Ryanair cancels more flights in January as Covid continues to impact travel

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The budget airline had already cancelled one third of its January flights due to restrictions. Many airlines have been forced to ditch flights after staff absences due to Covid and a lack of consumer confidence.

Ryanair will cancel flights on 28 of its 59 Danish routes in January according to Danish aviation website, Check In.

Routes affected include flights departing from major UK hubs such as Liverpool and London Stansted.

Flights to the popular Danish holiday destinations of Copenhagen and Aalborg will be cancelled.

The cancellations will last for three weeks from January 10 according to The Local Denmark.

The director of Aalborg airport, Niels Hemmingsen, told local media that a decline in ticket sales was responsible for the cancellations.

He said: “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.”

The director added that he hoped the cancellations would only last for the planned three weeks in January.

Ryanair has already cancelled all its flights to Morocco until February after the country banned British tourists.

At the time, Ryanair’s director of commercial, Jason McGuiness, said: “We deeply regret this disruption to our passengers from these cancelled Morocco flights until February 1, 2022, due to a lack of clarity from the Moroccan authorities on what to expect beyond their initial travel ban ruling to December 13.

“Ryanair regrets the unnecessary disruption caused and apologises to all our customers for this outcome, which is entirely beyond our control.”

Currently, Morocco has suspended all flights until at least January 31 due to coronavirus fears.

Many major airlines have cancelled flights in early 2022 due to uncertainty over Covid restrictions.

British Airways has cancelled more than 2,000 flights from its schedule until March while the USA has seen many flights ditched.

Staff forced to isolate due to coronavirus is one of the reasons given for the many cancellations.

The USA has now halved the isolation period to just five days to try to prevent disruption to essential services.

The UK Government has also faced calls to reduce the isolation period but has not done so yet.

Currently, Britons need to take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK from an international holiday.

They also need to take a PCR test on or before day two after arrival in the UK and self-isolate until they receive the result.

British tourists are advised to check the UK Government website before travelling as restrictions can change rapidly.

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