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Ryanair against British lockdown: "It will be a failure"

The words of the CEO of the carrier O'Leary

Lockdown is one of the options that governments around the world have evaluated and could evaluate due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last few hours, United Kingdom announced a month of restrictions and closures for all citizens, a measure that didn't convince Micheal O'Leary, CEO of the low-cost airline Ryanair (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). The CEO of the Irish airline recently released some statements to the broadcaster "Cnbc", underlining how the British lockdown is destined to be a failure. According to O'Leary, even the World Health Organization (WHO) would consider these closures as the last of the options to be practiced in the event of a health emergency.

The manager is convinced that the second lockdown imposed by London could have been avoided with more tracking and an "aggressive" number of tests on citizens. At this point, one cannot but foresee a modest demand for air connections over the next few years; for O'Leary, the focus will be mainly on essential flights, starting from the upcoming winter season (see AVIONEWS). Meanwhile, the net loss reported by Ryanair in the first half of 2020 was close to 200 million euros compared to the same period twelve months ago.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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