A proportion of Ryanair’s summer 2020 schedule has gone on sale more than 12 months in advance.

The early release covers 14 of the no-frills carrier’s most popular holiday routes.

Flights are available to destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain from airports such as Edinburgh, East Midlands, Stansted, Luton and Manchester.

The remainder of the summer 2020 schedule will become available from early autumn. 

The early availability inlcudes Alicante, Malaga and Palma in Spain; Milan, Ve ice and Pisa in Italy; Marseille, Nice and Toulous in France; Faro, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece.

 A spokeswoman said:“We are very excited to launch the best of our summer 2020 schedule with Europe’s most popular routes on sale earlier than ever.

“Routes to France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are on sale now from the Ryanair.com website, and European customers and visitors can book the lowest fares on their favourite routes more than 12 months in advance.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair condemned the Dutch government’s proposed national aviation tax, due to be introduced in 2021.

The tax will reward environmentally damaging, connecting flights – because it exempts transfer passengers at Amsterdam Schiphol  airport – while imposing the levy on more environmentally efficient direct flights taken by Dutch consumers and visitors travelling to and from the country, the airline claimed. 

Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “This Dutch aviation tax has nothing to do with the environment, it’s just another state subsidy to KLM.

“If the Dutch government are serious about the environment then it should apply environmental taxes to the biggest polluter which is those passengers taking two connecting flights at Schiphol on older aircraft, and instead levy lower taxes on environmentally efficient airlines carrying passengers on direct flights on newer aircraft to/from the Netherlands.”

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