Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 14 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
Ryanair today announced that from 6th January 2003, it was reducing services and increasing fares to Manchester Airport as a direct result of a massive hike in their airport charges. At the same time, Ryanair announced an increase in its schedule to regional rivals Liverpool and Leeds/Bradford.
Flights to/from Manchester from Dublin, currently at 5 flights per day Monday and Friday, will reduce to 3 flights on Monday and Friday. Flights on Tuesday-Thursdays will reduce from 4 flights per day to 3 flights per day.
Flights to/from Liverpool will increase from 3 to 4 flights per day, Monday to Friday.
Flights to/from Leeds/Bradford will increase to 4 flights per day, Monday and Friday.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7145 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
Could it be that we have an airport with the balls to say to Ryanair that they have got to pay the airport rather than the airport pay them? The last time they operated this policy, the number of passengers they lost at MAN was greater than the increase at LPL & LBA and soon went back to their normal frequency!
This could tie-in with the latest MAN release which begins:
"Fly To Dublin For Less With Bargain Fares From Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus is offering Manchester Airport passengers an early Christmas present this year, with flights to Dublin from just £8 each way* for bookings made online by December 10, for travel between January 6, 2003 and March 31, 2003."
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1207 times:
They did the reverse action at LBA during 2001. Reduced frequency to 1 per day from 3. They resumed a 3 x daily service 12 months later - the increase in passengers they got at MAN was less than they lost at LBA!
Bapilot2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 24 Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
not like you notice FR at MAN these days anyway! Over the past 6 months and about 30 visits to MAN ive only seen them twice! I wish they would go back into the crevice they came from along with British low cost arms come out of the crevices and serve more british airports. Am I correct in thinking FR is the ONLY low cost carrier to operate from MAN???
We don't need Ryanair...we ought to aim for better carriers.
As for charges, various snippets from MAN releases:
"Airline Charges - Manchester Stays One Step Ahead
Charges to airlines have been cut for the ninth successive year by Manchester Airport in its continuing quest to improve its competitive position. It is believed that Manchester Airport is unique within the industry in Europe in making these charge reductions.
Runway charges are down by 5.1 per cent, while passenger facilities and aircraft parking charges have dropped by 3.4 per cent in the new charges package, introduced this month.
Date 10/4/2000 "
"Manchester Landed 'Eagle' Award
Manchester Airport today (5th June) landed the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) annual Eagle Award for 'value for money'.
The IATA Eagle Award is given to airports and air traffic services that give 'value for money' to airline customers, that improve productivity and efficiency or find new revenue sources or reduce their dependency on airline charges. The award will be presented today during IATA's annual general meeting/world air transport summit in Sydney, Australia.
Manchester Airport was praised by IATA for successfully reducing its airline charges for the ninth year in a row, by around 30 per cent over the period. Even with the loss of EU duty-free in 1999, the airport continued to reduce its aviation charges this financial year.
"Airport Gears Up For Regulatory Review
As far as airline prices are concerned, Manchester Airport has had a consistent policy of reducing its aviation charges year-on-year: the equivalent of more than 30% over the last decade. It is essential that the airport can reduce charges further to ensure that Manchester remains an attractive and viable airport for existing and future airline operations.
Date 8/3/2002 "
What I believe has happened is the deal brokered in 1999/2000 for Ryanair expires at the end of this year and MAN, having duly noted that Ryanair are one of the most profitable airlines at the moment, have decided not to allow them to dictate terms but rather impose some on them instead i.e. pay more to use MAN like the other airlines do.