Updated on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 – 13:59
Eddie Wilson, CEO of Ryanair
The Irish airline Ryanair, leader in traffic in Spain, has asked the Government to approve an incentive plan that includes a reduction in Aena’s airport charges, so that “Spain be more competitive “ and to stimulate demand and recover connectivity and traffic lost after the pandemic.
As he has asked at a press conference the CEO of the low-cost airline, Eddie Wilson, which has criticized the public aid granted to “companies that were already doing badly”, in reference to the bailouts approved by the Government to Air Europa and Plus Ultra and managed by the State Industrial Participation Society (Sepi).
Specifically, he referred to the first, whose purchase by Iberia is pending approval from Brussels. He has criticized that the Government “continues to invest, with aid, in a company that we know has failed.”
Also has requested the slots of this (the sections that correspond to take off and land) in case it finally ends up integrating with Iberia. “It has to free up slots, with the merger, to stimulate recovery and competition, “he said.
Wilson has warned the Government that Spain may lose positions as a tourist market if you do not incentivize this traffic. He recalled that our country competes with the rest of the member states to capture this capacity and there are already airports that are giving incentives to companies, such as Greece, Stockholm or Helsinki, and “We do not want Spain to lose opportunities.”
“Why does the Government create a fund of 10,000 million to rescue companies whose businesses have failed and cannot lower Aena’s ratesWhat is an accessible measure for all airlines? “, the manager asked himself.” That is the strategy that the Government of Spain has to follow, “he added.
“Spain has the necessary infrastructures, but the Government has to realize that, instead of putting money in Air Europa, which was in a difficult situation, there are airlines, like Ryanair, that could fill the void left by others. “
The manager wanted to highlight the role of the airline in Spain. It is the one that moves the most traffic, “the one with the best balance” after this year and a half of pandemic. This summer it has operated 600 routes and has recovered 80% of capacity compared to 2019.
The airline has also announced your flight schedule for this winter, in which it expects to recover the capacity prior to the pandemic, reaching 100 million passengers (in global) and plans to operate 523 routes, 52 of them in Madrid. From Barajas open new ones to La Palma, Lisboa Turn or Bristol, among others.
They have forecasts until 2026, when they expect to reach 200 million passengers in total. “Ryanair leads Spain’s recovery with zero public aid,” he insisted. Ryanair’s workforce in Spain is around 40,000 people. None is already in ERTE situation.
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