Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, has said that Greece elected “a bunch of lunatics”. In an outburst of solidarity with EU taxpayers, O’Leary said “You can’t be bloody retiring, sitting in a cafe drinking coffee and expecting the Germans or the Irish or the Portuguese to pay for you.” At the same time, cheap flyer Ryanair tried for one more time to take advantage of the Greek economic situation and said that it would join the initiative of Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos to offer very cheap tickets from €0-€10 for the month of July, if Ryanair is exempted from free and airport taxes.
Telegraph – Ryanair chief: Syriza are “a bunch of lunatics”
Michael O’ Leary said “You can’t be bloody retiring, sitting in a cafe drinking coffee and expecting the Germans or the Irish or the Portuguese to pay for you.”
Ryanair has been forced to take cash from Greeks to pay for tickets as their cards are not working due to capital controls.
“The Greek situation is a tragedy, the difficulty for the Greeks is that they think that just by electing a bunch of lunatics you’re going to get away from austerity.
“As we learned from our pain in Ireland, you can talk tough all you like but when next week you have to borrow from the Germans to pay the teachers and the pensions and everything else, at some point you run out of road.
“I think the results of the Greek election is a tragedy and I think the Tsipras-ers are a bunch of nutters.
“They are making a bunch of promises to their people about public pay and public pension, which our government found a number of years ago you can’t honour unless you borrow from the Germans.
“If you want to borrow from the Germans, you have to take the medicine.”
While the notorious Irish Scrooge is allegedly talking with the Greek government “lunatics” for the Athens Airport July Action , we should reckon, that back in April 2013, Ryanair had tried to blackmail benefits and preferential treatment from Athens Airport promising travelers vs airport tax & fees reduction.
Low cost airline Ryanair promised to bring 10 million tourists to Greece within the next three years, should Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” reduce taxes and fees. Ryanair asked Eleftherios Venizelos to decrease the tax from current 12 euro per passenger down to 5 euro and bring it down to zero in other, peripheral airports.
Ryanair had described the tax policy of Athens International Airport as the “biggest problem for the tourism growth in the Greek capital,” and had also expressed fears that the privatizations of Greek regional airports [planned at that time] “would lead to charge increases and make them uncompetitive too.” (full story KTG 25. April 2013)
The answer from Athens International Airport came very quickly: it rejected Ryanair’s proposals saying that the “AIA has chosen to actively support the airlines investing in ongoing, long-term presence, aiming at development.” also then Development Minister had apparently rejected Ryanair’s “promising plan.” (full story KTG 25. April 2013)
PS May I ask who is the lunatic here?