Ryanair to reduce services from Dublin - Dublin Airport News

Airport news for Dublin on 03/08/2009.

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According to officials at the carrier, the decision to reduce capacity was made because of high costs at the airport, the new tourist tax imposed by the Irish government and the continuing decline in passenger traffic.

Last Wednesday Ryanair announced 39 new routes to the Canary Islands for the upcoming winter season, but said that it will be reducing its fleet at Dublin airport from 18 to 14 aircraft.

The largest budget airline in Europe also said that it complained to the European Commission about the Irish government’s new 10-euro air travel tax, saying that it was discouraging the public from travelling by air.

The airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said in a statement released last week: “The high and rising costs at Dublin Airport, combined with an insanely stupid 10 euro tourist tax, are devastating tourism here in Ireland.”

Ryanair issued a warning last week that profits for the full year would likely be at the lower end of the forecast range as it has had to reduce fares in order to attract passengers. It assed that Dublin passenger traffic was down by 11 per cent for the first six months of 2009, and is expected to decrease further if the government’s tax isn’t scrapped.

The Dublin Airport Authority and Ireland’s transport ministry are both blaming the recession, rather than the air travel tax, for Ryanair’s decision to cut capacity.

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