20 DECEMBER 2010
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Ryanair has blamed the new German airport tax for a decision to axe 34 routes from its schedule next summer. Flights from Liverpool to Bremen and Birmingham to Dusseldorf are among those to be scrapped as a result of Germany’s €8 (£6.79) tax on flights, which comes into effect at the start of January.
Four routes go from Berlin, eight from Bremen, 13 from Weeze and nine from Hahn.
Ryanair flights between Kerry in Ireland and Dusseldorf will also be stopped as part of reductions in its German operation. How much is due to poor passenger numbers on the routes is difficult to discern but the loss of service, unless taken up by another carrier, will affect the airport passenger throughput. Ryanair’s cancelling of Stansted to Newquay services is the main factor in a 20% drop in numbers at the Cornwall airport. Stansted itself is substantially down mainly due to the reduction of Ryanair flights. www.ryanair.com
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