INDEPENDENT Irish airline Ryanair, is threatening to transfer operations to London Stansted, as part of a protest over charges levied by Irish airports authority, Aer Rianta at Dublin Airport.

Incoming Ryanair chairman Tony Ryan, the former boss of leasing giant GPA, has launched a campaign for a second Dublin airport, but says that a move to Stansted is possible if he fails to get a favourable reply from the Irish Government by 30 November.

Ryan says that he has backing to build the airport at Baldonnel, now used by the Irish Air Corps. "It is important for the development of the company that we begin servicing European routes. But the charges at Dublin Airport are too high for us to do it from there", he says.

Ryan operates domestic and UK services, and one European route.

Source: Flight International