Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.43 16 Jun 2020


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A travel expert says airlines are pinning their hopes on lower fares to get people back on planes.

Eoghan Corry has told Pat Kenny this is the sector's go-to approach following major disruption.

"When we've had a big disruption to travel before - some people will remember 9/11, what that did for aviation for about a six month period, what SARS did for about a three month period.

"When we've had a big breakdown, price has been the lever that the airlines have pulled - and that's certainly what's been pulled at the moment.

"Ryanair are putting flights one way to Lanzarote for €56 in July: you would not get that in July.

"I don't know how effective it is, because there are so many moving parts to this.

"The really important ones, from an Irish point of view, is that Leo Varadkar said on Friday people should not book flights - and that the 14 day quarantine is not being removed for now".

But he added: "I would expect that to be up for review again before July 1st, but there are certainly a lot of things to overcome before the consumer decides it's time to start flying in numbers again".

The Government is still advising against any non-essential travel abroad, which Eoghan says would affect any travel insurance.

"Most clauses say if you travel against Government advice, from either the country you're travelling from or the country you're travelling to, your insurance is void.

"It's not that big a deal for European flights, because your European Health Insurance Card would cover health issues throughout Europe - the EU countries and a few more."

"If you're ignoring Government advice to travel - and that would also include the other major thing for travel insurance, having to cancel for some emergency, a bereavement - things like that - lost baggage.

"All of that is pretty much off the picture under the clauses in the travel insurance".

"The DFA advisory, there's no sign of that moving either, but what we are getting hints of from our politicians is that they will start removing that for particularly selected countries under an air corridor system".

Most EU countries have now re-opened their borders amid an easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

But it wasn't all plain sailing.

Eoghan said: "It was a little bit untidy in places, a little bit of mixed messaging - Spain, for example, decided to open the border with Portugal without telling Portugal.

"But what we'll see over the next two weeks is more clarification around those countries that have still not opened.

"And by July 1st - the date that Ryanair are putting 40% of their fleet in the sky, saying they're going to try and work all those routes that they used to have before coronavirus - by then, nearly all the borders will be down".

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Main image: Inside an airplane with a view out the window at sunset. Picture by: Teresa AréValo/Zuma Press/PA Images

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