European budget carrier Ryanair has issued new coronavirus protection guidelines for flying, effective June 1.
Ryanair’s new coronavirus protection guidelines are:
- All crews and passengers will be required to wear a protective face covering.
- Passengers can no longer get up to use the lavatory at will. The purpose is to avoid a line for the lavatory, which would make social distancing hard. In practicality, that means individual passenger permission to use the restroom must first be granted by a flight attendant.
- Boarding passes must be presented on mobile devices, avoiding paper boarding passes.
- Inflight purchases can only be transacted electronically. No cash will be accepted.
- A temperature check will be conducted on passengers and crews prior to every flight.
- Passengers are asked to reduce the amount of baggage they bring.
Ryanair’s decision to re-launch schedules
According to Ryanair’s management, the airline will proceed with plans for about 1,000 flights a day, including 90 percent of its pre-coronavirus flight routes.
The airline’s new plans were made official about two weeks after Ryanair warned of laying off 3,000 employees as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
On May 1, Ryanair informed its employees that the planned cuts would include pilots as well as flight attendants, as well as other employee groups.
Boeing airplane orders
Ryanair has entered negotiations with Boeing. The airline seeks to acquire a lesser amount of airplanes than what was previously agreed upon for the next two years. The airline is not counting on an increase in demand for airline tickets until the summer of 2022.
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