Ryanair: Expect good talks with Frankfurt Airport in the future

FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) – After saying goodbye to Frankfurt Airport, the low-cost airline Ryanair does not rule out a return in a few years. “We will certainly have very good discussions about Pier G in the new Terminal 3,” said the head of the Ryanair subsidiary Laudamotion and Germany spokesman, Andreas Gruber, on Wednesday of the dpa. After all, the growth targets of the group and the airport operator Fraport were in good agreement.

“We also need more airports in Germany in order to achieve our growth targets,” said Gruber. For the summer, the Irish have stationed 25 jets at seven bases in this country and are flying to another six airports. The group aims to transport around 225 million passengers a year in Europe by 2026. That would be a significant increase from the previous record of 149 million. In the current financial year, which ends on March 30th and is again heavily influenced by the corona pandemic, the Irish, according to their own estimates, will remain below the limit of 100 million guests.

He assessed the almost completed Pier G in Frankfurt as a very efficient terminal building, in which the requirements of low-cost airlines had been taken into account, said Gruber. It is important, for example, that the guests can get on and off quickly so that an aircraft can take off again no later than 25 minutes after landing. The operator Fraport recently stated that Pier G, which is almost completed, should only go online together with the rest of Terminal 3 in 2026. Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair, was intended to be an important customer there.

The Irish are likely to expect significant price reductions when they return to Frankfurt, with which they had already been lured to Germany’s largest airport in 2017. Last week, the company announced its withdrawal for April due to the high take-off and landing fees after five years. “Ultimately, the price increase at the beginning of the year was the decisive factor. At a time when it is a matter of getting air traffic going again, we would have expected incentives like those offered at many other airports in Europe,” said Gruber . He named Italy, Ireland, Spain, Stockholm-Arlanda and Vienna as examples.

In the coming summer, Ryanair will grow outside of the Rhine-Main area and against the general market trend, the manager said. The Frankfurt flight program will not be replaced in the short term. “Passengers in Frankfurt and the surrounding area pay the bill with significantly higher ticket prices.”

The gap will not be closed at the Hunsrück airport Hahn, which is around 110 kilometers away and which Ryanair has marketed as “Frankfurt-Hahn” since 1999. Gruber said: “At Hahn Airport we have to wait and see how the bankruptcy goes. We currently have more than 60 weekly departures and two planes stationed for the summer.”

Gruber announced that the airline will continue to advertise with very cheap ticket prices such as 9.99 euros in order to use the aircraft to capacity. Group boss Michael O’Leary recommended the same to Lufthansa on Wednesday, which had complained about ghost flights. Lufthansa had complained that it had to organize an arithmetical 18,000 empty flights in the winter flight schedule in order to be able to retain certain take-off and landing rights in accordance with EU requirements. / Ceb / DP / jha

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