July 08 2010
Ryanair's own business model and the wider economic position has
contributed to the airline's decision to withdraw these services. These
decisions are not related to passenger charges at Dublin Airport, which
is one of Europe's most competitively priced large airports.
Dublin's current passenger charge for 2010 is 25% lower than the
average €12.50 passenger charge levied in 2008 by comparable European
airports such as Stansted, Gatwick, Brussels, Copenhagen, Lisbon,
Zurich, Vienna, Munich, Oslo.
Ryanair's public position does not stand up to scrutiny. If, as it
claims, charges at Dublin Airport are one of the key reasons that it is
reducing capacity this winter, why did those same charges not have any
impact on the company's desire to launch a new range of flights to sun
destinations from Dublin this summer? Ryanair's decisions are based on
the market, not Dublin Airport's highly competitive charges.
Ryanair claims that Dublin Airport's €9.32 passenger charge is
damaging business and yet Ryanair has just added a €10 surcharge, which
is a 33% increase, onto checked luggage for July and August. The €10
family bag charge is on top of the €30 that Ryanair charges customers to
check in a bag for a return flight. Since 2006, Ryanair has increased
some of its ancillary charges by up to 700%.
While it is the case that passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have
been affected by the economic downturn, were it not for the impact of
the volcanic ash cloud, up to 19 million passengers would have used
Dublin Airport this year.
The DAA notes Ryanair's typically colourful and fatuous suggestion in
relation to Terminal 2's future. The terminal's real future is only
four months away and the DAA is fully confident that all Dublin
Airport's passengers are looking forward to using the new terminal when
it opens in November. T2 is a key element of strategic national
infrastructure that will be used by passengers for the next half
Ryanair also continues to lie, again not for the first time, about
the cost of Terminal Two. The overall T2 project, which includes the new
passenger terminal, the new boarding gate facility known as Pier E, a
new energy centre, new aircraft parking stands and a major upgrade of
Dublin Airport's internal road network, is costing just over €600
The investment in the T2 project, which is being undertaken without
any State funding, will improve the passenger experience at Dublin
Airport for many decades to come. T2 is the right terminal, at the right
cost and will help position Ireland to take full advantage of the
economic upturn when it comes.
Dublin Airport is, and has been, good for Ryanair's business over the
past 20 years and the profits made from its Dublin routes have been a
key factor in the airline's international expansion.
Ryanair has confirmed Dublin Airport's pivotal role many times in
stock exchange documents. Services to Dublin Airport provided six of
Ryanair's 10 largest routes, including its two largest routes, in the
year to the end of March 2009, according to Ryanair's latest annual
Ryanair's top 10 routes, nine of which provide services to either
Dublin or Stansted airports, accounted for 9% of its overall passenger
numbers last year.
Ryanair's Top Ten Routes in FY 2009
Dublin - Stansted
Dublin - Gatwick
Stansted - Rome
Dublin - Manchester
Bergamo - Rome
Stansted - Bergamo
Prestwick - Stansted
Dublin - Birmingham
Dublin - Luton
Dublin - Cork
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