Ryanair unveils slew of flights for £ 19.99 to help revive Covid
The boss of the no-frills airline Ryanair has called for the removal of costly PCR tests and the suspension of a flight tax in a bid to boost overseas travel.
Michael O’Leary, managing director of the low-cost carrier, said Ryanair was determined to lead the recovery of the travel and tourism industry after the pandemic.
He claimed that Air Passenger Duty (APD) was holding back the recovery and giving European rivals an unfair advantage.
Mr O’Leary added: “As vaccinations increase and consumer confidence returns, Ryanair is once again calling on the UK government to end PCR testing for fully vaccinated arrivals and also to suspend APD (passenger service airlines), to enable airlines and airports to quickly recover connectivity, employment and tourism in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic.
“APD makes UK airports uncompetitive with lower cost European airports, which is why Ryanair has added capacity at other European airports in recent months, such as Zagreb, Stockholm, Billund and Riga.
“The lack of government support for the resumption of aviation and tourism creates further obstacles to traffic and growth.”
Ryanair has also announced 14 new winter routes from London airports, with fares available starting from just £ 19.99 for travel through the end of November.
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