21 FEBRUARY 2011

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Article from BTNews 21 FEBRUARY 2011

Ryanair in Barcelona pull out

Barcelona is what Ryanair would like the public to call Girona Airport, 50 miles to the North East, and a good hour’s drive away.  At the end of February it is to make a major retraction of services at Barcelona (Girona), reducing its fleet by five and closing 18 routes and reducing frequencies on a further 17.  Five aircraft will be re-located.

Ryanair is blaming the new government of Catalonia in failing to honour the five-year extension agreement it says it reached with the outgoing administration in December.  As often is the case Ryanair has put out a most preposterous claim saying that 1.7m passengers and 1,700 jobs would be lost.  At five operational crews per aircraft and six flying personnel Ryanair will reduce its base staff by about 150.

Besides Girona, Ryanair also operates from Reus, which it also calls Barcelona and is 70 miles south west of the city, and since September El Prat Barcelona’s main airport.  Its future plans in the region remain to be unfurled. www.ryanair.com

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