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Saturday 25 February 2017

O'Leary lobbied Noonan for action on DAA

Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

'O'Leary said he
'O'Leary said he "urgently" asked that the Government "prevent its own airport monopoly from raising prices at a time when traffic is reaching record levels".' Photo: Getty

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary asked Finance Minister Michael Noonan to act on what O'Leary said was "price gouging" by the Dublin Airport Authority.

O'Leary wrote Noonan a letter in November saying the DAA was threatening to increase airport passenger charges if it was not allowed to recover discounts previously offered to airlines.

O'Leary said he "urgently" asked that the Government "prevent its own airport monopoly from raising prices at a time when traffic is reaching record levels".

The letter was released to this newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act.

The matter was the subject of a review by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and was subsequently resolved to the satisfaction of both the airline and the DAA. Charges can go up only if traffic hits 25 million, to allow the cost of a new runway for which planning permission has been granted to be passed on.

"Passenger charges currently stand at approximately €9.87 per passenger, this figure is not increasing - the only time it may increase is when the trigger for the new runway is activated," a DAA spokeswoman said.

Ryanair this weekend declined to comment.

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