By Alex Glenn • 17 March 2022 • 11:57
Ryanair boss denies prices were hiked up for Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has spoken out and said that it is “completely untrue” that the budget airline had increased prices for refugees. He explained that the last few seats on each flight are always more expensive.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Ireland Larysa Gerasko hit out earlier this week at Ryanair over its repatriation flight costs. The cost of flights out of Poland had reportedly risen. This route is being used by Ukrainian refugees as they flee Russia’s attacks.
Ambassador Gerasko said: “Ryanair raised the prices and it’s unfortunate, and I’m waiting for a meeting with the Minister for Transport of Ireland (Eamon Ryan).”
According to The Daily Mail, Mr O’Leary spoke out at Cheltenham racecourse on Wednesday, March 17. He commented: “[It’s] completely untrue, we have very low fare flights coming to and from Poland.
“All of the airports, we’ve checked into it, and all the flights are filling up and as they fill up they pay the highest fares.
“But we have on today, tomorrow and in the coming days fares of €20 one fair, €50 one way. There’s loads of cheap flights out there.”
When he was quizzed about high flight prices for people fleeing the war by The Independent.ie, he told the paper: “Every flight when it fills the last few seats are the higher fares, that’s how we get to sell so many seats at €20 and €30.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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