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return of business travel. If it isn’t managed, it will affect the recovery of business travel.” He hit out at the Irish


government, saying “Ireland stands out among EU states for not allowing intra-EU travel”, and promised a legal challenge. He also vowed to challenge “illegal state aid” to airlines in the European courts. O’Leary said: “We’re


challenged by particular spikes in Covid-19 and by government restrictions.” But he insisted: “We’ve seen


the collapse of airlines in Europe and there will be more. Ryanair will be one of the few to grow. “Traffic will return through


very low pricing and that will mean further failures. There will be significant opportunities for us to grow.” O’Leary acknowledged: “It


depends how Covid develops. In the short term, it’s sensible to be more pessimistic than optimistic. Our biggest fear is a second wave of Covid across Europe and government restrictions. “We have no idea what will


happen this winter. The next six to 12 months could be grim. “At best, we’ll see a return


to pre-Covid volumes by summer 2021, but that will be at a lot lower airfares. The volume recovery will be strong but pricing weak. Covid will continue to be challenging.” However, he said: “What the


last three months demonstrates is we can cope with these challenges. Covid will pass. We’ll be one of the survivors and will rebound strongly. The recovery will be rapid and dramatic. How long pricing takes to recover is anyone’s guess.”


Tui calls for Europe-wide travel rules coordination


Ian Taylor


Tui led calls by Europe’s leading airlines for better coordination of border rules and travel restrictions, warning that governments are following their own rules and the resulting confusion is impeding bookings. Attempts to coordinate a recovery


in travel around Europe have largely fallen on deaf ears, say airline bosses. The EU recommended a


relaxation of internal border restrictions by member states from June 15 and opening of external borders to travel from a list of non- EU countries from July 1. However, several EU states, as well as the UK, retain quarantine or other restrictions. Tui aviation chief executive


Kenton Jarvis said: “We welcome the efforts of the EC to attempt to coordinate this, but we’re having very little success. Member states follow their own guidelines. It’s a patchwork


Ryanair bucks consensus on air safety measures


Europe’s airlines have agreed to promote harmonised air safety measures, but some including Ryanair continue to act separately. The EU Aviation Safety Agency


(EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued Covid-19 safety guidance on May 20 and associations including Airlines for Europe (A4E)


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Kenton Jarvis


across Europe [and] customers lack confidence and clarity about where and when they can fly.” Speaking on behalf of the Airlines


for Europe group, Jarvis said: “At the start of the pandemic, we saw EU states close borders in a completely uncoordinated way. Now there is a need for coordination. “The EU has issued a list of


countries it is safe to fly to, but this isn’t being followed. As for opening borders, every country follows a


The lack of clarity


is impeding bookings. We’re asking for better coordination between states


different process. There is no standard. “The lack of clarity is impeding


bookings. We’re asking for better coordination between states, for timely information on changes and a digital solution [for gathering passenger health information].” European airports association


ACI Europe president Jost Lammers said: “We can’t go on having states applying different requirements for the same destinations. This is not helping consumer confidence.” Lammers called for “urgent relief”


for airports, warning many are in a “dire financial” state as the recovery proves “slow and disappointing”.


and Iata signed an agreement last week to promote these. However, not all are strictly


following the EASA guidelines, which call on airlines to restrict cabin baggage “to expedite boarding” and minimise cabin service. Ryanair has urged passengers to minimise check-in luggage in favour of cabin bags. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief


executive, dismissed the EASA guidance on Monday, saying: “Advising passengers to check in bags is less safe.” When the UK Department for Transport incorporated the


same policy into its guidance in June, Ryanair dismissed it as “nonsensical”. A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said a harmonised approach “continues to prove challenging”.


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