Chilly mood at Ryanair

June 23: Ryanair confirmed that it will freeze growth at its nine UK bases with immediate effect. The airline cites the British Government’s proposed £10 “tourist tax” and BAA’s “high airport charges” as the reasons for its decision.

Ryanair is calling for the scrapping of the Air Passenger Duty “tourist tax” and for the speeding up of the sale of Gatwick and Stansted airports. Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said “The Government should follow the example of their Belgian, Dutch, Greek and Spanish counterparts by immediately scrapping this stupid and regressive tourist tax to avoid any further devastation to British tourism and jobs.”

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