‘Whoops of pleasure’ as passengers get ‘inexperienced gentle’ on flights to Eire forward of midnight ban
“Whoops of joy” could be heard at Heathrow Airport as hundreds of passengers traveling to Ireland received the “green light” to fly to Dublin before the 48-hour curfew began at midnight.
Ms Scully, 23, of Dublin, described it as a “Christmas miracle” after that, and about 300 other potentially stranded passengers waited anxiously for news.
Passengers flying from the United Kingdom to Ireland were waiting for news of their flights following the government’s decision to ban travel this afternoon. Image: Rachael Scully
He had originally scheduled a flight to Dublin on Tuesday, but booked a flight at 8.55pm. today after hearing about the incoming travel ban.
However, upon arrival at the airport, Ms Scully and about 50 other passengers were informed that the flight they were traveling on was overbooked and that alternative arrangements would have to be made.
“We were told they would put us in a hotel with the idea of booking a return flight from London to a country that could fly to Dublin. “They are now in contact with the Irish government (government) for a flight to Dublin before midnight.”
“There are about 300 people here, some were for the flight we had to take and some who had canceled flights,” Rachel explained.
The government has announced a 48-hour ban from Britain following fears of the spread of a new Covid-19 executive.
Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan announced the new restrictions Sunday afternoon, after 764 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland, as well as four further deaths.
Ms Scully, 23, who is going to Dublin to spend a “quarantined Christmas” with her parents, described the disturbing scenes at the airport as people waited for news on whether they would be allowed to travel.
“The mood is restless, but the majority are just trying to make the best of a bad situation. “Few start the staff, who are honestly trying their best and can not believe how this has been proven,” said Ms. Scully.
Ryanair and Aer Lingus have published travel updates in response to the government’s decision to ban all flights from the United Kingdom to Ireland for 48 hours.
The government announced a travel ban this afternoon in a bid to prevent the spread of a new Covid-19 executive ahead of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to assess the situation.
Ireland ‘s announcement comes after other European countries decided to ban travel from the United Kingdom.
Aer Lingus has stated that it has suspended all flights from the United Kingdom to Ireland for the period and will operate flights from Ireland to the United Kingdom for the repatriation of customers to the UK.
Travel information for the United Kingdom to Ireland ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/aZSVcVOeJp
– Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) December 20, 2020
The airline has also said it will offer passenger flights with return flights to the UK.
Aer Lingus said customers with a canceled flight would be contacted directly and would be entitled to a refund, voucher or change of route in the future.
Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus issued travel updates for passengers this afternoon following Transport Minister Eamon Ryan ‘s announcement. Image: Leon Farrell / RollingNews.ie
Ryanair said any customers with flights to the UK that were canceled by government announcements would be contacted by email and offered a change of flight or refund.
The airline said it would operate all other permitted flights to and from the UK, including passengers traveling on business.
Ryanair Statement for Flights to / from the United Kingdom December 20 – 24: pic.twitter.com/U4Tu4lUsGR
– Ryanair Press Office (@RyanairPress) December 20, 2020
He said any passenger who does not want to travel by flight five days before Christmas can change his reservation free of charge until March 15.
The unprecedented announcement by the government about travel to the UK came after a meeting of ruling party leaders on Sunday after a day of talks between cabinet ministers.
Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan announced the new restrictions Sunday afternoon, after 764 new Covid-19 cases were reported and four more deaths.
Exceptions have been made to key workers and those transporting goods into the country.