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Ryanair forecasts lower loss

Ryanair has reduced its loss forecast in respect of the 12 months to March 31 this year.ryanair0121

Ryanair has said it expects to report a loss of between €800m and €850m in its financial year 2021.
In February the airline said it expected to report a loss of between of between €850m and €950m for the period, in what it said would be “the most challenging year in Ryanair’s 35 year history.”
The Ryanair Group's full-year traffic was 27.5 million for the 12 months to March 31, down from 149 million in its financial year 2020, which ended at the early stages of Covid-19 restrictions across Europe.


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Quarantine hotel staff miss tests

Staff at a hotel used for people in mandatory quarantine are missing Covid-19 tests.quarantine

Testing is offered to staff at the Crowne Plaza in Santry on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8am to 10.30am.
Only rostered staff are allowed on-site at any time due to Covid-19 restrictions, meaning those who do not work those specific hours are missing out on testing.
Emails to staff, seen by the Irish Examiner, state: “If you are due to work on one of these mornings please drop in to see the HSE team on that morning. Please ensure that you make every effort to attend at one of these sessions every week.”
However, due to the narrow window for testing, many who work in the hotel are not being tested because they do not work during the specified hours and days.
One staff member who spoke to the Irish Examiner said: “The Covid tests for staff are scheduled in the mornings so the majority of staff can’t access them: 


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McNamara critical of Quarantine Programme

Clare Independent T.D. Michael McNamara has criticised the Government's Mandatory Hotel Quarantine strategy, which he described as "a half-baked exercise in optics" andmlmcnamara0320 a "flawed measure" in the context of an unchecked border with Northern Ireland and when the majority of persons arriving in the state whether by air, sea or over land are not tested for variants of Covid-19. 

 Deputy McNamara was reacting to the news that people entering Ireland from the United States, France, Germany and Italy will not, for now, face a mandatory period of hotel quarantine.  The decision follows concerns raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General about the planned extension of the system.


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New NI Hospitality School

The Gallaher Trust has announced the launch of the Northern Ireland Hospitality School offering students the chance to gain a hospitality qualification and secure guaranteedgallagher employment with one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels.
Over the next three years, The Gallaher Trust will invest almost £260,000 in supporting the Northern Ireland Hospitality School, a new educational centre focused on providing hospitality training and a pathway to employment for those seeking a career in the industry.
Backed by City & Guilds, the school will offer a six-week Level 2 Award in Professional Bartending (Cocktails) course delivered in partnership with the Northern Regional College.


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Ryanair passengers down 81%

Covid-19 travel bans slashed Ryanair passenger numbers by 81 per cent to 27.5 million in the 12 months ended March 31st, its last financial year.ryanair0221
The Irish airline said that it carried 500,000 passengers in March, 91 per cent fewer than the 5.5 million people that flew with it in the same month last year.
Its rolling annual total to March 31st was 27.5 million, 81 per cent less than the 148.6 million passengers it carried during the previous 12 months.


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