Ryanair look set to announce significant cuts to their Winter schedule in Dublin. The airline has again blamed the Irish government’s airport tax for the cuts. A full announcement is expected from Ryanair chief Michael O’ Leary later today.
There seems to be no plans at present to reduce or remove the government tax. In the UK the airport tax will actually rise by a pound to eleven pounds in November.
Yesterday the airline announced plans for thirty nine new routes to the Canary Islands this winter.There will also be cutbacks at Stansted which is Ryanair’s busiest airport.
Strangely ten of the sixteen new routes confirmed actually depart from Irish or UK locations which show how profitable these markets still are for Ryanair. There will be new flights from Dublin to Gran Canaria and Lanzarote beginning in October. The number of aircraft based at the airport looks set to drop to around eleven or twelve.
Ryanair have long since made their feelings known towards the tourist tax and yesterday made an official complaint to the European Commission over the fact that the Irish government has not applied the tax to domestic routes.