Travelling to Ireland: airlines press government to reopen borders at the end of June

Tourism in Ireland needs to be revived as soon as possible according to Aer Lingus and Ryanair

An Aer Lingus aircraft - Dustin Hackert - cc
An Aer Lingus aircraft - Dustin Hackert - cc
Date 04 June 2020

While Spain and other European countries are doing everything to save the tourist season, the issue of travelling to Ireland in July and August remains a central concern for everyone. This is a very difficult situation for travellers, but also for the major players in the tourism industry, such as Irish airlines like Aer Lingus and Ryanair, the majority of whose aircraft fleets remain tirelessly grounded.

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Airlines are on their toes in this period of inactivity due to the coronavirus. They say they have been working on new protocols, hoping to totally reinvent the way of flying in order to preserve the safety of users. This would involve, among other things, mandatory measures such as :

  • the wearing of masks at the airport and on board,
  • systematic electronic recording to avoid contact,
  • the filling of the aircraft ordered in rows of 4,
  • the removal of options such as priority boarding,
  • the obligation to ask to go to the toilet before going,
  • the evacuation of the aircraft ordered in rows,
  • and so on.

Faced with such measures, Aer Lingus Managing Director Sean Doyle urged the government to take immediate steps to boost tourism in Ireland.

We are prepared to ensure that our customers travel with the strictest respect for barrier gestures,” he said.

An urgent statement, which also calls on the government to lift the 14-day quarantine imposed on people arriving in the country. A measure which, according to him, would constitute a real “brake” on the desire to travel and visit the country.

For the time being, the Irish government had unveiled its deconfinement plan. A plan in 5 phases, the last one should end on August 10, 2020.

But this plan has never made any clear mention about its reopening to tourists from Europe, except for the respect of a 14-day quarantine.

Faced with this vagueness, both Ryanair and Aer Lingus are urging the government to decide on a more official date regarding the possibility of returning to Ireland. A need for clarification shared by many travellers, whose summer holidays scheduled there are still uncertain…

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