RYANAIR: Budget airline expects growth to slow in Spain this year

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RYANAIR has announced it expects to reduce its growth in Spain this year to 3.5 per cent, compared to the 10.7 per cent it enjoyed last year.

Kenny Jacobs, the airline’s general director or marketing, said the company expects to carry around 51.2 million passengers this year and plans to reduce its fleet in some bases.

The director said Ryanair has also not ruled out closing any of its bases for commercial reasons, although no decisions have yet been made.

There was good news elsewhere for the company, however, as Jacobs confirmed it expects a growth of around 8 per cent elsewhere in Europe, and plans to reinforce its presence in France and Italy.  The official also confirmed Ryanair had broken off its alliance with Air Europa to provide long-haul flights following lack of demand.

Mr Jacobs confirmed the airline expects to enjoy increased stability this year but expressed concern over a reported lack of air traffic staff in Europe.

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