Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ryanair fares rocket within hours of Euro play-off draw

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary

Independent.ie Reporters

RYANAIR has quadrupled the price of flights to the Estonian capital Tallinn, within hours of Ireland been drawn against Estonia in the Euro 2012 play-offs next month.

Flights to the do-or-die match on November 11 have rocketed from €72.98 to €278, following the draw at noon today.

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And outraged Fine Gael Deputy for Mayo, John O’Mahony, has slammed the move:

“Not for the first time, Ryanair is penalising Irish soccer supporters by increasing the cost of flights, in this case, to Estonia for next month’s European Championship play-off.

“Less than an hour since the draw was made to determine who will face who in the Championship match on the 11th November, Ryanair fares to the capital of Estonia, Talllin, have increased dramatically.

“I understand that Ryanair is running a commercial enterprise but it seems desperately unfair that a flight that could have been booked for around €70 this morning will now set supporters back the best part of €300.

“This is the biggest game for Ireland since we played France two years ago and Irish fans will be eager to attend to ensure the greatest possible level of support for the team. ‘’

The draw was the preferred option for Irish fans as Estonia are regarded as the weakest of the eight teams in contention

Tuesday`s win over Armenia ensured Giovanni Trapattoni`s men finished second in Group B and they were paired off with the Group C runners-up in this afternoon`s draw.

Estonia have never reached the finals of a major tournament, and this is Tarmo Ruutli`s side`s first play-off appearance.

Ireland have played in five-play offs before, winning just once, while their last appearance ended in acrimony when they were knocked out by France following a controversial handball by Thierry Henry ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

The first leg will take pGiovanni Trapattonilace in Estonia on either November 11 or 12, with the return leg at Dublin`s Aviva Stadium on November 15.

Estonia finished 10 points behind group winners Italy in qualifying, with six of their points coming courtesy of wins over Northern Ireland.

The Republic emerged from a tough group containing winners Russia and the likes of Armenia and Slovakia to secure second spot by four points.

They have only reached the European Championship finals once before - in West Germany in 1988 - but will be relatively pleased to have drawn Estonia.

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