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DUBLIN — Irish budget carrier Ryanair suspended 12 UK domestic and international routes due to the travel restrictions imposed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA)on Dec. 20.

Ryanair says the restrictions are inappropriate as the UK needs low fare connectivity more than ever before.

Yesterday, the UK Civil Aviation Authority issued an order about travel restrictions due to the new strain of COVID-19 virus.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: 

We are disappointed to have to cancel 12 UK domestic and international (Morocco and Ukraine) routes from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Derry, because of the CAA’s unexpected policy-shift late last night.

Ryanair UK had agreed on Brexit contingency arrangements with the CAA 2 years ago and cannot comply with its new and impractical requirements at 10 days’ notice. We call on the CAA’s David Kendrick and his management colleagues to respect this long-standing agreement and the CAA’s own established policy in order to facilitate the return of these routes as soon as possible.

We wish to ensure that UK consumers can continue to avail of Ryanair’s wide choice of destinations and Europe’s lowest fares after Brexit. Sadly, the CAA does not share our vision for the UK’s connectivity and would rather have airlines jump through new unnecessary hoops while consumers face less choice, less competition, and higher fares.”

The carrier is hoping to launch a last-minute "rescue flight" for hundreds of stranded Irish stuck in the UK amid Britain's travel bans which have been in place since midnight on Monday.

Ryanair is currently liaising with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to operate a service for "eligible Irish citizens" looking to get home ahead of the Christmas period.

If successful, the plane will leave London-Stansted at 5pm today, December 22, with FR520 arriving in Dublin just after 6pm.

The flight is being priced at €95 one way with tickets being sold on a first come first serve basis.

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