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Ryanair may close some German routes over new departure tax

3-Sep-2010 12:32 PM

Ryanair stated it may close some of its routes in Germany due to the new departure tax being introduced by the German Government. Spokesman Stephen McNamara said: "We will have to review all of our routes, and it is likely that these taxes will lead to a decline in passenger numbers" (DPA, 02-Sep-2010). Ryanair operates 174 routes from its three German hubs in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Bremen, handling approximately 11 million passengers to/from Germany p/a. The LCC has appealed the decision to the German Parliament, with the carrier intending to lobby for change through the European Low Fares Airline Association.