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Ryanair snubs questions from 'SSE'

Post by Ryanairflyer on Mon 24 Mar 2014 - 19:24

STOP Stansted Expansion (SSE) campaigners have been dismissed as a "tiny, unrepresentative group" by the airport's biggest carrier.

Ryanair was declined to respond to a series of jibes from the organisation, which was founded in 2002 and claims to have 7,500 members,

SSE poured scorn on a growth statement issued by the Irish budget airline on Wednesday last week (March 19) confirming further routes and increased passenger numbers at the Uttlesford base.

An SSE spokesman said: "Michael O'Leary may have a habit of disappointing his customers but he rarely disappoints when it comes to media hype. His latest wheeze is to claim that Ryanair will open eight new routes from Stansted this coming winter season creating 2,000 extra jobs."

He said SSE had three questions for Mr O’Leary:

1. He lists the eight new routes as Athens, Basel, Bordeaux, Bucharest, Perpignan, Prague, Rabat and Skelleftea. However, anyone with access to the internet can quickly discover that Ryanair already flies from Stansted to every single one of these destinations and in some cases it is the third time Ryanair has issued a press release announcing the same ‘new’ routes. So SSE’s question to Mr O’Leary is: “What exactly do you mean by new?”

2. Mr O’Leary’s claim that his ‘new’ routes will generate an extra two million passengers and create an extra 2,000 jobs at Stansted is even more preposterous. That would mean a thousand jobs created for every million Ryanair passengers. According to Ryanair’s latest annual report the airline employed 114 staff for every million passengers carried. That would mean 228 jobs for an extra two million passengers. So SSE’s question to Mr O’Leary is: “Where do the other 1,772 Stansted jobs come from?” Baggage handlers?"

3. Ryanair already accounts for over 75% of Stansted’s passengers and plans to expand its business at Stansted by 50% over the next 10 years, thereby returning Stansted to its pre-recession level of business, last seen in 2007. The difference however is that Stansted will then be even more dominated by Ryanair. SSE’s question to Mr O’Leary is therefore: “Why not just buy Stansted and be done with it?” You could rename it London O’Leary Airport (LOL). At least people would then know it was nowhere near London, and the commercial possibilities would be endless. You could even start charging people a pound to use the airport’s toilets. Now there’s a thought!"

A spokeswoman for Ryanair told the Observer: "We don’t respond to inaccurate claims made by tiny, unrepresentative groups such as this."

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Re: Ryanair snubs questions from 'SSE'

Post by atoutprix on Mon 24 Mar 2014 - 20:30

1. It may be that the routes which were summer routes are new routes on the winter schedules
2. More routes means more aircraft, and more passengers; thus, more engineers, more personnel to clean the aircraft at might, more baggage handlers and other persons needed to operate the turn-around - more security staff, more staff at the airport shopping area, at the restaurants, perhaps more train- and bus drivers, and so on ....
*ACI (Airports Council International) research confirms up to 1,000 ‘on-site’ jobs are sustained at international airports for every 1m passengers
3. At one point, Ryanair was interested in taking a stake in Stansted airport, but was excluded from the official bidding, I seem to remember.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/aug/20/ryanair-stansted-airport-interest
4. 16 Sep 2013
   M.A.G, the new owners of London Stansted, and Ryanair have today announced a new long-term growth agreement which will see the airline increase the number of passengers it serves at the airport from just over 13 million a year to more than 18 million by 2018 and then upwards to nearly 21 million passengers a year by 2023.
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