Ryanair to slash Stansted winter capacity

29 Jun 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The low-cost carrier says it will cut capacity at Stansted by 17 per cent this winter, with overall UK capacity falling by 16 per cent.

The airline will base 22 aircraft at Stansted this winter (down from 24 last year), and says it will operate 135 fewer weekly frequencies. 

Ryanair is blaming the UK government’s “tourist tax” for the move, which it says “continues to damage British traffic, tourism and jobs”. The carrier says that it will switch some of its London based aircraft to “to other European bases where governments have scrapped tourist taxes and reduced passenger charges, in some case to zero, in order to grow tourism and traffic”.

Capacity will reduced at most of Ryanair’s other UK bases, although Edinburgh and Leeds will be spared the cuts.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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