Ryanair reduces Stansted flights

Ryanair, the world’s biggest rip off airline, has announced a significant reduction in its services at Stansted Airport.

Ryanair will reduce the number of aircraft it runs at the airport by 40% in its winter schedule, and will cut the number of flights by 30%, it said.

But it will operate only four fewer planes than it did last winter.

The company said that Stansted was one of its most expensive bases, and added that an increase in air passenger duty tax was also a factor in its decision.

The airline operated 40 aircraft from Stansted in the summer, but said this would fall to 24 this winter.

Last winter, Ryanair also cut its Stansted fleet to 28 planes from 36 in the summer.

The Irish carrier said it expected to carry 2.5 million fewer passengers between October and March as a result of the latest move.

It said it would switch the 16 aircraft it was withdrawing from Stansted to other European bases.