Airlines such as Ryanair, Brussels Airlines and KLM are scrapping their offer. This concerns both flights within Europe and long-haul flights. Air France makes a loss of more than 10 million euros per day.
From today, the market leader Ryanair is cutting its European offer considerably. As a result, the British Isles are largely cut off from the continent. There will be little or no Ryanair flights to and from Ireland and the United Kingdom. This has everything to do with the stricter travel rules as a result of the British corona variant.
In January and February last year, Ryanair was still good for more than 10 million passengers. That is now falling dramatically. The airline expects to transport less than 1.25 million passengers in January. According to its own forecasts, this will drop further to 500,000 in February and March.
Ryanair has for months been very critical of corona rules that the European authorities impose on air passengers.
Brussels Airlines will cancel a total of 900 flights during the months of February and March. That equates to a decrease of 88 to 93 percent compared to a normal situation. Because approximately 150 flights will be canceled during the spring break, 4,000 customers have to change their travel plans.
There is a vicious circle. More and more passengers are canceling their flights themselves, making it no longer profitable for the airline to organize many flights to European destinations.
At KLM, 273 intercontinental flights per week and 20 percent of European flights will be canceled from tomorrow, according to the unions. They fear massive job losses at the Dutch airline after the partial flight ban announced by the Rutte government.
10 million euros loss per day
Anne Rigail, the top woman of Air France, says in an interview with La Tribune that the airline is increasingly flexible, making 60 to 70 percent of the costs variable. ‘But despite our best efforts, we are making more than 10 million euros in loss per day.