Ryanair condemned (20-Dec-2010) the Dublin Airport Authority for "charging Irish passengers and tourists even higher airport fees so the DAA monopoly can pay Air India EUR6 for every transfer passenger that ‘toilet stops’ at its EUR1.2 billion T2 Taj Mahal". Ryanair stated Air India would receive a EUR6 subsidy for each transfer passenger through the airport. [more]
Ryanair: “From 1st January the DAA monopoly expects Irish consumers and visitors to pay even higher fees at Dublin Airport while they plan to use these higher charges to pay Air India EUR6 for every ‘toilet stop’ transfer passenger that drops in to use the loos in Dublin’s EUR1.2 billion T2 Taj Mahal. India may be the home of the Taj Mahal, but these Air India passengers are sure to be impressed with the overspending and waste with which the DAA blew EUR1.2 billion (six times over its original budget), on its T2 Taj Mahal. While Air India will make T2 seem less empty their passengers will never leave the airport and will not contribute even EUR1 to Irish tourism. This is yet another insane policy of the Government-owned DAA airport monopoly that has caused the collapse of Irish tourism. Ryanair once again calls for the immediate break-up of the failed DAA monopoly, the sale of its airports and the introduction of competing terminals at the high cost, rapidly declining, Dublin Airport before Irish consumers are forced to pay higher fees to subsidise these Indian ‘toilet breaks'," Stephen McNamara, spokesman. Source: Company Statement, 20-Dec-2010.