RYANAIR staff in Cork and Shannon have been warned by the airline that it plans to close both bases during winter unless the Government changes its travel quarantine rules for passengers.
It is understood that the Cork and Shannon staff were informed today of the proposed move in a letter circulated by Ryanair Chief Executive Eddie Wilson.
Mr Wilson blamed the decision on what he described as the Government’s mismanagement of the Green List for travel.
This comes after the budget airline launched a huge 50 per cent off sale on over 750,000 seats earlier today.
The planned shut down of the two bases would impact 130 staff directly employed by the airline at the two airports, along with 35 pilots and 95 cabin crew.
Staff employed by other companies contracted to Ryanair would also be affected.
In his letter to staff, Mr Wilson said the government’s green list was forcing passengers from countries with lower Covid-19 rates than here to quarantine for a fortnight upon entry to Ireland.
Mr Wilson said the decision could be reversed before the winter if the green list is updated and travel restrictions are altered.
However, he also stated if changes are not made to the current system the reopening of both bases next March will be in question.
A spokesperson for the airline told the Irish Sun: “Ryanair does not comment on negotiations with its people.”
GREEN LIST UPDATE DUE
Yesterday Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the Green List will not be updated until the publication of the medium-term roadmap on dealing with Covid-19 later this month.
The countries currently on the list, which was published in July, are Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Slovakia and people returning from these countries are exempt from having to restrict their movements for a 14-day period.
The list was due to be reviewed on a fortnightly basis but yet to be updated since August 4, when the Government removed five destinations – Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, San Marino and Monaco.
The National Public Health Emergency Team advice remains against all non-essential foreign travel, regardless of whether a country is on the Green List or not.
Ryanair is offering flights on some of its 240 destinations across the globe for September and October at cut-rate prices as the airline aims to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Spokesperson Alejandra Ruiz said: “We have launched another sale that is hard to refuse, offering 50% off over 750,000 seats across our entire network for travel during the months of Sept & Oct.
“Customers can book this unmissable half price deal to top holiday and city break destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
“To avail of these special fares customers must be quick and visit the Ryanair.com website to book their flights before midnight, Wednesday 9th September.”