DUBLIN, Ireland: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has called upon Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to set a date for the resumption of international air travel in Ireland.
O'Leary added that Ryanair is moving planes from Ireland to the UK because of continuing restrictions.
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, O'Leary said the Irish people are now "ignoring the Government" and booking flights to Spain and Portugal for departure in the middle of June.
He further called upon the government to act and not to "keep deferring" tourism decisions to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Noting that Ryanair was moving planes out of Ireland, he added, "I don't need Ireland. We can move to the UK."
Regarding the mandatory hotel quarantines imposed on air passengers entering the country, O'Leary called them "completely useless" since Covid variants had still entered the country. He also called Ryan "one of the worst Ministers for Transport ever".
O'Leary said people from the UK should be allowed to fly into Ireland, since 80 percent have been vaccinated and they are already crossing over the land border.
Also, EU arrivals should be allowed into Ireland on July 1st, O'Leary added, noting that 80 percent of EU residents will be vaccinated by then.
O'Leary predicted that if visitors from Europe were not allowed into Ireland by the end of June, the Irish tourism industry would be brought to its knees.