November 10: Budget airline Ryanair is to pull out of Basel Airport in Switzerland, the company announced in a press release.
Dropping the six routes from the airport will mean the loss of 18 weekly flights and up to 250 local jobs. The airline puts the blame at the airport authorities, saying that it had offered an additional 13 weekly flights if landing charges were lowered.
Stephen McNamara from Ryanair said: “Airports must lower their charges – particularly high cost airports like Basel. Ryanair had offered new routes, traffic and growth to Basel Airport, but since they prefer to preserve their high cost base than to grow, Ryanair will now close all its Basel routes. We apologise to passengers affected by these cancellations and will contact them in the coming weeks to provide them with a full refund”. The routes will close on December 2.