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Michael O’Leary calls for an immediate reopening of UK travel

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has called on the government to immediately reopen travel with the UK.

Dismissing what he described as “scare stories promulgated by the National Public Health Emergency Team” in terms of the Indian variant, Mr O’Leary accused the government of doing untold damage to the aviation industry.

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As a result of the damage caused to the sector, O’Leary has called for the government to introduce an emergency rescue plan for Irish aviation and tourism.

Mr O’Leary also stated that Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has no plan, policy or commitment to aviation while adding that “our Transport Minister has sat on an aviation recovery plan since July 2020, but has taken no action at all.”

The airliner has joined calls to reopen the Republic’s common travel area with the UK from next Tuesday after stating that the restrictions cannot be maintained as people can drive over the border.

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