Ryanair policy may hurt duty free sales - Dublin Airport News

Airport news for Dublin on 05/02/2009.

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Airports Council International represents member facilities around the world, including around 440 in Europe. It commented that airlines "need to appreciate" revenue from retail sales at shops constitutes at least half of airport income, and it is this revenue that makes it possible for them charge landing fees that are below-cost.

Ryanair, Europe's biggest no-frills airline, responded, saying that as long as passenger could fit their purchases into one bag weighing no more than 10kg they were free to shop.

The carrier added that there were plenty of ways for airports to cut costs by improving operating efficiency.

"Passengers have no interest in airport shopping," a spokesman for the airline said. "They simply want to get through airport terminals and onto their aircraft with the shortest possible queuing time and inconvenience."

The airports group did not indicate how much of a loss in income was expected due to the new Ryanair regulation, which went into effect early this week.

Ryanair will levy a charge of €30 on a second bag if it is brought on board the plane.

Worldwide, air passenger traffic is declining as the global financial crisis is forcing a cutback in leisure and business travel.

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