The low-cost Irish airline has announced it will cut flights from Dublin airport by 20 per cent this summer. The cuts will mean both a loss of passengers at the height of the tourist season and of 150 jobs at Ryanair. It is also estimated that another 2,000 jobs are at risk at the airport and in the tourist industry in general. Other cuts may be announced to the winter schedule later in the year.

Ryanair says that there will be a reduction in its traffic through Dublin airport from nearly 9 million passengers to about 6.5 million in the year to March 2011.

The airline blames its decision on increased charges at Dublin airport, which it claims have gone up 40 per cent, and on the