Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary described as “lamentable” the government’s support for his industry during the pandemic, as aviation leaders called for fresh help warning of a long recovery ahead. The Ryanair chief executive said that fares would be cut this summer to boost demand, hoping for up to 70% of normal passenger numbers from July. He said that vaccines would enable travel but hit out at “bonkers” regulations on border controls. He described hotel quarantine as “completely unpoliceable”, saying the airline had seen no medical evidence to support it. […] O’Leary said the impact of the pandemic had been devastating for the industry, with Ryanair seeing “a swing in the order of €2bn” in profit and loss in a year, and not expecting to break even before 2022.
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