‘Totally untrue’ – Michael O’Leary denies Ryanair raised prices for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says it’s “completely untrue” that his airline is raising prices for refugees fleeing the war.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Ireland, Larysa Gerasko, yesterday said the airline has raised prices from Poland and that she is waiting for a meeting with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan on the matter and after writing to Ryanair , she received no response .

Speaking about the allegations at Cheltenham today, Mr O’Leary said: “[It’s] completely untrue, we have very low fares matches to and from Poland.

“All the airports we checked and all the flights are filling up and when they fill up they pay the highest fares. But we have fares for today, tomorrow and in the coming days of €20 one way, €50 one way. There are loads of cheap flights out there. “

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Asked by if people are paying these higher fares because flights are in demand due to the war, the Ryanair CEO said: “Each flight fills up a few seats. Finally, higher ticket prices, that’s how we sell. multiple seats for €20 and €30”.

Ambassador Gerasko welcomed proposals for a formal arrangement from Poland, which came from Sinn Féin TD John Brady at the European Union affairs committee at Leinster House yesterday.

“We are very grateful for that, because it is very difficult to buy tickets from Warsaw or from Krakow to Dublin,” she said.

“And what’s more, I can’t deal with this with Ryanair because they’ve raised their prices and unfortunately.”

Independent Senator Sharon Keogan, who hosted a Dáil collection for Ukraine last week, interrupted: “It’s unforgivable. It really is unforgivable. ”

Ms. Gerasko said she would “certainly raise this issue” when she meets with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan when he returns from St. Patrick’s Day duties abroad.

She added: “Unfortunately, our request, or our letter (to Ryanair) never received any response, I would say, from Ryanair, because we were sent this letter, it seems to me, a week ago.”

Sen. Fianna Fáil Gerry Horkan said Ryanair should now offer free flights, rather than raise prices in response to the refugee crisis.

However, when asked today if Ryanair would do anything to help refugees travel across Europe, Mr O’Leary said: “We’ve brought thousands of refugees across Europe.”

He added: “It is completely untrue that we raised fares in Poland.

“We have cheap fares for today, tomorrow and the next day. But if a flight that fills two seats ends up being sold at a higher fare, that’s the way the business is.” ‘Totally untrue’ – Michael O’Leary denies Ryanair raised prices for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war

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