Ryanair cuts 8 routes at Edinburgh

Ryanair will cut eight more routes from its Edinburgh base resulting in 60 fewer weekly flights from October 2012 citing a refusal by BAA Edinburgh to offer a competitive cost base to enable further growth.

Ryanair says its Edinburgh traffic will fall by 500,000 passengers a year (from 1.8 million to 1.3 million).

The routes to be cut are those to Bratislava, Bremen, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Kaunas, Lodz and Poznan. These follow the closure of five routes from Ryanair’s Edinburgh summer schedule.

Ryanair says that it warned of deeper cuts to the winter schedule if BAA Edinburgh failed to agree an extension to the five-year base agreement (which expires in Oct 2012) on “more competitive terms”. The airline adds that it regrets the cuts and confirms that they “can be reversed if a competitive and realistic cost offer becomes available from BAA Edinburgh”.

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