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Ryanair axes 9 of its 10 Manchester services

Ryanair is closing nine of its 10 routes at Manchester Airport on 1 October and switch them to East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool.

The low-cost carrier says the shift will result in the loss of 44 weekly Manchester flights, 600,000 passengers annually and up to 600 local jobs.

Ryanair blames Manchester Airport for refusing to lower its charges to reflect the lower fares being paid by passengers in the current recession.

Manchester routes that face the chop are to/from Barcelona (Girona), Bremen, Brussels (Charleroi), Cagliari, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Frankfurt (Hahn), Marseille, Milan (Bergamo) and Shannon.

Passengers affected will be emailed directly by Ryanair and provided with a full refund or the alternative of flying to some destinations from competing airports in East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool.

The move comes closely after Ryanair announcing new bases at Leeds Bradford and Porto.

Ryanair’s spokesman Stephen McNamara said:“Ryanair continues to lower fares to encourage travel, but with passengers paying lower fares airports must lower their charges – particularly high cost airports like Manchester, London (Stansted) and Dublin. Ryanair had offered new routes, traffic and growth to Manchester Airport but since they prefer to preserve their high cost base than to grow, Ryanair will now switch/close nine Manchester routes to East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool from 1st October next resulting in the loss of 600,000 passengers p.a. and up to 600 jobs at Manchester.

“Ryanair will continue to grow at low cost airports which work with us to deliver the low fares required to keep passengers flying during this recession. Ryanair apologises to passengers affected by these cancellations and will contact them in the coming weeks to provide them with a full refund or a switch to similar flights to/from lower cost airports in the region.â€

When you can't hit up your ATM house for a quick break, well, it says volumes about the real economy.

Bricks and mortar are just that. Inanimate, near worthless objects, especially when you can't speculate on the land underneath them any more.

Oh well. Meh.

Despite the money brought in, I can assure you that in due time, chavvy destinations like the costa's will fill up with Chinese and others who do have money, and the locals will be glad to see the back of the Burberry clad, beer bellied yob Brits booze tourism trade.

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They only started flying out of Birmingham (to a destination other than Dublin) in Oct 2008. They now fly to more than 20 destination from Brum. Methinks this has been in the planning for a while.

That gob****e O'Leary is 'blaming' the decision on Manchester but he swaps 'bases' frequently to get the lowest fees.

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They only started flying out of Birmingham (to a destination other than Dublin) in Oct 2008. They now fly to more than 20 destination from Brum. Methinks this has been in the planning for a while.

That gob****e O'Leary is 'blaming' the decision on Manchester but he swaps 'bases' frequently to get the lowest fees.

Although I despise his politics and slimy persona, I do admire his moxy.

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Don't let the door hit your ar5e on the way out O'leary.

Manchester is a proper big airport, not one of your out of town regional airfields that no-one can get to.

You won't be missed. Try Speke. ;)

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Manchester seem to have plenty of flights still. A friend of my mother's is having to go to Manchester this winter to get a flight to Almeria in spain. Monarch, bmibaby,etc. have NO flights from B'ham to Almeria Nov 2009 to March 2010.

Even flights to that winter 'pensioner's paradise,' Faro on the Algarve, are down to 3 / 4 days a week this winter at the most.

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Personally I'd love to see air travel 10x more expensive and Manchester reduced to a couple of flights a day. I live in the Peak District and the sky is full (at least one per minute) of the noisy, air polluting, chav sky wagons.

Holidays? Let them go to Tenby.

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