Ryanair announced that it will move nine of its ten routes from Manchester Airport.
August 17: Ryanair announced that it will move nine of its ten routes from Manchester Airport to lower-cost competitors at East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool. The airline claims Manchester “refused to lower its charges to reflect the lower fares being paid by passengers in the current recession” and will make the route switches from October 1 with the loss of 44 weekly flights, putting 600 local jobs at risk.
Routes to Barcelona (Girona), Bremen, Brussels (Charleroi), Cagliari, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Frankfurt (Hahn), Marseille, Milan (Bergamo) and Shannon will cease; passengers affected will be provided with a full refund or the alternative of flying to some destinations from other airports.
A Manchester Airport spokesperson said: “Not withstanding all of our investment in Manchester Airport including during the current recession, we don’t believe that charges as low as £3 per passenger are unreasonable. Clearly, Ryanair do and that’s regrettable.”