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Ryanair slashing one in three routes to Budapest

Ryanair flights are proving to be uneconomical on some of the European routes now. The Irish budget carrier recently announced it will be slashing one in three of its routes to Budapest.

The airline in a statement said that it is being forced to take this move because of the recent hike in landing and handling fees imposed by the German-owned airport Budapest Airport as well as the state-controlled Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority. The airline said that the increases in landing and handling fees have become costly for it to operate flights on some of the European routes.

Media reports said that Ryanair is now planning to cut its winter routes from the existing 30 to 20 destinations now. The routes likely to be slashed include Munich, Baden Baden and Dusseldorf in Germany, Malaga in Spain and Birmingham in the UK.

The decision of Ryanair is likely to be a major blow to Budapest Airport’s efforts to stabilize and recover from the collapse of the Hungarian national flag carrier Malev in February this year.