Ryanair boss blames end of Kerry service on minister

A CAUSTIC row between Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and Transport Minister Noel Dempsey over the airline’s decision to pull Dublin- bound flights from Kerry airport has worsened.

Mr O’Leary said Mr Dempsey was personally responsible for the Kerry- Dublin route’s failure because under the public service obligation (PSO) contract, Ryanair should have got more compensation.

Writing in today’s Irish Examiner, Mr O’Leary said the increased costs of €650,000 were unexpected and unsustainable.

“If Noel Dempsey is, as he claims, ‘committed to maintaining traffic’ or the PSO services on the Kerry-Dublin route, then all he has to do is reverse these Government cost increases which he himself imposed, or reimburse Ryanair under the PSO agreement for these higher costs,” said Mr O’Leary.

A statement on behalf of the minister said the airline had knowingly entered into a contract to serve the route and it had only itself to blame if it did not reap the expected profits.


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