Ryanair issues stern warning to all who book vacations and flights next year
Ryanair has issued a stern warning to anyone considering booking a vacation with the airline next year.
The boss of the low-cost airline, Michael O’Leary, has said that an increase in bookings for 2022 could cause prices to skyrocket as travelers seek to travel abroad without restrictions.
He explained that the huge demand for vacations in destinations such as Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal would coincide with fewer flights, leading to higher prices for seats and hotels.
Indeed, there will be a shortage of millions of seats on flights due to the collapse of Thomas Cook, Flybe and Norwegian Air.
After more than a year of stays, it is expected that an increase in the number of people will want to book their first vacation abroad since the start of the pandemic.
In an interview with Sunday TimesMr. O’Leary said: “I think there will be a dramatic upturn in holiday tourism in Europe next year.
“And the reason I think the prices will be considerably higher is that there is less capacity.
“Exit Thomas Cook (six million seats), Flybe (eight million seats), Norwegian (nearly 24 million seats) – Alitalia is reducing its fleet by 40%.
“There will be around 20% less short-haul capacity in Europe in 2022 with a dramatic recovery in demand. “
The global travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic after flights were blocked due to ongoing international travel restrictions.
Ryanair announced in July 2020 that it would hire 2,000 more pilots as confidence in overseas travel slowly begins to return.
The company also recently announced that it is launching 11 new UK flight routes for winter 2021, including popular destinations in France, Italy and Spain.
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