Ryanair’s Dublin cuts

March 16: Ryanair announced a further series of route, flight and frequency cuts at Dublin Airport from July, as the impact of the €10 tourist tax and other Government price increases decrease passenger numbers. Ryanair confirmed that these latest cuts were being implemented in response to the decision of the Government-owned Irish Aviation Authority to increase Air Traffic Control charges by 12% this summer.

From July Ryanair will close four routes from Dublin; to Basel, Doncaster, Oporto and Teesside, and reduce frequencies on eight more routes to Aberdeen, Biarritz, Billund, Bournemouth, Carcassonne, East Midlands, Malaga and Rome (Ciampino).

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: “This increase in Government charges is another nail in the coffin of Irish tourism. Already this year the Dublin has increased airport charges, increased wheelchair charges, is double charging for kiosk installation and now the Government allows the IAA to raise ATC charges by 12%, when inflation is at 0%.

“At a time when Governments and airports all over Europe are reducing costs in order to stimulate tourism, the Irish Government is raising costs and introducing taxes, which can only damage tourism.” Needless to say, O’Leary had much more to comment on, especially the performance of the IAA, but none of it very complimentary!

Locals lose Stansted battle

Campaigners have lost their legal battle to prevent an increase in passengers using Stansted Airport, reports the Dunmow Broadcast & Recorder.

‘Stop Stansted Expansion’ was hoping to overturn the British Government’s decision to increase passenger numbers and flights, arguing that the government had ‘disregarded’ environmental and noise impacts when approving the expansion project.

But High Court judge, Sir Thane Forbes, dismissed the group’s challenge, saying its objections were “unjustified and without substance”. The protestors are now seeking to appeal.

Airfields at risk

Have you flown from any of the following airfields or airstrips in the last ten years? Bailey’s Farm, Long Crendon, Bucks; Ledbury (Preston Cross), Glos; Rougham, Suffolk; Damyns Hall, Upminster, Essex – if so, planning consultants Kember Loudon Williams (www.klw.co.uk) would like to hear from you.

All four aviation centres are under threat of closure and the team fighting to keep them open is asking for copies of logbook pages that show the airfields have been well used over the last decade, along with the names and addresses of those who have flown from there. Contact Peter Kember, 01892 750018, e-mail 2pk@peterkember.co.uk