Bang! We last spoke about the saga when the MIA unpublished report was reported in the Times. Ryanair have ‘replied’ with a press conference also reported in the Times. I love the part where in reply to allegations that Ryanair only carries cheap tourists Mr. Cawley states that Tony Blair has chosen Ryanair three times out of five for his holiday destinations. Now that’s a Q.E.D. if ever there was one eh!
Here is more of the music:
“Mr Cawley urged Malta to follow the success of Ryanair’s new route to Riga, Latvia. In seven months, the airline carried 650,000 passengers to the Baltic country and hotels practically cannot keep up with the influx. “And with all due respect, Riga is not even remotely as attractive as Malta.” But Ryanair estimates it would cost it �25 per passenger to operate to Malta – a figure made up of airport and handling charges, plus government-related security costs. MIA’s discounted offer of �19 to all airlines to certain destinations was still not attractive for Ryanair, Mr Cawley said, given that most other airports it was operating to were charging just �7.50. MIA once again came under attack, with Mr Cawley saying that a private monopoly did not have the social interests of the people at heart. He urged the airport to slash its rates to all airlines, provided they guaranteed big numbers in return.”
There you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth. Valletta like Riga? Where oh where could the problem lie? Any answers? Fausto? Bocca?