Ryanair is to withdraw from Lubeck as part of its plans for the winter season, following the German airport operator’s filing for insolvency.
The Irish budget carrier’s decision, for which it cites “commercial reasons”, is described by airport manager Sigmar Weegen as “very annoying”.
Ryanair services have linked the northern German regional airport with Milan Bergamo, Palma de Mallorca and Pisa.
All routes are “well utilised”, insists Lubeck operator Yasmina, which says the airport-airline contract had not been due to end until 2016.
On 23 April, a district court in Lubeck ordered preliminary insolvency proceedings for Yasmina.
The Hanseatic city’s government had in January 2013 sold Lubeck airport to Egyptian entrepreneur Mohamad Radyamar. Yasmina was established as a subsidiary of Radyamar’s investment firm 3Y.
Earlier this year, however, Radyamar sold his stake in 3Y to Berlin-based businessman Adam Wagner. Lubeck airport said in a statement on 22 April that it had been unable to make contact with Wagner since the ownership change.
Lubeck is located approximately 50km (30mi) northeast of Hamburg. Central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air continues to operate from Lubeck, which in 2013 handled around 370,000 passengers.