Ryanair Predicts Summer Passenger Rise but no Vaccine Passport

Ryanair Chief says the airline hopes to fly up to 70% of 2019 passenger number thanks to vaccine rollout

Ryanair hopes to fly up to 70% of its 2019 passenger numbers this summer, thanks to the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “We would be hopeful that we could fly maybe 60pc , 70pc of our normal traffic volumes during the peak summer months… June, July, August and September. That’s about a s optimistic as it’s going to get.”

Mr O’Leary also called for swifter action to reassure holidaymakers on the restart of travel: “We don’t need a taskforce, we just need action. “The real challenge is timing here. We need to give them the clarity to book their summer holidays.”

Mr O’Leary has also called on the UK government to scrap Air Passenger Duty saying removal of the tax on passengers would be the single most effective measure to stimulate the market.