• 31 Mar 2020, 21:00
  • James

Ryanair has been operating flights with empty planes for several days. Why?

After suspension of almost all its flights Ryanair keeps using a big part of its fleet for operating short flights on a regular basis. Confused? We will explain.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic Ryanair suspended almost all scheduled flights. Having a fleet of 451 aircrafts, only a few now are used for remaining connections between Ireland and UK, with the situation expected to extend until June.

Despite the airplanes are not being used for commercial operations at the moment, many of them are not grounded. Simple Flying checked out 47 aircrafts of the Irish low-cost carrier and it turns out that only one hasn’t taken off recently. 35 of them have been flown short flights around the airports area, while 11 have been used for longer routes at least every four days.

Still confused? As Simple Flying explains, it’s about… saving money. If a plane is grounded and is not used for a long period of time a technical check is needed before it gets permission to take off again, which means extra, money, and unavailability in case of urgent need.  This was confirmed to the website by the Ryanair spokesperson.

“In order to ensure our aircraft are serviceable for both passenger repatriation flights and essential flights for the transportation of urgent medical supplies, some of our crew and aircraft must remain available and serviceable in line with Boeing requirements and EASA regulations.”


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