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Ryanair slash Danish routes over tax

Wednesday, August 20 16:03:06

Ryanair has drastically cut its routes in and out of Denmark, with local media reports citing increased and "double" taxation between Denmark and Ireland.

Ryanair said that the reductions have nothing to do with taxes and everything to do with seasonal scheduling.

"All airlines operate more flights and routes in summer than in winter, given summer is the peak season for demand," said company Elina Hakkarainen. "Ryanair is no different."

The Irish low-cost airline has dropped the number of Danish routes from 23 to only five nationwide with the biggest loser being Billund Airport in Jutland, which has seen 14 of its 18 weekly flights cut by the airline.

The Danish online press say reason behind the cuts is said to be a double tax that could be levied against airline employees from January 1 next year.

If the agreement is approved by politicians in Ireland and Denmark this autumn, Danes based in Denmark who are employed by the Irish airline (who already pay taxes in Ireland) could also be taxed Denmark, according to check-in.dk.

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