Ryanair To Cut Routes From Edinburgh

April 12, 2012

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Irish budget carrier Ryanair is to cut eight routes from Edinburgh Airport as part of a continuing feud with the airport over costs.

The routes being cut are to Bratislava, Bremen, Frankfurt Hahn, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Kaunas, Lodz and Poznan. The cuts could mean a loss of around 300,000 passengers with Ryanair annual numbers being cut from 1.8 million to 1.5 million.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary has also apparently threatened further cuts in October when its low-cost five year deal with the airport is due to end.

The row is aimed at putting pressure on Ferrovial-owned BAA as it seeks to sell the airport. The cuts will see Ryanair scrap its two remaining routes to the German cities of Frankfurt and Bremen.

In a previous round of cuts Ryanair had shed routes to Berlin as well as ending plans for services to Malmo in Sweden, Ibiza and Murcia in Spain and Tallinn in Estonia.

Mr O'Leary claimed the service cuts will lead to job losses at the Scottish airport.

(Reuters)