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Ryanair to cut flights to Athens amid high touristic demand

“We have good and bad news for Greece. The good news is that we add four new routes from Athens airport in winter 2017. Unfortunately, Ryanair will make a reduction of  Athens traffic by 22% for the winter 2017,” the Commercial director of low cost airline, David O’ Brien, told Greek news website newmoney.gr

Reason for the cuts are delays in the construction works at the runway of Thessaloniki airport and the absence of response by the Greek government to Ryanair’s development proposals.

“The situation in Greece is chaotic and any programming can be reversed at any time,” O Brien said adding “Only a few days after we announced last September the increase of available positions in Thessaloniki by 14% for  summer  2017, the temporary closure of the runway in Macedonia airport was announced, something that would cause the reduction of the flights capacity.”

According to O’ Brien, Rynair reduced the flights to Thessaloniki for next summer but then “in December the government announced that the runway will operate as usual.”

Newmoney.gr notes that the flights cuts come at a time when tour operators speak of a large tourism increase in 2017,  with a high demand in bookings and the consequent increase of the available seats by all airlines.

The website stresses that the cuts are part of  the usual “aggressive” policy of Ryanair towards Greece.

Ryanair’s aggressive policy is nothing new. The low cost airline has been pushing for tax and fee exceptions from the Athens Airport.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, xalled the Greek government as “lunatics” and “nutters.”In Summer 2015,

O’ Leary had said that Greece elected “a bunch of lunatics”. In an outburst of what it seemed 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, 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.

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3 comments

  1. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Thanks Ryan! Any reduction of air-traffic on German run airports is good, he can use real Greek destinations instead.
    Even to land in Turkey and take a boat from there is better than using an airport run by Frankfurt Subways.

  2. “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.”

    this is a nonsensical piece coming from an ignorant.Someone tell this delusional o’leary that I am a Greek pensioner who has paid contributions during all my working life to get my pension. No one else has paid towards my pension contributions.

    • Giaourti Giaourtaki

      It’s this kind of exploiters and bloodsuckers that someday might consider to finance power-crazed bastards, yet he’s just thinking that his costumers think the same way and he’s his own sweet promo-model