Travel Questions

Why has Ryanair started cancelling flights to Dublin?

Simon Calder answers your questions on flying to Ireland, self-contained accommodation, international arrivals during Covid and trips to Africa

Friday 09 April 2021 21:30
<p>Europe’s biggest budget airline was making a substantial loss with each departure</p>

Europe’s biggest budget airline was making a substantial loss with each departure

Q Ryanair appears to have begun a mass cancellation of flights from Luton and Gatwick to Dublin until 16 May. There’s been no public announcement on this to date. Worth investigating?


A Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Ryanair has been fulfilling an unusual role: running what is effectively a subsidised public transport operation connecting Ireland with a range of UK airports, as well as a skeleton network into Europe. What's in it for the airline? Ryanair gets to keep at least some of its planes, pilots and cabin crew flying meaningfully, and I hope earns some goodwill.

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