Ryanair to exit French airport

Ryanair is to close a base at Bordeaux airport after failing to reach an agreement over fees.

The airline operates around 40 routes to and from the French airport with three aircraft based there and 90 staff.

But Ryanair confirmed that it would be withdrawing from the base in November after 14 years.

Commercial director Jason McGuinness said: “We are disappointed that Bordeaux airport has not agreed to the extension of our low-cost base from November 2024.

“Due to rising costs, we have no financial alternative but to close our Bordeaux base in November and relocate those aircraft and jobs to cheaper bases elsewhere in the Ryanair Group’s extensive network of airports across Europe.”

An airport spokesperson told the AFP news agency it had “put limits on the financial demands” of Ryanair and would look to diversify the airlines using Bordeaux.

“We don’t wish to see a company which has been installed in Bordeaux for 14 years leave,” they said.

“If it would like to work again in Bordeaux, it will be welcome.”  

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