Ireland’s Dublin Airport reported a 15% year-on-year decline in passenger numbers to 1.8 million in May-2010, according to Ryanair, who has renewed (28-Jun-2010) its call for the Irish Government to scrap tourist taxes. The LCC also called for the break-up of the DAA monopoly. [more]
Ryanair: “It’s bad enough that the Government’s EUR10 tourist tax caused a 3 million traffic collapse in 2009 but now it’s clear that 2010 will see further record declines in Irish tourism while the rest of Europe returns to growth. If current losses continue then Dublin Airport’s traffic will fall below 17 million passengers in 2010. This, at a time when capacity in the existing terminal is 30 million passengers and the DAA are about to open the EUR1.2 billion white elephant Terminal 2, with capacity for another 30 million passengers. Airlines are now finalising their winter schedules and the Government must act to save tourism and passenger numbers by scrapping this suicidal EUR10 tourist tax and reversing the DAA’s 40% price increases,” Stephen McNamara, Spokesperson. Source: Ryanair, 28-Jun-2010.