"Ryanair do get funds from the airport they are flying to."
And why not? If they asked for aid and got it, what's the problem? If SK
wanted to fly into some tiny airport, it too could probably get assistance. It does not wish to, so won't. Airports are businesses - they NEED airlines and other things to make a profit. If they give a discount to generate interest, why the problem? If SK
is so good, this little deal would be inconsequencial. It's supply and demand - these tiny airports need business, so will lower their fees to generate interest, for very few (if any) airlines want to fly into them. In contrast, LHR does not need to offer lower prices, as there are always many airlines wanting to serve the airport. Tis a simple concept. The only issue is that these so-called traditional carriers kick up because they don't get the discounts. If they flew into tiny airports, I'm sure they too could get a discount.
[Edited 2004-03-24 15:11:11]
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."