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Article from BTNews 3 NOVEMBER 2014

Ryanair axes route + legal problems

Londonderry to Birmingham has been quietly axed by Ryanair.  Prospective passengers cannot book after 20 November.  Whilst the airline is keen to promote new destinations and sales it is less keen to tell customers when it drops a route.  An industry trait.

It is understood the decision was made by the airline after it recently reviewed its winter network. 

In a statement, a spokesperson for City of Derry Airport said: "This is clearly disappointing news for the airport and for those passengers that are booked onto services that will now not operate and who regularly use the route.”  It is understood that the airport is in discussion with a number of other carriers whose aircraft will potentially be better suited to service the Birmingham route.

Ryanair is also facing a £6.5m penalty after losing an appeal against a decision that it broke French labour laws.  The carrier was found guilty of paying workers under Irish contracts to save money on payroll and other taxes.  The appeal ruling was issued a year after the original decision went against Ryanair.

At that time, the company said that the majority of the financial penalties related to alleged non-payment of social insurance and state pension contributions in France for Ryanair crews.  www.ryanair.com

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