Ryanair scales back service over flight tax

Ryanair scales back service over flight tax
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary could try to save on crew uniforms. Photo: DPA
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said Tuesday that it would make further cuts to its services in Germany owing to a new tax on flights to be levied next year.

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.

AFP/The Local/mry

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