Ryanair to cut winter routes

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June 30: Ryanair says it is to cut UK winter capacity by 16% from November with the loss of an estimated two million passengers, blaming the government’s proposed Air Passenger Duty or alternative that may be imposed.

Ryanair claims that the tax will add £11 to each ticket, resulting in reduced demand. It will cut capacity at London Stansted from November with 135 fewer weekly flights and switch to other European bases where “tourist taxes” have been scrapped or are lower than the UK.

Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive for Ryanair said “Sadly UK traffic and tourism continues to collapse while Ryanair continues to grow rapidly in those countries which welcome tourists instead of taxing them. Independent capacity analysis shows that growth has returned to the Belgian, Dutch and Spanish markets after their governments scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges, in some cases to zero, in order to stimulate tourism and jobs.”

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