Ryanair cuts seats from Athens, fires shots

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ALEXAN­DRA KASSIMI

Ryanair an­nounced yes­ter­day it is cut­ting its seat avail­abil­ity from Athens by 22 per­cent this win­ter, and also crit­i­cized the gov­ern­ment on its pol­icy and Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port for its charges.

The Ir­ish com­pany, which is the sec­ond big­gest user of AIA af­ter the Aegean Group, is again launch­ing an of­fen­sive against the Greek gov­ern­ment for not re­spond­ing to its growth pro­pos­als as well as for de­lays in work on the run­way at Thes­sa­loniki Air­port that have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the re­duc­tion of seat avail­abil­ity, chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer David O’Brien stated.

The Thes­sa­loniki works and the ter­mi­na­tion of the Athens-Paphos route have also re­sulted in the re­duc­tion of Ryanair seat avail­abil­ity by 17 per­cent from Athens and 7 per­cent from Thes­sa­loniki for this sum­mer. Ryanair is fur­ther cut­ting seat ca­pac­ity by 5 per­cent from San­torini, 11 per­cent from Cephalo­nia, 15 per­cent from Rhodes, 17 per­cent from Corfu and 100 per­cent from Kos.

How­ever, it is in­creas­ing seat avail­abil­ity for this sum­mer from My­conos, by 39 per­cent, and from Ha­nia, by 4 per­cent, while start­ing two new in­ter­na­tional routes from Athens this win­ter, to Ka­tow­ice and Krakow, fly­ing to those Pol­ish cities twice a week.

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