Breaking news - Ryanair cuts routes and jobs at Manchester
If anybody suspected Ryanair of smoke and mirrors last week, it probably wasn't Manchester Airport. The routes announced for Leeds-Bradford Airport don't duplicate those at Manchester so it made sense to have bases at both.
Now it seems Ryanair were playing another game. Amongst all the cheer of creating 1,000 new jobs in Yorkshire, Sky Marshall O'Leary was planning on slashing 600 across the Pennines. The budget airline has just announced that 9 out of 10 routes from Manchester will cease, following a dispute with the airport over costs.
Ryanair says the majority of its routes will either be closed, or distributed across other airports in the North of England, and stated it had offered the airport an additional 28 weekly flights if charges were reduced, only to have its offer rejected. The routes will be closed from the beginning of Octobe. Boo.