The Irish carrier Ryanair has announced that even more flights from the United Kingdom have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.
The ultra-low-cost carrier had already cut off a third (33 per cent) of its January flights due to staff shortages, the imposed international travel restrictions, and a decreased confidence of passengers to travel.
According to The Local Denmark, Ryanair will put a hold on more than half of its Danish route -28 out of 59 its routes starting on January 10, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Flights from Aalborg, Denmark to London Stansted, Kaunas, and Stockholm are also cancelled, in addition to flights from Aarhus to Gdansk, Milan Malpensa, Riga, and Warsaw Modlin.
Furthermore, the director of Aalborg airport, Niels Hemmingsen, finds ticket sales responsible for the cancellations.
“I’m sure people want to travel, but they must have the security they need. And with the uncertainty that prevails right now, not just nationally but also internationally, it is natural that it will affect demand,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Ryanair is cancelling flights as last month the company discontinued its services to Morocco until February after the latter banned UK nationals due to the spread of the Omicron variant. In addition, 3,000 travellers had lost their flights due to the inconvenience.
However, Jason McGuiness, Ryanair’s director of commercial, noted that flights to Morocco would be cancelled until February 1, due to a lack of clarity from the Moroccan authorities.
“Ryanair regrets the unnecessary disruption caused and apologises to all our customers for this outcome, which is entirely beyond our control,” McGuiness apologised.
Furthermore, its competitor, Wizz Air and other airlines, in general, have cancelled flights and removed routes from their schedule. Last month, Wizz Air discontinued its service to 84 routes, with the majority of them being flights to Italy- a solid source market for the airline.
In addition, Vienna Airport has been severely affected after seeing 12 routes removed – Cologne, Dortmund, Oslo, Skavsta, Tallinn, Eindhoven, Alghero, Charleroi, Faro, Madrid, Menorca, and Warsaw.
Both budget airlines, Wizz Air and Ryanair, are heavily impacted, as many of their routes had just started operating. For example, 12 Wizz Air’s Vienna routes were in open competition with Ryanair last year, including Skavsta, a route of more than 100 kilometres from Vienna to Stockholm.
While Wizz Air discontinued this route, Ryanair added Arlanda airport, and the Vienna route merged with the latter. However, since Ryanair added Stockholm Arlanda, it no longer reaches Skavsta, and its Vienna route shifted to Arlanda airport, taking this route from their competitor.