Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Ryanair's O'Leary may move Derry flights to Belfast unless passenger duty is cut

By John Mulgrew

Published 20/09/2016

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary speaks to the media at a Press conference at Titanic Belfast.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary speaks to the media at a Press conference at Titanic Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary speaks to the media at a Press conference at Titanic Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary says remaining domestic flights from City of Derry airport could be moved to Belfast unless Stormont cuts air passenger duty.

Mr O'Leary said if the Executive had removed the £13 a flight duty, Ryanair would not have cut its City of Derry to Stansted flights.

He says the low cost airline would have added a fourth plane to Belfast if the UK hadn't voted for Brexit.

"We were certainly planning to put a fourth aircraft in to Belfast International. We have been made nervous by Brexit," he said.

Mr O'Leary says the scrapping of APD would be "huge" and could double the number of passengers flying in to Belfast through Ryanair.

"If APD had been scrapped we wouldn't be closing the Derry to Londonderry route," he said.

He believes a combined £16m aimed at boosting City of Derry airport and subsidising the United Belfast to Newark route could be better spent on dealing with the loss of APD.

Speaking about the United route, he said: "They throw more good money after bad."

"That 1.1 million passengers would double to 2 million, just from Ryanair, if APD was scrapped."

Online Editors

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph