A new video released by budget airline Ryanair shows how the airline will be protecting its staff and customers from the coronavirus. The video demonstrates the new safety procedures that will be put in place to give people peace of mind when they fly with them. The budget airline captioned the video on Twitter: “In preparation for our return to flying, we’re bringing in new measures to help protect the health of our passengers and staff.”
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Today, the airline also announced that it will be restarting flights as early as July, despite Boris Johnson’s new 14-day quarantine rules.
Ryanair revealed in an announcement today that they plan to return to 40 percent of their normal flight schedules from July 1 2020.
It is understood that the plans will be subject to Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.
The video shows a woman going on a Ryanair flight and going through the new health and safety procedures before boarding, while boarding, during the flight and after the flight.
The video says: “In preparation for our return to flying from July, Ryanair has put in place some new measures to protect the health of our guests and our people and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Please check-in online, download your boarding pass and where possible, choose ‘priority’ and two cabin bags.
“Remember to check your temperature before travelling. It may also be checked at the airport and if you don’t pass this you will be asked to return home.
“Wear a face mask or covering at all times in the airport and onboard your flight. If you are checking in a bag, use our automated kiosk and deposit your bag at the bag-drop desk.
“Use fast-track where possible to limit your queueing time at security. Make sure to use hand sanitiser or hand wash as you pass through the airport and where possible try to maintain some distance from other passengers.
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“Please don’t queue at the boarding gate as priority passengers will be boarded first. And there should be no dwelling in the boarding stairwells or air bridges. Have your passport open and scan your own boarding pass to limit contact.
“Be assured that all Ryanair aircraft are professionally cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis which is effective for more than 24 hours.”
The airline’s new slogan reads at the end of the video, “keep Europe flying and healthy”.
The comprehensive new list of safety procedures include fewer checked bags, check-in online, downloading boarding passes to the passenger smart phone, as well as undergoing temperature checks at airport entry and wearing face masks/coverings at all times in the terminal and on board aircraft.
All Ryanair aircraft are also fitted with HEPA air filters which are similar to those used in critical hospital wards.
Cabin crew onboard Ryanair flights will be expected to wear face masks or coverings and a limited inflight service will be offered of pre-packaged snacks and drinks, using contactless only.
Queuing for toilets will also be prohibited on board although toilet access will be made available to individual passengers upon request.
Similar to the UK Government’s new rules, Ryanair is requiring all passengers flying in July and August to fill in details (at the point of check in) of how long their planned visit will be, and also their address while visiting another EU country.
The contact information given will then be provided to EU Governments to help them monitor any isolation regulations they require of visitors on intra-EU flights.
Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said that “it is time to get flying again” in order to reunite families and friends.
He said in a statement: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from July 1 onwards.
“Governments around Europe have implemented a four month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work, and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.
“Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short haul (1 hour) within Europe’s single market.
“Now that Europe’s States are allowing some gradual return to normal life, we expect this will evolve over the coming weeks and months.
“With more than six weeks to go to July 1, Ryanair believes this is the most practical date to resume normal flight schedules, so that we can allow friends and families to reunite, commuters to go back to work, and allow those tourism based economies such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and others, to recover what is left of this year’s tourism season.
“Seats on all these flights are now on sale at www.Ryanair.com from July 1, at prices which start from just €19.99 one way.
“We will continue to work closely with public health agencies to encourage our people and passengers to adopt practical and effective steps to limit the spread of Covid-19 virus, in the best interest of our passengers, our people and our communities.”
The Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday left the travel sector in shock with the new rules leaving many unsure about the future of airlines who have already been hit financially by the coronavirus.
The new rules set out by Mr Johnson suggest that all international arrivals coming into the UK from abroad will have to be put in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK.
The Government’s 50-page document which was published yesterday said that “the Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.”
“They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.
“The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.
“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.
“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.”
However, the Government has said that there are exemptions these rules such as those flying from France and Ireland.
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