Ryanair blames Government for continued decline in Irish market
Ryanair published today what it claims is “irrefutable evidence that the Irish Government is responsible for the collapse in Irish tourism”. Citing a report by RDC Aviation which shows that Irish airport seat capacity in the period January to April 2010 fell by just over 700,000 seats from the 2009 figure of just over 5m, the carrier says that growth at European airports has returned to all but those applying government travel taxes. According to Ryanair, the Irish, UK and French markets continue in decline whilst those in Spain, Belgium and Holland have returned to growth.
Commenting on the report, Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said “Ireland’s traffic and tourism decline will increase when charges at the DAA Monopoly rocket by over 40% in October as the Dept of Transport rewards the DAA for its traffic decline and the €1.2bn white elephant, T2. Unfortunately 2010 will be even worse than 2009 in terms of lost visitors, jobs and tourism revenues in Ireland. It is time to axe this stupid €10 tourist tax and slash the DAA’s high fees."