Ryanair is extending the waiving of its flight change fees as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry.
The budget carrier is now letting passengers change their booking for free for flights until November 2020.
The airline has already been offering the policy throughout the pandemic, but it’s now extending it to include travel in both October and November.
It means that if you’re unable to travel, you can rebook onto flights for a later date. The airline has been generous with its window of dates too, as you can change for travel until the 21st March 2021.
However, you’ll need to make the change at least seven days before the departure date of your original booking.
You can find out more on the Ryanair website here.
It’s worth noting that the policy is for existing bookings made from the 10th June for travel in October and November, as well as any new bookings made for travel in these two months.
Airlines around the world have been forced to cancel flights throughout the pandemic due to changes in travel restrictions.
Ryanair recently announced that it expects its October capacity to fall to approximately 40% of last year’s levels.
The carrier said that this was due to a fall in ‘forward bookings’, blaming the changing travel advice on deterring holidaymakers from planning trips.
As a result, it revealed that it would have to cut its capacity by 20% for October, amidst the ongoing uncertainty.
Ryanair’s Director of Marketing & Digital, Dara Brady said: ” In order to provide as much flexibility and confidence as possible for our customers this autumn, we have extended the waiving of our flight change fee to October and November bookings.
“Customers can now plan a well-deserved break knowing that if their plans change they can move their flights to any new date up to March 21 2021 without additional fees.”
When the FCDO changes its advice to ‘all but essential’ to a destination, you are still entitled to a full refund if an airline cancels the flight as a result.
However, during the pandemic, a change in advice hasn’t necessarily always meant airlines have cancelled their flights.
- This article has been updated to include extra details on which bookings the offer is valid for.