Ryanair and easyJet spark airport price war
Ryanair and easyJet have triggered a price war among Britain’s regional airports as the site operators fight to keep traffic this coming winter.
Ryanair said yesterday that it would end nine of its ten Manchester routes after the airport refused to cut its charges sufficiently. The airline’s decision comes after cuts to its base at Stansted, as well as Dublin, in favour of cheaper airports elsewhere in the UK and on the Continent.
Airports are understood to be offering budget carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet extremely low landing charges, and sometimes free access, to try to keep passenger numbers up. This is particularly important for mid-sized regional airports, which need a certain level of traffic to make money from their retailing and parking operations.
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