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Ryanair scales back service over flight tax

The Local · 14 Dec 2010, 14:39

Published: 14 Dec 2010 14:39 GMT+01:00

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Ryanair plans to reduce its capacity in the German capital by 56 percent, scrapping flights to four cities from the Berlin-Schönefeld airport from mid-2011, the firm said in a statement.

Three domestic lines will be cut along with one to the Lithuanian city of Kaunas. Service from Bremen and a regional airport outside Düsseldorf will also be reduced.

The Irish airline announced other cuts in October and blames an airline tax approved by the German government which would cost between €8 and €45 depending on the length of the flight.

The tax is part of an austerity plan established in Berlin and is expected to raise around €1 billion per year.

Overall capacity in Germany is expected to fall by three million passengers per year and lead to the elimination of 3,000 jobs, the carrier said.

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18:52 December 14, 2010 by TFGumby
It's a smokescreen. O'Leary is just an "attention whore".

He's quicker to blame someone else, like the introduction of this tax, to allow him the space to cut flights. Demand is down, so he has to make a stand to say how wonderful Ryanair is.
11:25 December 15, 2010 by moccasynth
Good riddance to bad rubbish. I can't stand this prick.
19:58 December 15, 2010 by lordkorner
Either you above are too young or just plain forgetful but once upon a time in a land far far away,1984 to be precise and Dublin was the land. I was very much in love with a beautiful princess who lived in a city called Barcelona. as I was not in the possession of a Dragon I had to book a flight,on an airline and I think it was British Airways. The flight cost 384 Irish pounds( go figure that in today's euros) and not only that but I had to first fly to London,wait an hour or two and then catch a connecting flight . This was the way of air travel before the Low Cost airlines,give me O leary and Ryanair any day of the week. Yes he wrecks peoples heads with his additions,but when i fly with Ryanair,I play the game and compared to 1984, I win every time.
14:43 December 16, 2010 by dbert4
Yes but, but now everyone in Irland is broke and can't to fly to Barcelona, even on Ryan.
16:21 December 16, 2010 by maxbrando
O'Leary is not a likeable guy. But at least you know who he is and what he charges for. This is not like your German bureaucrats in your parliment who anonomyously suck money out of foreigners to help fund a broke, and broken, welfare and social system.
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