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Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ryanair slashes Stansted flights

Ryanair is cutting capacity from Stansted by 40% this winter.

The number of aircraft based at the BAA airport will be reduced from October to 24 from 40 being flown this summer.
This will result in a 30% reduction in the number of weekly flights and a loss of 2.5 million passengers between October and March 2010, the low fares carrier claims.
CEO Michael O’Leary attacked high charges at the airport and government plans to raise Air Passenger Duty from November from £10 to £11 on European flights.
“Sadly UK traffic and tourism continues to collapse while Ryanair continues to grow traffic rapidly in those countries which welcome tourists instead of taxing them. 
“Ryanair’s 40% capacity cutback at London Stansted shows just how much Gordon Brown’s £10 tourist tax and the BAA Monopoly’s high airport charges are damaging London and UK tourism and the British economy generally.
“In recent months the Belgian, Dutch, Greek and Spanish governments have all scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges to zero in order to stimulate tourism.
“These cutbacks underline the urgent need to; (a) break-up the high cost BAA Airport Monopoly (as recommended by the Competition Commission) and (b)scrap Gordon Brown’s insane and damaging £10 tourist tax which has caused UK traffic to collapse.”
* Do you think BAA's airport charges and the Government's APD rise are the real reasons behind Ryanair's decision? Send us your views by clicking on ADD A COMMENT below.
 by Phil Davies

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  • Ryanair hypocracy

    Michael O'Leary complains so much about the APD rising from £10 to £11, while raising Ryanair's own stealth charges by a far greater amount. Fees for booking, checking in, etc, etc far out way the APD.

    By Richard Buckland, Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Taxes have a minimal impact

    If taxes do have an impact I have yet to hear a single passenger mention it. Besides, there are other ways to get off this island!

    By Gary Phillips, Thursday, July 23, 2009

  • Penalise Ryan-Air

    BAA must do to Ryan-Air as Ryan-Air does to its customers. Penalise Ryan-Air for each lost passenger; fine Ryan-Air for the lost revenue to third party suppliers; kick Ryan-Air off the Visa checking process and never allow Rip-off Air from flying again from Stanstead or any other British Airport.

    By David Keen, Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  • Miss Reported

    Ryanair are not cutting capacity from Stansted by 40% to 24 aircraft. Year on year the cut is from 26 to 24 aircraft. O"Leary's quoted cut of 40% was to get yet more publicity! The true cut of 2 aircraft is hardly surprising considering current market conditions.

    By Graham Tayler, Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  • Capacity Cuts

    Cutting capacity is the correct thing for Ryanair to do, given the state of the economy and the enormous size of this Government's borrowings that will have to be paid back. "The Emporar has no clothes on" is not true for Ryanair, but they do seem to have less clothes on than before. Their bluster press releases no longer seem to have the same effect and are wearing a bit thin. I have previously been a great fan and admirer of Ryanair and its business model, but I do think it is a time for reflection on direction.

    By Nick Cooper, Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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