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Ryanair is accusing the EU Commission of discriminating against low-fare airlines, further to emails it received from the EU’s travel agency Amex.
At a press conference in Brussels today Ryanair released copies of the e-mails received from Amex which stated “The European Commission does not allow us to book low cost flights, so we can only arrange the transfers from/to Brussels (Zaventem) Airport”.
The airline also released a letter from the EU Commission (director for administration and payment) which stated “It is true that the terms of this contract do prevent Amex from booking tickets with ‘low-cost’ airlines”.
Ryanair called on the EU Commission to explain why its own travel agency is “prevented” from booking tickets with low cost airlines which would save EU taxpayers millions of euro.
“The Amex e-mails and EU Commission letters which we have released today unequivocally admit that the EU Commission ‘prevents’ its travel agency from making bookings on low fare airlines,” said Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary.
“This prohibition is a blatant subsidy to EU flag carriers and discriminates yet again against Europe’s low fares airlines which have now overtaken Europe’s flag carriers in terms of passenger popularity.”