Ryanair to Reduce and Cancel Routes Because of 737 MAX Delivery Delays
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Europe’s biggest airline, Ryanair, has warned it will be forced to both reduce frequencies on some routes, as well as well as cancel others altogether in summer 2020 as it waits for the ongoing recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
The Irish-based airline has a whopping 135 MAX aircraft on order, which it is already calling ‘737-8200’ to avoid using the tarnished ‘MAX’ name. The carrier was due to receive its first MAX aircraft in the first half of 2019, but the highly publicised worldwide grounding of the aircraft has halted delivery.
Ryanair does not expect the ban to be lifted until late this year at the earliest, and as the airline can only receive between six and eight MAX aircraft per month once the model is cleared to fly, it expects it will have to make significant changes to its busy summer 2020 schedule as a result. The airline expects to only have a maximum of 30 MAX aircraft in its fleet by the end of May 2020, which is only around half of the deliveries it had originally expected before the grounding commenced.
Forecast Ryanair passenger numbers for the 12 months to March 2021 have been reduced from 162 million to 157 million passengers. No routes or destinations have yet been named as being under threat because of the MAX delays. Ryanair operates from more than a dozen bases in the UK to well over 100 destinations in total, nonstop. London Stansted (STN) is the airline’s largest base globally.
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