Ryanair threatens to leave Zaventem | Inland

Ryanair threatens to leave Zaventem | Inland
Ryanair threatens to leave Zaventem | Inland

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 also in the sights, CEO Michael O’Leary told a number of French-language media from Dublin on Friday. Activities in Charleroi could be scaled down.

O’Leary does not see any growth in Belgium in the next twelve months, he told ‘L’Echo’, ‘La Libre Belgique’ and ‘Le Vif’. In principle, the low-cost airline will have two planes at Brussels Airport during the winter season and about fifteen at Charleroi Airport.

Though that could still change. “Zaventem is certainly one of the airports where we seriously question our presence,” said the CEO. “I can’t guarantee you that we won’t close it next winter. We are also thinking about removing planes from Charleroi.”

For the possible phasing out in Belgium, O’Leary refers to the Belgian flight tax that 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. O’Leary, who called the tax “sh*t”, criticized, among other things, that it does not apply to transfer passengers. There is also a rate increase at Brussels Airport, according to the Ryanair CEO.

“Our planes are going 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.”

The interviews also discussed the lawsuit brought by 48 Belgian-based pilots against Ryanair for wanting their wages restored after agreeing to a 20 percent pay cut during the corona crisis.

“Belgian pilots have accepted a plan that would see their wages restored with indexation included, and now they want their wages restored with inflation on top,” said Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair airline (O’Leary is CEO). of the group, ed.). “They signed that agreement. We can’t wait to go to court.” According to Wilson, the case was started by a quarter of the pilots in Belgium, while the ACV trade union was talking about about half: 48 of the approximately 100 pilots.

The Irish budget airline carried 16.9 million travelers in August. This set a new record for the fourth month in a row. O’Leary expects a billion euros profit this year and wants to increase capacity across the network before the winter. At the same time, the CEO expressed concern about the impact of a possible recession and high inflation.

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