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The popular London-Ibiza route introduced by Ryanair 2 years ago has been canceled. The low cost airline blames the British Governments £11 tourist tax as the main reason for its decline.
Michael O Leary initiated a similar response to the airport departure tax introduced in Ireland by refusing to operate new routes out of Dublin until the tax was abolished. Many industry observers believe that there are other underlying reasons for the low cost carriers cancellation of certain routes.
These may include high operating costs, poor performance and aircraft efficiency issues. Ryanair have held back on the purchase of any new jets hoping to secure a good deal from one of the major airline manufactures. Ryanair famously scooped one of the best deals ever seen in airline history, when it secured its current Boeing fleet for a discounted price in 2001 due to the 9/11 attacks and uncertainty in the Airline Industry.
Whatever Ryanairs real reasons are for the cancellation, Ibiza will now be closed to direct winter air traffic from London. The route was proving popular with many ex-pats returning home for Christmas and with the steady increase of tourists who were re-discovering the Island outside of the traditional summer season. A number of Hotels were remaining open all season to cater for these new tourists and Ibiza will be at a loss for the demise of the route.