The low-cost airline Ryanair announced yesterday in a press release that it will leave Northern Ireland. From October 30, it will be necessary to use another airline to reach destinations such as Belfast. A decision that will directly impact Belfast airport, but also Northern Irish users and travelers from Europe, used to regularly take the routes of the company.
For them, this decision would have been motivated by several factors. To begin with, the Covid-19 crisis would have made the company lose huge amounts of money. Hence the need to restructure and limit costs.
In addition, “the British government’s refusal to suspend or reduce ADP (air ticket tax) and the lack of incentives for recovery after Covid on the part of Belfast airports“.
For Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary, Boris Johnson’s government is the main responsible for this decision. The lack of flexibility on ADP and the policy of Belfast airport would make Ryanair’s presence on the Northern Irish tarmac much too expensive.
The planes that were based in Northern Ireland will be relocated to less expensive airports in the UK and Europe for the winter season starting in November,” Ryanair said.
Belfast Airport, for its part, was disappointed by this decision, but assured that it had anticipated the news, and had already approached other airlines, in order to ensure the continuity of flights previously provided by Ryanair.