading boarding pass to the passenger smart phone, as well as undergoing temperature checks at airport entry and wearing face masks or coverings at all times in the terminal and onboard aircraft.
All Ryanair aircraft are fitted with HEPA air filters (similar to those used in critical hospital wards) and all aircraft interior surfaces are disinfected every night with chemicals, which are effective for over 24 hours.
Social distancing at airports and on board aircraft will also be encouraged where it is possible.
On board its aircraft, Ryanair cabin crew will also wear face masks/coverings and will offer a limited inflight service of pre-packaged snacks and drinks which can only be paid for by contactless card.
Queuing for toilets will also be prohibited on board although toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.
Ryanair is also encouraging passengers to regularly hand wash and use hand sanitisers in airport terminals.
The airline has said it will not be keeping middle seats empty like other airlines.
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