Passengers will be required to undergo temperature checks and must wear face masks while onboard.

By Cailey Rizzo
May 14, 2020
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Ryanair, one of Europe’s most famous budget airlines, plans to restore 40 percent of its flights by July 1.

Pending rulings from the European Commission, the airline intends to resume summer service to most of its 80 European destinations, the company announced this week.

“Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19,” CEO Eddie Wilson said in a statement. “With more than 6 weeks to go to 1st July, Ryanair believes this is the most practical date to resume normal flight schedules, so that we can allow friends and families to reunite, commuters to go back to work, and allow those tourism based economies such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and others, to recover what is left of this year’s tourism season.”

When flights resume, passengers will be required to undergo temperature checks and must wear face masks while onboard. To reduce crowding in the aisles, waiting in line for the toilet will be prohibited and passengers will have to request toilet access. Cabin crew will also wear face masks and will only perform limited inflight service.

All passengers who fly in July and August will have to complete a survey at check-in time, detailing how long their visit will be, their address while traveling and their contact information.

At the moment, the airline operates only 30 daily flights between Ireland, the UK and Europe. As the airline resumes flights, it will not focus on the frequency of its operations but the number of destinations it can serve.

The European Commission also announced plans this week to begin lifting cross-border travel restrictions. Travelers from outside the continent will not be able to visit until at least June 15 and may be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine after arrival.

France, Italy, Spain have notably started lifting their lockdown restrictions.