Ryanair blames German tax for 30 per cent flight cut at Frankfurt Hahn
Ryanair today announced 30% flight cuts and the loss of 1 million passengers at its Frankfurt Hahn base from summer 2011 following the introduction of the German Govt’s €8 flight tax.
Ryanair’s summer 2011 schedule will be cut from 11 to 8 based aircraft with 30% fewer flights (from 532 to 382 flights) each week. The number of destinations served will be down from 54 to 45, the company said. Agadir, Berlin (from 10thJan 2011), Gdansk, Gothenburg, Klagenfurt, Prague, Santiago, Seville and Wroclaw will be cut, while 15 other routes will suffer reduced frequencies.
As a direct result of the new tax Frankfurt Hahn’s traffic will decline by one million passengers a year, leading to the loss of 1000 jobs in Hahn including 150 Ryanair pilots and cabin crew jobs.
Speaking in Frankfurt, Ryanair’s Michael Cawley said today: “International experience shows that tourist taxes have caused substantial traffic collapse in both Ireland and the UK this year and we believe that this ill advised €8 tourist tax will do similar damage to German tourism and jobs. Ryanair will move these three aircraft to Ryanair bases outside Germany which welcome tourists instead of taxing them.”