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Shannon cannot agree to Ryanair’s 'unreasonable demands'

2-Mar-2011 11:17 AM

Ireland's Shannon Airport stated (1-Mar-2011) it "cannot agree to Ryanair’s unreasonable demands for financial support relating to possibly expanding its current services at the airport". [more]

Shannon Airport: "No commercial airport in Europe could agree to the non-negotiable terms set out by Ryanair in relation to Shannon. As a commercial company, Shannon Airport is committed to incentivising growth, but any agreement has to be financially viable for both the airport and the airline. Ryanair’s terms would be financially ruinous for any airport. Ryanair’s claim that it is merely seeking an extension of an existing incentive scheme available in Dublin is utterly untrue. Its claim that other airlines are availing of a similar incentive scheme is also untrue. What Ryanair has demanded bears no relation whatsoever to any existing scheme at any DAA-owned airport. Rather than paying the normal passenger charges at Shannon, Ryanair wants instead to be paid EUR4.70 by Shannon Airport for every passenger it brings to the airport ... The traffic decline at Shannon Airport over the past 12 months is almost entirely due to the withdrawal of Ryanair services, following the end of Ryanair’s previous deal with Shannon, the terms of which Ryanair failed to honour. About 90% of the decline in passenger numbers is due to the significant reduction in Ryanair services. Ryanair also failed to deliver the tourist numbers that it promised for the region under the previous Shannon agreement," Company Statement, 01-Mar-2011.