Ryanair Presents 'Rescue Plan' For Tourism

Ryanair has published a 'rescue plan' for Ireland's tourism sector, detailing the scrapping of several projects and deregulation.

Presenting the ideas on Thursday to the Government appointed Tourism Renewal Group in a briefing at Dublin Castle, Michael O'Leary said the Government was "devastating the tourism industry".

Amongst the proposals called on the Minister for Transport to, among others, scrap plans for a metro line serving Dublin Airport.

The partially underground rail line was estimated to cost more than €4.6bn at the height of the economic boom, but this estimate could come down due to falling construction costs.

Mr O'Leary, however, told tourism officials in Dublin this morning that the scheme is an unnecessary waste of money.

The Ryanair chief also called for the scrapping of the planned €10 tax on airline passengers and a 30% cut in Dublin Airport charges as part of a plan to boost tourism in the coming years.

Mr O'Leary also called for the Aviation Regulator to be closed down, describing it as "useless".

Ryanair recently announced it was to shrink its services to Shannon and Dublin airport, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

"It is sad that Ryanair will reduce traffic to/from Ireland this year by almost 2 million passengers, during a year when Ryanair’s total traffic will grow by some 9 million passengers across Europe. The Department of Airport Authority’s high costs are killing Irish tourism."


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