Aviation: ryanair axes 48 flights

Ryanair is slashing the number of flights out of Dublin airport from next January. A total of 48 flights will be scrapped, including services to Cork, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

The airline said this would result in a reduction of 380,000 passengers and said that higher airport charges were to blame for the cuts. Chief executive Michael O'Leary called on the Government to mothball or sell Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 and also repeated the airline's call for the €10 travel tax to be scrapped.

The Ryanair chief also said an IMF solution is the only way out for Ireland and the sooner it happens, the better, so 'sacred cows like partnership' get scrapped.

Beginning in the New Year, Ryanair will halve the number of weekly flights it operates between Dublin and Cork from 28 to 14, while the number of flights between Dublin and Edinburgh will be chopped from 46 to 34.

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