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The low-cost airline will continue to fly to and from Brussels Airport, but with aircraft stationed at foreign bases.

The Irish airline Ryanair is permanently closing its base at Brussels Airport, as a result of which 59 people are at risk of losing their jobs. The closure will not have much impact because the Ryanair base at Brussels Airport was already closed during the winter season. Two aircraft that Ryanair had previously stationed at Zaventem were already removed during the winter season.

The airline does confirm that it will continue to operate twelve destinations from and to Brussels Airport this summer, with aircraft and crew stationed abroad. These are Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Dublin, Girona, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Marrakech, Pisa, Porto, Rome and Valencia. Ryanair previously closed its operational base at Eindhoven Airport as a result of a capacity reduction. Forty pilots and just under a hundred cabin crew members of Ryanair had a job at Eindhoven Airport.

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The impact of the closure will therefore be limited for the average traveler. Ticket prices will not be affected by the closure but rather by other factors. This is partly due to the higher tax on tickets, but also due to the higher costs for European emission rights that airlines have to pay. Prices will continue to rise in the coming years.

The European Parliament and the European Council of Ministers have decided on a package of measures that should reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation by 55 percent by 2030. Part of this package is that emissions in the EU emissions trading system ETS increase every year. is taxed. Airlines currently receive their CO2 rights largely for free, but this will be phased out in the coming years.


Yet there is a surprising amount of bookings, both within the EU and beyond. People are so eager to go on holiday after two corona years. The hunger for vacation is greater than the rise in ticket prices. And the fact that Ryanair will definitively close its base at Zaventem will be a concern for many tourists. The closure may have some impact for business travelers. Because Ryanair no longer has aircraft stationed in Zaventem, it will no longer be able to offer the earliest outward flight and the latest return flight.

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Ryanair previously closed its operational base at Eindhoven Airport.

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1985 by entrepreneur Michael O'Leary. The company is headquartered in Swords, County Dublin, Ireland and has a large network of base stations across Europe and North Africa. Ryanair is known for its low cost flights and its efficient business model, with a focus on cost savings. The airline is the largest low-cost airline in Europe and the largest international airline in Ireland.

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