Ryanair has added three London Stansted routes to its current limited flight schedule.

    These routes will recommence from 15 May, with three times weekly services to Bucharest and Sofia, and a daily service to Porto from 22 May.

    With more than 99 per cent of Ryanair’s aircraft grounded for the coming weeks due to the global travel restrictions imposed because of the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the company said it will comply with government guidelines. 

    The low-cost airline has also said that it is working with EU Governments “to try to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, even though the passenger loads on these flights is very low”. The limited schedule has been extended to 28 May.

    Ryanair senior communications manager Alejandra Ruiz said: “Ryanair is operating these flights daily or weekly on the following routes:

    “We are pleased to add these routes connecting London Stansted with Bucharest & Sofia (3 pw) and Porto (daily) as we work with EU Governments to try to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, even though the passenger loads on these flights is very low.

    “Our current limited schedule continues to maintain vital links across Europe to facilitate our passengers and their families to deal with emergencies that may require urgent travel over the coming days and weeks.

    “All the aircraft are disinfected daily and we ask all passengers to cooperate fully with our crews who are doing their best in difficult times. At this time, we expect scheduled flights to return sometime in July.

    “We support the action taken by EU Governments to combat the virus, and we now hope there is a coordinated plan to lift travel restrictions when Europe is ready to return flying once Covid-19 is defeated, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.

    “Until then let’s all take care of ourselves, each other, our families and our communities.”

    Last week, Ryanair warned that flights could also be minimal in May and June due to ongoing government travel restrictions.

    Visit ryanair.com for more information.