Increased airport charges influenced Ryanair’s decision to cancel Chania flights


David O’Brien, Ryanair’s commercial director, during a press conference in Athens  on Wednesday said the company will launch 23 new routes from Greece to European destinations and also reinstate flights to Chania  for the 2018 summer season.

Thirteen of the new routes will operate from Athens. O’Brien made the point that the expansion  of the company’s Athens operation is due to the fact that Athens airport responded to the company’s demand for a reduction in airport costs.

By contrast Fraport has increased airport charges in the 14 regional airports it manages, including Chania.


O’Brien added that one of the airline’s considerations in their decision to suspend flights from and to Chania  was airport costs.

O’Brien said the local Chania community should contact  Fraport Greece, the airport’s administration, to resolve the issue.


“ The (Fraport) airports haven’t gotten any better; they just got more expensive,” O’ Brien said.

The new 13 new routes from Athens:

Vilnius (2 weekly), Wroclav (2 weekly), Gdansk (2 weekly), Rzeszow (1 weekly), Katowice (2 weekly), Krakow (2 weekly), Memmingen (2 weekly), Baden Baden (2 weekly), Billund (1 weekly), Poznan (2 weekly) and Frankfurt (1 daily)

Source:  Edited for Apokoronas News