Ryanair group CEO Michael O’Leary is challenging Covid-19 travel policy in the courts. (Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

Air Rage: Inside Ryanair’s battle over Ireland’s “restrictive” Covid-19 travel regime

From golfgate to falling passenger numbers, the budget airline is planning a full-throttle attack on the government's green list in today's High Court action. Newly obtained papers show the state is ready to fight back.

15th Sep, 2020 - 12 min read

When The Currency last covered Ryanair’s challenge to the government’s coronavirus travel restrictions, Ireland was at a crossroads in its handling of the pandemic. It was mid-August, several weeks after lockdown restrictions had been eased. Having been a European poster child for its handling of Covid-19 infections for much of the summer, the volume of cases, particularly in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly, was spiking upwards as the country reopened for business.

Despite the upward number of infections, preparations...

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