Ryanair Wants Lower Greek Airport Taxes

ryanair-thumb-large-thumb-largeLow cost airline Ryanair says it could attract 10 million tourists to Greece within the next three years if the taxes at Athens International Airport (AIA) are lowered from 12 euros to 5 euros per passenger and other reforms.

Ryanair’s Michael Cawley said that he’s anxious that upcoming privatizations in Greek regional airports would lead to charge increases and make them uncompetitive as well.

Ryanair said it expects to transport four million tourists to Athens, two million to the rest of Greece within the next three years. It’s estimated that the an additional 10 million tourists could bring in 4.5 billion euros ($5.86 billion) and create 10,000 new jobs.

AIA officials said they will not change their fees, however, although Cawley said he will appeal to Greek Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.



  1. So let me get this straight, Ryanair will attract 10m to Greece, an extra 6m tourists per year from the current 4m, if the passenger tax is lowered from $12 to $5 per passenger. So the total tax collected per passenger will be less, even though passengers will increase by 6m to 10m passengers at $5 tax per head $50m, but now brings in 6m at $12 a head for $72m. A privatized airport with profit in mind would look to lower per passenger taxes for more arrivals, even give incentives for airline companies to do so, more traffic for the airport, more potential customers at food courts and shops translate to higher retail store leases, more money for the airport owners.

  2. Ots euros not dollars & you just pretty much repeated the whole article…time is on your side no doubt