Ryanair calls for CAR to be shut down
Ryanair has called for the closure of the Commission for Aviation Regulation's office following the recent direction by the Department of Tranpsort to the CAR to raise passenger charges at Dublin Airport next year to pay for T2.
Ryanair contend that the Aviation Regulator's office can no longer serve an independent function when its decisions are being constantly overruled by the DoT which first directed the Regulator to allow the DAA build T2, a project which started out with an extimated cost of €170m but which current estimates reckon will reach €1.3bn.
Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary said today that "Ireland is returning to the bad old days of the mid 1980's when the Dept of Transport was protecting Aer Lingus by proposing legislation to jail travel agents who offered to sell discounted air tickets on Aer Lingus' services. The Dept of Transport is unfit for purpose. It has presided over the building of a white elephant second terminal in Cork and is now repeating this failure by protecting the DAA's building of a €1.3bn white elephant T2 at Dublin Airport. The existing terminal (with the new Pier D) now has capacity for 30m passengers p.a. This year Dublin Airport's traffic will fall to just 20m. In 2010 it will fall to less than 18m passengers, while the DAA opens a €1.3bn new terminal that the airlines neither want, nor need." , adding that T2 should either be moth balled or converted into a shopping mall or conference centre where it might serve some use.