Ryanair today confirmed plans to serve summer holiday destinations across southern Europe by resuming 40% of its normal schedule from July.

The budget carrier welcomed moves by Spain to lift travel and visitor restrictions from July 1, mirroring earlier plans announced by Italy, Cyprus, Greece, and Portugal to reopen their hotels and beaches for the summer peak.

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Ryanair will offer daily flights from countries across northern Europe including Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Holland and Germany to key holiday airports in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

A seat sale with fares starting at €29.99 one-way for travel in July and August is being offered until midnight on Thursday.

Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “After four months of lockdown, we welcome these moves by governments in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus to open their borders, remove travel restrictions and scrap ineffective quarantines.

“Irish and British families, who have been subject to lockdown for the last 10 weeks, can now look forward to booking their much needed family holiday to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and other Mediterranean destinations, for July and August before the schools return in September.

“Ryanair will be offering up to 1,000 daily flights from July 1.”

All flights will operate with new health guidelines in place, requiring passengers and crew to wear face masks at all times in airports and on board aircraft.

“We look forward to welcoming millions of Ryanair passengers and their families back on board, and flying them on holiday as Europe’s economies begin to recover from these difficult recent lockdowns, which have been so successful in reversing the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” Wilson added.

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