Ryanair to slash Dublin capacity by 15%, calls for handover of T2
Ryanair announced (08-Jul-2010) plans to cut capacity at Dublin Airport by 15% over winter 2010/2011, cutting aircraft from 14 to 12 and reducing flights from approximately 1000 per week to less than 850 per week. The airline also called on the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to transfer control of T2 to National Asset Management Agency and to reverse increases in passenger charges at Dublin Airport in 2010. [more]
Ryanair: “Ryanair believes that T2 was the single most reckless, expensive and unnecessary property development of the entire Celtic tiger years ... The damage being done to Irish tourism by this reckless EUR1.2 billion white elephant cannot be overstated. Since the Government introduced its EUR10 tourist tax in Apr-2009, traffic and tourism have slumped. In the face of this traffic collapse, the DAA is now – with the support of the Department of Transport – imposing price increases of up to 40% on passengers to pay for a reckless terminal building they don’t need and won’t use. These higher costs have now made the Irish airports totally uncompetitive, which is why traffic to Ireland continues to collapse, while traffic growth has returned to most other European airports," Michael O’Leary, CEO. Source: Ryanair, 08-Jul-2010.