Ryanair: hates Belfast and violins
Ryanair are never far away from some negative publicity are they? That's because, when they're not being baffling, they're being irritating. And, right on cue, they're at it again.
First off, they're pulling out of Belfast City Airport (aka The George Best airport with jaundiced views out of the windows). So says Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary in a press conference held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
He says: "It is very disappointing that the promised runway extension at Belfast City Airport has still not materialised more than three years after we opened the base at Belfast City. It makes no sense for Ryanair to continue to invest in Belfast City, operating restricted routes with less than full payloads between Belfast and other UK airports unless there is clear and immediate prospect of Ryanair being enabled to safely operate longer European routes from Belfast City Airport, and for this we need the runway extension."
This is bad news for Belfast City Airport as a third of their business came from the company (possibly leaving another budget airline to go and steal the customers?). It certainly looks like O'Leary is throwing his toys out of the pram because he can't get his own way over the new runway.
If you have any flights booked with Ryanair after 31st October, it is worth getting in touch with the airline. And whatever you do, don't try and sneak on one of their planes with a violin. 12 year-old Francesca Rijks had planned to take her instrument on as hand luggage, however, Ryanair workers told them that her that she'd need to buy an extra seat for it to the tune of £190.
This is not the first time Ryanair have narked musicians as the Daily Mail reports of a group of violinists had to pay £1,340 for extra seats for their instruments on a flight from Frankfurt. Sounds like there may be a musician's boycott on Ryanair flights if they're not careful.