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Ryanair drops five routes from Edinburgh Airport
February 22nd, 2012 by elisa

In a press conference in Edinburgh yesterday, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary announced that the airline is to drop five routes from Edinburgh Airport, after it failed to persuade its owner, BAA, to reduce its fees.

The announcement means that 300 jobs will be lost, one of its seven aircraft will be withdrawn and flights from Edinburgh to Berlin, Malmo, Murcia, Ibiza and Tallin will be dropped.

The airline will continue to fly to 35 destinations from the airport, but will carry 300,000 fewer passengers this summer from last year’s. O’Leary warned that if Ryanair is unable to secure “more competitive terms” by the time it is due to renew its five-year contract with the airport this October, then it may have to drop more routes.

BAA is in the process of finding buyers for the airport after it was ordered to by the Competition Commission, so this announcement will not help the situation. Final offers are expected by April.

O’Leary said: “While Ryanair remains committed to Edinburgh Airport (and with 1.5m passengers and 35 routes, we continue to be one of the largest airlines operating to/from Edinburgh), BAA Edinburgh cannot continue to ignore the competitive marketplace, where airports all over the UK and Europe have been reducing costs and lowering charges in return for traffic growth.

“We hope even at this late stage that BAA Edinburgh will realise that the way to grow traffic and jobs is by working with Ryanair to lower passengers fares, not raise them.”

 


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