Ryanair turns back on Eindhoven airport

Ryanair is dropping plans to develop a second hub at Eindhoven airport because of cabinet plans to impose an extra €11.25 environmental charge on all air tickets, news agency ANP reports.

The agency says Ryanair commercial director David Gering told BNR radio that passengers would opt for nearby airports in Belgium and Germany because of the extra tax.
Ryanair will carry around one million passengers via Eindhoven this year and had expected to double that by making the airport a main base. That move would have created one thousand jobs, the airport authority said.
At the time the new tax was announced, the European airline association warned that jobs would be at risk and the tax would contribute ‘absolutely nothing’ to reducing greenhouse gases.
Eindhoven airport commercial director Joost Meijs told ANP that the airport is still in talks with the surrounding local authorities about extending the operating times. Ryanair included earlier and later opening hours and weekend flying in its conditions for developing the hub.

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