Ryanair to End Flights from Manchester

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on August 21, 2009

Manchester Airport’s refusal to lower its charges has cost it the services of budget airline Ryanair, as the Dublin-based airline announced that it will cut or switch nine of the ten routes it currently offers from Manchester Airport.

Ryanair put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Manchester Airport and claims their offer to increase the number of flights by 28 weekly was rejected by the airport when Ryanair also demanded that their high charges be lowered.

“Ryanair continues to lower fares to encourage travel, but with passengers paying lower fares airports must lower their charges – particularly high-cost airports like Manchester, Stansted and Dublin,” said Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for the no frills airline.  Some of the most popular routes, including Shannon, Barcelona, Marseille, and Frankfurt, to name a few, will officially be cancelled as of October 1.

McNamara added, “Ryanair had offered new routes, traffic and growth to Manchester airport but since they prefer to preserve their high-cost base than to grow, Ryanair will now switch/close nine Manchester routes.”  These stoppages will represent huge losses for the airport, and the economy at large, which is still reeling from the global recession.
60,000 fewer passengers per year will pass through the airport as a result, and as many as 600 jobs will be lost locally.

Thanks to the News Scotsman for the above quotes.  Please visit their website for more information.

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