500 jobs at risk as Ryanair cuts eight winter routes from Edinburgh Airport | Daily Record

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News), Edinburgh Airport
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The budget airline said the changes will mean a drop in passenger traffic of 500,000 and could lead to the loss of 500 on-site jobs, however airport operator BAA said these figures were “speculative”.

RYANAIR has axed eight winter routes from Edinburgh Airport.

RYANAIR has axed eight winter routes from Edinburgh Airport.

The budget airline said the changes will mean a drop in passenger traffic of 500,000 and could lead to the loss of 500 on-site jobs, however airport operator BAA said these figures were “speculative”.

The routes being axed are Bratislava, Bremen, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Kaunas, Lodz and Poznan.

Closure of the routes from October 2012 will reduce the number of Ryanair flights to and from Edinburgh by 60, down from 168 to 108.

The announcement follows the airline’s decision in February to cut five routes from its summer schedule because it could not come to an agreement with BAA over charges.

Ryanair has also warned that more cuts to its winter schedule may take place if BAA does not agree to an extension to its five-year base agreement, which expires in October 2012, on “more competitive terms”.

Speaking in Edinburgh today, Ryanair deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said: “Ryanair regrets BAA Edinburgh Airport’s rejection of our proposals for a competitive cost base which would allow Ryanair to further grow our traffic and routes for winter 2012 and beyond.

“Sadly, BAA Edinburgh seems to prefer higher costs, even if it means fewer passengers and jobs at Edinburgh….

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Daily Record: dailyrecord.co.uk
12th April 2012


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