Ryanair (Dublin) has announced a 40 percent cut and the loss of 10 routes from Budapest due to increased airport costs. The airline issued the following statement:
Ryanair on November 22 has announced 40% cuts at its Budapest base with the closure of 10 routes and loss of over 280 weekly flights from January 10, 2013 after the Hochtief-run airport increased charges, refused to provide efficient facilities and failed to offer a competitive cost base for future growth offered by Ryanair. Ryanair’s Budapest traffic will fall by 800,000 passengers per year (from 2 million to 1.2 million passengers) leading to the loss of up to 800 “on-site” jobs.
Hochtief’s failure to agree a long term growth deal with Europe’s largest airline is further proof that Budapest Airport has no interest growing Hungarian tourism, traffic and jobs as it repeatedly increases charges even as its traffic declines. This was confirmed by Patrick Bohl (Budapest Airport) who recently admitted that ‘budget airline’ passengers pay more than Malev transfer passengers, with Budapest enjoying “probably the best recovery any airport has seen when they lost a national carrier.”
These Budapest cuts (effective January 10, 2013) will include:
- 5 to 3 based aircraft
- 30 routes to 20 (down 33%).
- From over 280 weekly flights to less than 170 (down 40%).
- 2 million to 1.2 million passengers per year (down 40%).
- Frequency cuts on 9 of 20 other routes
- The loss of 800,000 passengers per year and 800 “on-site” jobs at Budapest Airport.
Ryanair regrets these cuts and confirms that they can be reversed if a competitive cost offer and efficient facilities become available at Budapest Airport.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EMA (msn 35032) arrives at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight.