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Ryanair blackmails Spain PDF
Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Ryanair is threatening to reduce services in Spain unless fines against the company are waived. The Irish budget airline never stops in its relentless drive to annoy absolutely everybody, does it?

Ryanair really do take the biscuit and CEO Michael O’Leary is so arrogant it’s unbelievable! Their latest trick is to threaten to reduce the number of routes to and from Spain and the numbers of people employed in Spain unless 65 fines totalling 1.23 million euros issued against the airline are removed.

In a letter to the Minister for Industry, Miguel Sebastián, O’Leary asks for an urgent meeting ‘to put an end to these unjust fines and guarantee that the regulatory bodies support the multimillion euro investments being made in Spanish airports and tourism, instead of putting the growth of Ryanair in danger with unfounded fines’.

O’Leary claims the regulatory bodies do not contact the airline until the fine is issued and describes their action as ‘disproportionate and discriminatory’, claiming they have ‘a vindictive policy’.

Currently Ryanair operates from 44 bases, offers more than 1,500 flights and forecasts it will transport 73 million passengers this year, 30 million of them in Spain. Last summer Ryanair overtook Iberia as the largest airline in Spain and ended the year with a 30% growth in passenger numbers at 22.89 million.

Consumer watchdog FACUA has described the Ryanair move as ‘blackmail’. It notes the airline committed 65 infractions in two years, although none of them were safety-related. FACUA considers that the blackmail comes ‘as a consequence of the weakness of the Government and the Autonomous Regions in the face of Ryanair’s continuous frauds’.

Meanwhile the OCU Consumers Union in Spain has warned the Government that they will take them to court if they give in to the blackmail from Ryanair.

© Paul Whitelock

Tags:  Ryanair, budget airline, low-cost airline, fine, Michael O'Leary, Minister for Industry, Miguel Sebastián, Consumer watchdog, FACUA, blackmail, OCU, Consumers Union, paul whitelock,


Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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