Ryanair slashes presence in Gothenburg

Carrier was competing on route with Norwegian, BA
Budget carrier Ryanair says it will halve its flights between Gothenburg and London in October, from the current 18 per week, a move it blames on high airport fees at the Swedavia-operated airport.
“The cuts are a result of Swedavia’s decision to raise its airport charges,” Ryanair spokesperson Robin Kiely told Göteborgs-Posten. “That makes the airport less attractive to us and we encourage them to lower their fees to promote traffic, roads and job growth.”
But Charlotte Ljunggren, director at the city’s Landvetter airport, denies the fees have been raised: “We have not raised any charges. We are actively working to keep them down to be as competitive as possible. This year we have reduced the fees by around 7%.”
She added: “If you look at comparable airports in Oslo and Copenhagen, we are almost 20% lower for those charges. So I don’t understand [Ryanair’s] reasoning.”
Norwegian and British Airways fly the same route, the former doubling its flights to London, so a variety of choice is still available on the route.
Göteborgs-Posten / The Local

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