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Ryanair pulls out of Valencia

Ryanair calculates that their decision to close its base at Valencia's Manises airport will cost around 750 jobs given that more than seventy flights a week, and roughly three quarter of a million international passengers each year, will be lost to the region as a result. Speaking yesterday, Ryanair spokesman, Michael Cawley, blamed the regional government for the company's decision, alleging that it has been paying marketing subsidies to rival firm Air Nostrum, and accusing it of repeatedly refusing to meet to discuss a series of conditions that would enable the continued growth in international passenger traffic through the airport. "This is a very black day for Valencia airport, the city and the region it serves," said Mr Cawley. "Even without the cooperation of the regional Tourism ministry, Ryanair has demonstrated the possibilities which are uniquely available through its low fares." The Irish budget airline has been operating flights from Valencia to ten European destinations since last summer, but these will be cancelled from November 4th. The sixty people directly employed by the company will be offered the opportunity to relocate when the aircraft they support are switched to another base.

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