Ryanair has today announced that its Cork base will remain closed through the summer months this year due to "the government's failed COVID restrictions" a spokesperson said.
The budget airliner has confirmed that the earliest point they could reopen the base is during the Winter of 2021.
Ryanair has again criticised the Irish Governments international travel restrictions, which affect inbound airport and port visitors, "while its 300-mile border with Northern Ireland remains open".
A spokesperson for the airline has described the government's efforts in containing the virus as "failed" and "mismanaged".
Ryanair will continue to fly to and from Cork Airport in Summer 2021, but only with aircraft that are based at other airports, such as London Stansted.
Speaking this afternoon, aRyanair spokesperson said:
We deeply regret the closure of our Cork base last winter due to the Irish Governments failed Covid restrictions, which have collapsed air travel at Cork, Shannon, and Dublin Airports, even while thousands of Covid cases have been imported across the Northern Ireland border.
"The counties with the highest rate of Covid cases have been consistently been the Border counties, not the counties of Cork, Dublin, and Clare, where our main international airports are.
Ryanair has also said that NPHETs policy of targeting airports "while failing to restrict 'international travel' across the border" with Northern Ireland "has done untold damage to Irish air travel and tourism industries."
It said; "With less than 1% of Covid-19 cases attributed to "international travel", and the majority of this taking place across the border with Northern Ireland, the Irish Government and its advisors, NPHET, have repeatedly mismanaged our Covid-19 response.
"Even today, EU countries such as Denmark have delivered 50% more vaccines than Ireland despite having a similar population (5m), and we continue to lag behind other EU states.
"Irelands failure to lead other EU states on the vaccine rollout is yet another failure of NPHET and Government policy."