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Ryanair halts Brussels expansion due to noise fines

22:19 07/02/2017

Ryanair has said it will not launch any new routes from Brussels Airport until a solution can be found to what it calls "ridiculous fines" for aircraft noise.

The Irish budget airline - Belgium's biggest carrier with a 28% market share - says several of its new summer destinations which were intended for Zaventem will fly from Charleroi instead.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary was due to meet Brussels Airport management on Tuesday evening. "We can't take any risk until a solution is found," he said. "We chose not to go ahead because of these ridiculous fines and this stupid law."

According to the airline, take-offs between 6.00 and 7.00 in the morning have attracted noise fines of €6,000 per flight.

In the winter timetable, Ryanair says it secured departure slots after 7.00 for all of its 14 routes out of Zaventem - but that this could change from March.

Ryanair will fly to Naples and Lisbon from Charleroi this summer, as well as Eilat (Israel), Plovdiv and Varna (Bulgaria) and Wroclaw (Poland).

Meanwhile, Brussels Airlines announced on Tuesday that it was close to obtaining permission from Indian civil aviation authorities to fly direct to Mumbai from next month.

The national carrier plans to operate five weekly flights, filling a gap left by Jet Airways which had served the Indian city from Amsterdam-Schipol.

Comments

fpat1946

The law is the law and Michael O,Leary is not above it.
How many people really want to fly before 7.00 a.m?
I don,t.

Feb 8, 2017 09:46
Passive energy

Well, Mr. O'Leary, pay, shut up, and use quieter aircraft. The law is the same for everybody.

Feb 8, 2017 10:11
CC_R

Hurrah sense at last the main issue is the proximity of the airport to housing I'm sure those living in flight paths are very happy and it's ridiculous that whilst airplanes are being polluters of air and noise that the cheap flight model is still his backbone of the business for these companies

Feb 9, 2017 07:25
Mikek1300gt

Yet again, Belgium places comfort above economic reality.

Feb 9, 2017 11:40