Ryanair to cease Italian domestic operations from January
Ryanair yesterday gave one month's notice of its intention to temporarily stop domestic operations from its ten Italian bases as of January 23 next. The move comes as a result of the lifting of injunctions Ryanair had obtained against ENAC the Italian Aviation Authority which required Ryanair to accept what it terms "unsecure forms of ID" for domestic passengers. The original Ordinanzas from ENAC allowed passengers to present various forms of ID including AT/BT Cards, Employment IDs and Italian Fishing Licences when travelling on domestic flights. Ryanair contends that since it operates a 100% web based check in system, it is imperative for the security and safety of the aircraft and travelling public that passengers agree to produce either a passport or EU National Identity card at the boarding gate on departure. This is one of the terms and conditions which has to be agreed to before a ticket sale can be completed on the Ryanair web site.
Ryanair says that it was taken unawares when ENAC introduced two Ordinanzas on November 11 and 12 last which would have the effect of imprisoning Ryanair's handling staff if they refuse to accept other forms of passenger ID. As a result Ryanair says that it will temporarily suspend all dometic Italian flights until such a time as it can be assured that the safety and security of its operations can be guaranteed to be free of intereference by ENAC.