Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair plans to announce the closure of a number of bases in Europe over the next two weeks. In addition, Brussels Airport is coming into view, Michael O’Leary, the CEO of the Ryanair group, told a number of French-language media from Dublin. Activities in Charleroi could also be scaled down.
O’Leary argues that there will be no growth at all in Belgium over the next twelve months. In principle, the low-cost airline will have two planes at Brussels Airport and about fifteen at Charleroi Airport during the winter season.
Though that could still change. “Zaventem is certainly one of the airports where we seriously question our presence,” said the CEO on Friday. “I can’t guarantee you that we won’t close that coming winter.”
O’Leary is bored with the Belgian flight tax, which was introduced in April. For every passenger departing on Belgian soil, an airline has to pay 2 to 10 euros, depending on the flight distance.
“Our planes are going to where there is growth and where our low-cost model is facilitated,” said O’Leary.
“If we get a better deal with another airport, we’ll move.” (belga)