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Coronavirus: New UK travel quarantine rules a stunt, says Ryanair boss

Coronavirus: New UK travel quarantine rules a stunt, says Ryanair boss

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New rules requiring all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days have come into effect.Those arriving by plane, ferry or train - including UK nationals - must give an address where they will self-isolate. Rule breakers will be fined.Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the laws were designed "to prevent a second wave" of coronavirus.But the boss of Ryanair has said the rules are a "political stunt" and are not a quarantine.Michael O'Leary told the BBC: "You could be in Sainsbury's, you could be on the beach, you could be on the golf course in the unlikely event the Home Office calls you - all they will have is a mobile number."He claimed even the Home Office acknowledged the rules were unenforceable. Some industries have warned they will be s...
BA owner considers legal action against government quarantine plan – and Ryanair vows support

BA owner considers legal action against government quarantine plan – and Ryanair vows support

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The chief executive of British Airways owner IAG says the company is considering legal action against the government's quarantine plans - and one of BA's biggest rivals says it would support him.Willie Walsh was speaking days after the government announced a 14-day quarantine for arriving air passengers starting later this month, another obstacle for an aviation sector battered by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The IAG chief executive told Sky's Ian King Live programme that he is considering a legal challenge against the quarantine and is reviewing the situation with lawyers. Image: Willie Walsh is chief executive of International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways He said that the new rules would "torpedo" the airli...
Ryanair describes 14-day flight quarantine plan as ‘nonsense’

Ryanair describes 14-day flight quarantine plan as ‘nonsense’

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The boss of Ryanair says it's "nonsense" that the UK government plans to introduce 14-day quarantines for international flight passengers.Michael O'Leary told Sky News he believed ministers were "making stuff up as they go along" - saying such a precaution was unworkable and unenforceable. He said on Ian King Live that face masks were the "most effective" public health measure, as the no-frills carrier maintained its plans to resume 40% of its flight schedule from July. ...
Ryanair says refunds to take up to six months as it axes jobs

Ryanair says refunds to take up to six months as it axes jobs

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Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said it will take up to six months to refund passengers for flights cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.He told the BBC the airline was struggling to process a backlog of 25 million refunds with reduced staff.However, he pledged: "If you want a cash refund, you will receive a cash refund."Ryanair is set to cut 3,000 jobs - 15% of its workforce - as it restructures to cope with the coronavirus crisis.It said the 3,000 posts under threat were mainly pilot and cabin crew jobs.There are likely to be pay cuts of up to 20% for remaining staff, the airline added.Mr O'Leary told the BBC that the planned cuts were "the minimum that we need just to survive the next 12 months". He said that if a va...

Ryanair rapped over low emissions claims

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Claims made by Ryanair about its carbon emissions have been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog.Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers had billed itself as the region's "lowest emissions airline" and a "low C02 emissions airline".But the Advertising Standards Authority ruled Ryanair's claims in press, TV and radio adverts could not be backed up.Ryanair hit back in a statement saying consumers could halve their carbon footprint if they switched to it.In adverts last year, the Dublin-based operator claimed to have "the lowest carbon emissions of any major airline" and to be a "low fares, low CO2 emissions" carrier "based on the top 27 European airlines".Complainants to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the adverts were misleadin...