Ryanair threatens to halt flights

22nd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

22 August 2007, BRUSSELS (AFP) - Irish low-cost airline Ryanair threatened Wednesday to stop serving the southern Belgian city of Charleroi from 12 November unless airport authorities took action to avoid crippling strikes.

22 August 2007

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Irish low-cost airline Ryanair threatened Wednesday to stop serving the southern Belgian city of Charleroi from 12 November unless airport authorities took action to avoid crippling strikes.

"Ryanair is determined to offer its flights only if the company receives assurance that a strike will not be able to block the international airport," the Irish airline said in a statement on its website.

"An emergency plan must be made operational," it added.

Airport spokesman Pierre Fernemont said that Ryanair was also seeking EUR 1 million in compensation for a two-day strike in June, which the company said affected 22,500 passengers.

Flights at the airport were grounded from 15-17 June as security staff went on strike over plans to remove their civil service status and transfer them to a private company.

Senior airport executive Marcel Beulens is to head to Dublin on Thursday for talks with Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary, Fernemont said.

"Ryanair didn't appreciate at all the surprise strike and said that it intended to take action," Fernemont said. "The company has demanded that it doesn't happen again."

"We are stepping up contacts at all levels to find a rapid and favourable solution," he added.

Although fellow low-cost carriers Wizzair, Jet4You and Onair also serve Charleroi, Ryanair is the biggest airline at the airport, where it has lifted traffic in six years from 200,000 passengers annually to 2.5 million with 150 flights per week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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