Ryanair has announced cuts of up to 80% at its Alicante base from October 2011, following AENA Alicante’s (ALC’s) decision last week to force passengers to board via airbridges instead of stairs. Ryanair says that this move will cost it an extra $2.8 million per annum. Ryanair has submitted a formal complaint to the Spanish government and the European Commission for what it calls “unnecessary facilities.” At the moment Ryanair is using 31 of its 62 routes from ALC as a bargaining chip. If Ryanair goes through with the threat it will reduce the number of aircraft based from 11

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