September 10, 2020, 07.09 PM
Ryanair has informed staff at two Irish airports that it will close the bases for the winter unless Ireland?s travel restrictions ease. ShutterstockRyanair has informed staff at two Irish airports that it will close the bases for the winter unless Ireland?s travel restrictions ease.

The "green list" of countries exempt from the restrictions is under review after a rise in Irish Covid-19 cases made adding countries with a similar or slightly better incidence rate too risky, the health minister said last week.

Read also: Public Unconvinced Air Travel is Safe during Coronavirus Pandemic

Arrivals from all other countries are legally obliged to self-isolate for 14 days, contributing to a collapse in inbound tourism since Ireland reported its first Covid-19 cases at the end of February.

Ryanair group CEO Michael O'Leary said last month that forward bookings in and out of Ireland were "terrible" as a result with a 50 percent year-on-year drop putting jobs at risk in its Irish operations.

(Writer: Padraic Halpin | Editor: Angus MacSwan)

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ryanair-ireland/ryanair-threatens-winter-base-closures-at-irelands-shannon-cork-rte-idUSKBN25Z2YS 

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