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Huge boost for Ryanair passengers as face masks will be scrapped on thousands of EU flights from next week

RYANAIR is the latest airline to scrap face masks on a number of its flights across Europe.

The low-cost airline confirmed that passengers will no longer have to carry them on their flights from May 16.

Face masks at Ryanair are to be abolished from next week

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Face masks at Ryanair are to be abolished from next weekPhoto credit: Reuters

However, this does not include all flights, as passengers must follow the rules of the destination country when traveling.

Ryanair has stated that there are a number of countries where passengers are still required to wear their face masks.

Some destinations still require them on all public transport.

Unfortunately, this includes popular hotspots like Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

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The full list is:

  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “We welcome this relaxation of rules by EASA and ECDC, which will come into force from Monday 16 Aprilth May next.

“From this date, face masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights, except for flights to/from the 15 EU countries, where masks will remain mandatory on public transport.”

He added: “We expect these states to relax their face mask rules in line with these new health guidelines from EASA and ECDC in the coming days.”

The change in face mask rules follows the announcement by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which issued an update on health protection measures for air travel yesterday.

This also included dropping the recommendation to wear masks at airports and on flights.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “From next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases when traveling by air, largely in line with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport.

“For passengers and flight crew, this is a major step forward in normalizing air travel.

“However, passengers should behave responsibly and respect the decisions of others around them.”

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Ryanair is one of the last countries to scrap face masks on its flights.

Jet2 was the first to scrap face masks, followed by TUI, easyJet and British Airways depending on the flight route.

Ryanair is one of the last UK airlines to scrap face masks

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Ryanair is one of the last UK airlines to scrap face masksPhoto credit: Getty

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