17 SEPTEMBER 2018
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Michael O’Leary himself was on hand last week to launch Ryanair’s summer 2019 flight programme, the largest ever through the nation’s capital.
Five suitable London airports will be served, including Southend for the first time, with a total of 23 new routes being introduced, bringing the total up to 180 in total.
O’Leary used the opportunity to again blast the British government on a number of aviation matters.
Last week Ryanair submitted a complaint to the European Commission over discrimination by UK air traffic controller NATS at Stansted, who refused, according to Ryanair, to explain why 52% of all London ATC delays in Q1 were at Stansted while there was zero such delays at Heathrow and just 10% at Gatwick where (NATS’ shareholders) BA and easyJet are the main airlines.
Mr O’Leary has always been against Brexit and was outspoken with his rhetoric. “We remain concerned at the increasing risk of a hard (no-deal) Brexit in March 2019. While we hope that a 21-month transition agreement from March 2019 will be agreed, recent events in the UK have added uncertainty, and we believe that the risk of a hard Brexit (which could lead to flights being grounded for a period of days or weeks) is being underestimated.” This is a downgrading of his previous stance suggesting no flights.
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Stephen Hillcoat, Turkey
Although to be fair, NATS did issue a clinical rebuttal