Ryanair is suspending flights from regional airports, including Ireland West Airport, Cork and Shannon, from November 4 to December 13.
In a statement, Ryanair said it recently announced its reduced winter schedule which took its capacity down to 40% compared to last year. “As a result of continuous Government mismanagement and a complete collapse in travel demand, additional cuts regrettably had to be made across our Irish airports,” it said.
From November 4 to December 12, Ryanair will only operate from Dublin Airport in Ireland, but operations will resume on December ahead of the Christmas season.
The suspension of flights is due to a collapse in travel demand as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the current travel restrictions in place.
Passenger numbers at the airport have plummeted by over 90% with annual passenger numbers now forecasted to decline to less than 150,000 for the full year – the lowest in over 20 years.