Ryanair will eliminate mandatory masks on European Union flights

Ryanair will eliminate mandatory masks on European Union flights

As of Monday, May 16, masks are no longer mandatory in accordance with the new AESA guidelines, with the exception of 15 countries, including Spain.

Ryanair, the first airline in Spain, has announced the end of the mandatory use of masks on European flights as of Monday, May 16, after updating the AESA and CEPCE travel guidelines. Thus, the masks will be voluntary with the sole exception of flights to/from destinations where EU governments continue to require the mandatory use of masks on public transport.

Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair, has commented that ‘we are pleased with this relaxation of the regulations by the AESA and the ECDC, which will come into force next Monday, May 16. From that date, masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights, except on flights to or from the 15 EU countries where the mask remains mandatory on public transport.

Wilson stressed that ‘we expect these countries to relax their rules on masks in the coming days in accordance with these new health guidelines from the EFSA and the ECDC. Passengers flying can check the latest EU regulations on face masks on the Re-Open EU ‘ website.

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