Thursday 22 February 2018

Ryanair seeking alternative car hire partner as Hertz pulls ties with budget airline

Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Ryanair customers can no longer book hire cars through the airline’s website after Hertz pulled its tie-in with the airline in a surprise move today.

In hard hitting comments Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said the airline has instructed its lawyers to issue proceedings against Hertz, alleging the move was a breach of contract.

The company is now seeking an alternative car hire partner, though that could take months.

Customers who have already booked cars will not be affected, and can still make changes to previous bookings, Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said.

Its understood the row has erupted because Ryanair tickets, which used only to be available direct from the company, can now be booked through travel agents using third party global distribution systems (GDS).

Hertz is understood to have alleged that Ryanair’s agreement with third party ticket distributors represents a breach of contract.

Ryanair said it disputes that.

Ryanair said it received notice this morning from Hertz “purporting to terminate” their  exclusive car hire supply agreement with effect from midday.

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