Huge boost for Ryanair passengers as face masks scrapped on flights from next week

RYANAIR is the latest airline to scrap face masks on their flights.

The low-cost airline confirmed that from May 16, passengers won't have to wear them on their flights.

However, this doesn't include all flights as passengers have to follow the rules of the destination country when travelling.

Ryanair has explained that there are a number of countries that still require passengers to wear their face masks.

This is because a number of destinations still require them on all public transport.

Sadly, this includes popular hotspots including Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

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The full list is:

  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: "We welcome this rule relaxation from EASA and the ECDC effective from Monday, 16th May next.

"From that date, face masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights except those flights to/from the 15 EU States where masks remain mandatory on public transport."

He added: "We expect these States to relax their face mask rules over the coming days in line with these new health guidelines from EASA and the ECDC."

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The change in face mask rules follows the announcement made by The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) who yesterday issued an update on health safety measures for air travel.

This included dropping the recommendation for mandatory wearing of masks in airports and on flights.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: "From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport.

"For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel.

"Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them."

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Ryanair is one of the last countries to scrap face masks on their flights.

Jet2 was the first to scrap face masks, followed by TUI, easyJet and British Airways, depending on the flight route.

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