Europe’s largest discount airline said passenger numbers dropped to 27.5 million last year from 149 million in the year before. It blamed the poor figures on European governments that it claimed imposed uncoordinated flight bans, travel restrictions and national lockdowns with little notice during the outbreak.

Ryanair expects traffic to recover as governments begin to lift international travel restrictions, with forecasts for around 80 million to 120 million passengers during the current financial year. It expects to fly just 5 million to 6 million passengers between April and June.

“We expect intra-European air travel capacity to be materially lower for the foreseeable future,” the airline said. However, Ryanair said it was “encouraged by the recent release of multiple Covid-19 vaccines and hope that their rollout will facilitate the resumption of intra-Europe air travel and tourism this summer”.Europe’s largest discount airline said passenger numbers dropped to 27.5 million last year from 149 million in the year before. It blamed the poor figures on European governments that it claimed imposed uncoordinated flight bans, travel restrictions and national lockdowns with little notice during the outbreak.

Ryanair expects traffic to recover as governments begin to lift international travel restrictions, with forecasts for around 80 million to 120 million passengers during the current financial year. It expects to fly just 5 million to 6 million passengers between April and June.

“We expect intra-European air travel capacity to be materially lower for the foreseeable future,” the airline said. However, Ryanair said it was “encouraged by the recent release of multiple Covid-19 vaccines and hope that their rollout will facilitate the resumption of intra-Europe air travel and tourism this summer”.