Ryanair versus Ireland - this time there's paperwork
The war of words between Ryanair and the Irish Government has raged for months, with plenty of name-calling from the budget airlines. Ryanair have long-standing grievances with airport taxes imposed by the Government, which they believe are harming tourism in the country - and consequently their profits.
Ryanair has now pulled two of its three daily flights from Kerry to Dublin, citing refusal by the government to increase subsidies to the airline as agreed by the two parties. Early morning and late evening flights will end from the beginning of November, and Ryanair will operate the Kerry-Dublin route on a "commercial basis without any subsidy whatsoever... saving the taxpayer almost €2m annually."
“The Minister for Transport has refused to honour the PSO contract which requires him to increase payments to reflect the Govt tourist tax and the Govt imposed increase in DAA and ATC charges which have added an extra €19 per passenger on the Kerry-Dublin route.
"Ryanair will, from 31st October, switch its Kerry based aircraft to another EU base where Govts are reducing airport fees and welcoming tourists instead of taxing them."
What's interesting, as is usually the case with Ryanair, is how they've gone about venting their frustration with the Irish Government; their news section not only outlines their argument, but also has a scan of the contract in question. The best bit? Somebody at Ryanair has then underlined the relevant clause in a big huff:
It's surprising they didn't go the whole hog and draw a bus stop knob in the margins.