Michael O'Leary criticises DAA's "remarkable position" on growth discount

Ryanair's head honcho feels his airline's growth at Dublin Airport has not "topped out" following capacity decision...

Michael O'Leary has insisted that Ryanair's growth at Dublin Airport has not "topped out" following its decision to cut capacity in the capital next summer, the Irish Independent reports.

The airline announced this week that it will reduce its Dublin capacity by 3% (accounting for roughly 370,000 seats) and redeploy them in lower cost airports in Europe.

O'Leary has blamed the DAA for failing to offer an extension to route incentives.

He said:

"We've been unable to get an answer from the DAA about the extension of growth discounts for 2017."

He called the DAA's decision to wait for 2017 route announcements before making a discounts call as a "remarkable position" to take.

On Thursday, Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs argued that "Dublin Airport is becoming uncompetitive."

The DAA responded by saying that it was "disappointed" that Ryanair had reduced capacity that noted that Ryanair's growth has been supported by "a range of incentive schemes, most notably the Growth Incentive Scheme, which remains in place."

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said in a statement:

"We’d like to thank Ryanair for growing its business significantly at Dublin over the past three years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to support their route network from Dublin in the future."