O’Leary does not support a compulsory vaccination programme, as is currently the case in Germany and Austria. Instead, he says, governments should make life difficult for people who refuse the vaccine for no reason. “If you haven’t been vaccinated, you shouldn’t be in hospital, you shouldn’t be flying, you shouldn’t be on the London Underground, and you shouldn’t go into your local supermarket or pharmacy,” he said.
The omikron variant of the coronavirus has cast a significant shadow over the aviation sector’s recovery prospects, among other things. A new wave of restrictions is causing travelers to cancel or postpone reservations. The newspaper said O’Leary expects Ryanair to carry 10 percent of passengers in December as a result.
Ryanair made headlines earlier this week when the airline used its Twitter account to mock British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over alleged Christmas parties. The image listed the government’s response to the coronavirus warning levels, which range from a “small gathering with wine and cheese” to a “rave”.
O’Leary has not regretted the move, according to The Telegraph. “You will be promoted with us if you bother Johnson and his half-baked idiot,” he said. He also criticized the British government for creating panic over the Omicron variable, while saying other European countries did not appear to have the same concerns. According to O’Leary, the result is likely that people will fly less due to the uncertainty around Christmas.