Ryanair warns Spain: "All airlines must be helped"
Low-cost carrier does not like Iberian bailouts
After Portugal, also Spain. Low-cost airline Ryanair made it clear in recent days that it does not like the state aid guaranteed to company Tap Air Portugal (read also the article published by AVIONEWS) and now it has underlined the concept with two other not very different cases. Dara Brady, marketing and digital director of Irish airline, answered questions from the press in these hours, explaining how it is not transparent to help Iberia and Air Europa, "forgetting" all the other carriers.
Brady's reasoning is precise: bailouts of this type may exist, but they must be granted to the entire sector. Furthermore, this aid should be as fair and transparent as possible, otherwise “discrimination” can only be prefigured. The alternative to loans in favor of certain air carriers, then, could be that of other measures for the benefit of the entire sector: in this case the manager hypothesized the possible reduction of airport charges. The imagined future scenario is complicated to say the least: the rescued European airlines (especially flag ones) will make sales below cost possible, a hypothesis that Ryanair wants to remove quickly.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency