Tax decision prompts Ryanair to expand Belgian offering

Ryanair will base a sixth Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft at Brussels (Charleroi) and launch three new routes after the Belgian government scrapped a proposed €10 tax on airline passengers.  However, Ryanair will close its routes to/from Maastricht in January after the Dutch tax authorities imposed a similar tax in the Netherlands.Ryanair’s new Brussels (Charleroi) based aircraft will operate three return services each week to/from Barcelona (Reus) and Bratislava and twice per week to Trieste.

Ryanair had called on both the Belgian and Dutch Governments to re-examine the impact their passenger tax would have on price sensitive passengers, highlighting that such a tax “would severely impact tourism.”

Ryanair recently called on the Irish government to re-examine its proposed €10 travel tax pointing out that Ryanair will “reduce average fares by up to 20% this winter in order to keep passengers travelling and a €10 tax would severely impact on price sensitive passengers.”