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“Don’t get robbed” pleads as it sees its fortress base under attack from Ryanair


North of England-based LCC reacted robustly to Ryanair’s announcement of 11-Aug-09 that it planned to make Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) its 34th base from Mar-2010, by imploring its customers not to “get robbed” by Ryanair, which it implied charges its passengers more for baggage and sports equipment, also for online and airport check-in. has had things largely its own way at LBA, as the airport’s largest customer, let alone largest LCC, but does this latest challenge from Ryanair signify might focus its route development elsewhere or even shift operations altogether? [3075 words]

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