Low-cost airline Ryanair has accused Dublin Airport of “price gouging” for walking costs and said the airport was “mismanaged” after the weekend’s travel chaos.
The low-cost airline said the DAA is targeting an 88 per cent price increase on “its already high” Dublin airport charges from 2023, Ryanair said on Monday, which the airline has rejected.
Minister of State for International Transport Hildegarde Naughton meets outgoing DAA chief Dalton Philips this morning to discuss the crisis at the airport.
The news follows an admission by DAA spokesman Kevin Cullinane on RTE radio that “well over 1,000” people missed flights on Sunday after queuing at security and outside the airport.
More than 50,000 people passed through the airport on Sunday, with a higher number expected during the June bank holiday weekend. DAA has pledged to hire an additional 370 security guards by early July and could update its travel advice this week.
The airport authority will also deliver a new runway in the coming months and plans to invest 2 billion euros in the deal.
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Ryanair DAC chief Eddie Wilson said the 88 per cent price increase was “unjustified and unjustified”.
He said the airport’s “extravagant” capital plan included “gilded” and unnecessary structures, including “tunnels under runways,” that would increase costs for airlines and passengers.
“Dublin Airport has the facilities to increase traffic over the new second runway, but this growth can only be achieved with lower airport charges and lower air fares,” he said in a statement.
“The DAA has mismanaged the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and is now seeking to jeopardize the future growth and development of Irish tourism with this price-gouging proposal for an 88 per cent increase in airport charges, which it seeks to justify, by proposing ridiculous spending on unnecessary ‘runway tunnels’ that Dublin’s airlines and Dublin’s passengers don’t need and can’t afford.
“The DAA should instead focus on fixing recruitment to provide efficient customer service through security, rather than inventing new fees for facilities that no one wants and that hurt tourism recovery.”
Ryanair is urging Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to step in to halt cost hikes and prevent a “slump in traffic” at the airport.
A government-funded traffic restoration stimulus program that was used to reduce airport fees during the pandemic expires at the end of the year.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/ryanair-accuses-dublin-airport-of-mismanagement-as-it-rejects-higher-charges-41702272.html Ryanair accuses Dublin airport of “mismanagement” as it refuses higher fees