Ryanair will reduce its flight capacity by 20 per cent during September and October after new quarantine restrictions led to a weakness in forward bookings over the last 10 days.

Europe's biggest budget airline had increased flights to 60 percent of its normal schedule this month after resuming services in July.

But today, they announced a series of cuts that will be heavily focused on France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden and mostly involve frequency reductions rather than route closures.

A Ryanair spokesman said in a statement: "Over the past two weeks as a number of EU countries have raised travel restrictions, forward bookings especially for business travel into September and October have been negatively affected."

The airline has said that impacted passengers will be advised of their options.

Malta, France and the Netherlands were added to the UK quarantine list last Friday. after coronavirus cases in the countries climbed in recent weeks.

From 4am on August 15, Brits have had to quarantine when arriving back from France, Malta and the Netherlands.

All travellers will now face a two-week quarantine when returning to the UK, giving holidaymakers less than a day to get back if they want to avoid going into quarantine.

Families with children now risk missing the first week of school as 14-day self-isolation measures are re-imposed.

Last week, Ryanair was threatened with a ban from Italy for repeated
Covid-19 violations.

Officials at the Italian Civil Aviation Authority have sent a stinging letter to Ryanair bosses accusing them of being ''lax'' with their handling of the pandemic.

They reported repeated flouting of masks not being worn by passengers
and crew, overcrowding at gates, check in desks and on buses taking
passengers to planes.

It warned the airline that unless it tightened up it would be forced
to suspend it from landing in the country – jeopardising thousands of
Brit holidaymakers who have booked flights to Italy.

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