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Ryanair (RYAAY) Expects Capacity to be Omicron-Hit Until January

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With the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping across Europe and causing panic, mainly in the UK and Ireland, Irish carrier Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY - Free Report) anticipates its current and next month’s capacity to take a massive beating.

Per a Reuters report, chief executive Michael O'Leary told the Guardian newspaper that the carrier will carry roughly 10% less passengers in December 2021 and January 2022. According to O’Leary, Ryanair intends to fly about 10 million people in the final month of 2021 (1 million less than the estimated figure). Moreover, RYAAY aims to trim its January schedule by roughly 10%.

On a brighter note, O'Leary said that seats for the upcoming Christmas were “well-booked”. He further added that the omicron-led panic was primarily restricted to the UK and Ireland while “the rest of the continent is still travelling for business and for leisure".

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