Ryanair loses court battle with DAA over fee for self-service kiosks

RYANAIR is refusing to install self-service check-in kiosks at Dublin Airport after it lost a High Court bid to stop the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) requiring the airline to sign a licensing and fee agreement.

The airline said it is now going to bring forward plans to have all of its Dublin passengers use web check-in but will push ahead with plans to install the kiosks in Shannon.

The installation of the kiosks in Cork will depend on the agreement the airline can reach with that airport.

Yesterday Ryanair failed in its High Court bid to stop the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) from requiring the airline to sign the agreements before it installs self-service ticketing kiosks at the terminal.

Mr Justice John MacMenamin turned down an injunction application sought by Ryanair in its dispute over the installation of 44 kiosks at Dublin Airport.

Ryanair claimed there had been insufficient consultation about a new licensing and charging system for the kiosks, that Aer Lingus had been treated differently by the DAA in relation to kiosks and that the DAA was abusing its dominant position to force the signing of a licensing system.

During the two-day hearing, the court heard Ryanair had withheld about €8.4 million in airport charges due to the DAA in the row over the kiosks. It only paid over the money just before Commercial Court proceedings, initiated by the DAA, were due to get under way.

Mr Justice MacMenamin said Ryanair’s decision to withhold the €8.4m due to the DAA, in an attempt to force the issue over the kiosks, was “ill advised” and “a grossly disproportionate response”.

The judge said given that the total charge due for the 44 Ryanair kiosks was about €52,000 per annum, the retention of €8.4m was not justified.

The airline’s Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair will continue to find ways to seek out lower costs at the DAA monopoly.”


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