March 3. The airline is known for its outspoken support for a swift post-pandemic recovery of the aviation industry, having previously called for quarantine-free travel from the UK to the European Union. In December, O’Leary advocated against mandatory testing at airports by restricting unvaccinated passengers on flights.
Not wanting to miss out on any controversy, airline CFO Neil Sorahan has also compared mask requirements to the regulation of liquids in carry-ons following 9/11, calling it a small price to pay for summer holidays.
It seems Ryanair’s attitude has been a significant asset in its recovery, ending 2021 with passenger numbers just 15% lower than pre-pandemic levels despite concerns over the Omicron variant. Things are almost business as usual for the carrier, launching a record number of flights out of London this summer.
Source: Simple Flying.