Ryanair is reducing its Stansted Winter Schedule
capacity by 40% starting in October 2009.
The low cost airline
operated 40 aircraft from Stansted this summer but will reduce
this to 24 aircraft (a 40% reduction) this winter with a 30%
reduction in the number of weekly flights and a loss of 2.5m
passengers at Stansted between October and March 2010.
Ryanair will now switch 16 of its aircraft to other European bases where
it says governments are scrapping
tourist taxes and / or reducing passenger fees to zero.
Announcing this 40% winter cutback at Stansted,
Michael O’Leary said,
“Sadly UK traffic and tourism continues to collapse while Ryanair
continues to grow traffic rapidly in those countries which welcome
tourists instead of taxing them. Ryanair’s 40% capacity cutback at
London Stansted shows just how much Gordon Brown’s £10 tourist tax
and the BAA Monopoly’s high airport charges are damaging London
and UK tourism and the British economy generally.
recent months the Belgian, Dutch, Greek and Spanish governments
have all scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges to
zero in order to stimulate tourism. These cutbacks underline the
urgent need to; (a) break-up the high cost BAA Airport Monopoly
(as recommended by the Competition Commission) and (b)scrap Gordon
Brown’s insane and damaging £10 tourist tax which has caused UK
traffic to collapse.”
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