Monday, September 19, 2011

O’Leary calls their bluff

Ryanair says it will cancel flights to 22 out of the 57 destinations it flies to from L'Altet as of November. The issue is over the airport’s insistence that airlines embark and disembark their passengers via air bridges adding 32 cents per passenger to the bill. Ryanair also say that the use of air bridges adds to the time it takes to turn their aircraft around. As far as they are concerned, they want to continue walking their passengers on and off planes as they did at the old terminal.

In an attempt to put a positive spin on all this, L'Altet  says that it is normal for companies to reduce their flights for the winter season.

This is a case where nobody wins. The newspaper Información says that the airport will loose 2.5 million Euros in revenue which, having just spent a small fortune building a new terminal, would be disastrous. On the other hand, Ryanir will loose a lot more than that in fares.

It makes you wonder why this issue was not brought up whilst Aena were planning the new terminal. Surely Ryanair, the main carrier at the airport, were consulted at that time – obviously not!

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