Ryanair is threatening to cancel routes to one of Europe’s major timeshare destinations, Cyprus. The airline may cancel its Larnaca and Paphos flights this October unless the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) provides more funds for marketing and the Cypriot government scraps landing fees at Paphos, according to a report in leading travel trade magazine Travel Weekly today.
The airline is also pulling out of Greek Islands Rhodes and Kos, accusing them of “reneging” on a promotion deal. Ryanair has also drastically cut flights to Morocco and ceased flights to some Moroccan destinations including Fez after a row with the Moroccan airport authorities. Meanwhile it’s also reducing the frequency of flights to another timeshare favourite, the Canary Islands, which it says has reneged on its incentive agreement. Flights have been cut from Liverpool to Gran Canaria, Doncaster to Tenerife, and Luton and Edinburgh to Fuerteventura.
Madrid and Barcelona are also affected because Manchester will lose Ryanair flights on the Manchester to Madrid route and from East Midlands to Barcelona.
Ryanair’s profits have fallen by 30% for the three months ending 30 June 2012 primarily due to higher fuel costs, in spite of a 4% increase in average fares and passengers numbers rising by 6%, however rival easyJet has reported a strong performance in the three months to the end of June 2012.
Finally, there’s good news for Dutch holidaymakers now that Ryanair has a new base at Maastricht in the Netherlands. It’s the airline’s first base in Holland.