Ryanair to reduce flights to 40% this October

Ryanair planes grounded at Malaga Airport.
Ryanair planes grounded at Malaga Airport. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The biggest airline at Malaga Airport has put the new cuts down to restrictions imposed in Ireland and EU countries

The airline that moves the most passengers at Malaga Airport, Ryanair, has modified its flight schedule for October, reducing its capacity by an extra 20 per cent.

The flights previously planned for next month were already 20 per cent down on last year's capacity and the airline expects seats on sale to amount to around 40 per cent of last year's offer.

Whiel the airline has not explained how the cuts will affect each airport, it has said that the move is necessary due to "damage caused to forward bookings by continuous changes in EU government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are introduced at short notice".

The airline expects to fill more than 70% of its seats within the new reduced schedule. It said however, “If current trends and EU governments’ mismanagement of the return of air travel and normal economic activity continue, then similar capacity cuts may be required across the winter period,”

The airline resumed flights to the Costa del Sol on 1 July after cancelling its spring schedule due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Last year Ryanair flew nearly five million passengers to and from Malaga Airport.