Ryanair Announces Termination of Birmingham-Budapest service

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low-cost airline, is trimming its services to Budapest in Hungary from the UK.

The airline is planning to reduce its routes to Budapest, by terminating its services from Birmingham Airport. The airline is blaming the cuts on Budapest Airport’s decision to increase its charges, and plans to reduce its five aircraft fleet based out of Budapest airport to three, as a result.

The airline is also considering cutting back on its routes from Budepest to Baden, Bologna, Dusseldorf, Krakow, Lubeck, Malaga, Munich, Oslo and Thessaloniki in Europe.

The airline is also planning to reduce its capacities on nine of the twenty remaining routes from Budapest.

Michael O’Leary, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘Ryanair regrets Hochtief Budapest Airport’s decision to increase charges, impose inefficient facilities and reject our proposals for a competitive growth offer which would have allowed Ryanair to grow traffic and routes at Budapest.

Ryanair will now switch 2 aircraft from Budapest with the loss of 10 routes, reductions on 9 others and the loss of 110 weekly flights. Sadly, 800,000 passengers per annum and over 800 jobs will be lost by Budapest to other airports elsewhere in Europe, where Ryanair will continue to grow.

With 1.2m passengers and 20 routes, Ryanair will remain one of the 2 largest airlines operating at Budapest, but Hochtief cannot continue to ignore the competitive marketplace, where airports all over Europe have been reducing costs and offering efficient facilities in return for traffic growth. We hope there is a way to reverse these cuts to ensure further Ryanair growth at Budapest.’

The airline has recently introduced its new onboard menu offering a full range of food, snacks and drinks. The Getaway Cafe includes new menu additions, as well as traditional onboard favourites. The service is also offering a gourmet Snack Pack box and economical monthly meal bargains.

 

Finland Latest Victim of Ryanair Flight Cuts

Ryanair, the Ireland-based no-frills airline company, has announced further cuts to its forthcoming flight schedules.

Finland is the latest destination to suffer service reductions from the carrier, as it continues a rationalisation of its routes and flight frequencies.

Flights to Turku, a town southwest of Helsinki, will cease from Stansted Airport for the winter, and flights to Tampere and Lappeenranta are also being cut. Instead of 13 routes to Tampere, which include two from Stansted and Edinburgh in the UK, there will now only be five. None of the Lappeenranta routes involve airports in the UK.

According to a spokesman for Ryanair, when commenting on the suspension of winter flights to Turku, the city is considered a summer destination. Reports also claim that having spent an estimated EUR800,000 on marketing the flights, the city of Lappeenranta is perplexed by the announcement of cuts, with deputy city director, Kari Koriakoski, quoted as saying, ‘this is difficult to understand because the flights have been almost full.’

The reductions in the airline’s Finland flights come in the wake of similar cuts to services to Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, the Canary Islands, Morocco, and Kos and Rhodes in Greece, while only last week the company announced that it was suspending flights to Larnaca in Cyprus.

Reasons have varied for why each individual cut has been implemented, but the airline has heaped much of the blame on to governments, airport authorities and tourism authorities for not having honoured funding agreements, or for not cutting taxes or charges.