Ryanair announced that it would cut its October capacity by a further 20% (in addition to the 20% cut already announced in mid-August).
Ryanair now expects its October capacity to fall from 50% to approx. 40% of its October 2019 levels, but expects to maintain a 70%+ load factor at this reduced schedule.
The airline confirmed that these capacity reductions were necessary due to damage caused to forward bookings by continuous changes in EU Government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are introduced at short notice.
In some countries (most notably Ireland), where the Govt have maintained excessive and defective travel restrictions since 1 July, Covid-19 rates have risen in recent weeks to 50 per 100,000 pop. – more than double those of Germany and Italy – where intra-EU air travel was freely permitted since 1 July.