Pay your way, airport boss tells Ryanair

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Edinburgh Airport
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THE boss of Edinburgh Airport said Ryanair has “to pay its way” as he hit back in the row with the budget airline over its plans to axe eight routes from the Scottish capital.

Michael O`Leary, chief executive of Ryanair. Picture: Reuters

Michael O`Leary, chief executive of Ryanair. Picture: Reuters

THE boss of Edinburgh Airport said Ryanair has “to pay its way” as he hit back in the row with the budget airline over its plans to axe eight routes from the Scottish capital.

Jim O’Sullivan said he would not have the no-frills airline “flying here for free” as he dismissed suggestions from the Dublin-based firm that Edinburgh airport had failed to offer a competitive deal.

The attack on Ryanair came after the airline’s deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, flew into Edinburgh yesterday to announce “devastating reductions” to the carrier’s winter routes, with the scrapping of the destinations of Bratislava, Bremen, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Kaunas, Lodz and Poznan.

Mr Cawley issued a stark warning about “substantial further reductions” to Ryanair’s Edinburgh operations which he said would be “much smaller” unless airport bosses handed the Irish carrier a better deal.

However, Mr O’Sullivan insisted that he was “not in a position to negotiate” an extension to Ryanair’s five-year base agreement, which expires in October 2012, due to the British Airports Authority (BAA) seeking a buyer for Edinburgh Airport.

He also dismissed claims by Ryanair that 200 jobs had been shed during a previous round of cutbacks by the airline this year that saw the firm end its flight routes to Berlin, as well as scrapping plans for services to Malmo in Sweden, Murcia and Ibiza in Spain, and Tallinn in Estonia.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “We’re not in a position to negotiate because of the sale process, but in the long term, we’re confident we’ll be able to go to them with a proposition. We can’t have them flying here for free and they’ve got to pay their way. We have 40 airlines and have to be fair and we can’t have 39 airlines subsidising the other.”…..

Read the full story at The Scotsman….


The Scotsman – scotsman.com
Published Friday 13 April 2012


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