Capodichino Airport, Ryanair to Manfredi: "No to the new boarding tax or we will reduce flights"

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Capodichino Airport, Ryanair to Manfredi: "No to the new boarding tax or we will reduce flights"

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No to the increase in boarding tax at Capodichino Airport in Naples. Ryanair , the famous Irish low-cost airline, launches the appeal to the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi. Higher access fees at slot-constrained airports such as Naples, he explains, “will force airlines to concentrate operations in peak summer months and the most profitable international destinations, to the detriment of domestic connectivity.” And, he concludes: “Ryanair will be forced to reduce winter capacity and national connectivity in Naples”.

The Municipality of Naples has planned the introduction of the 2 euro boarding tax at Capodichino Airport as part of the Pact for Naples, with which Mayor Manfredi managed to avoid the collapse of the Municipality. It is not the only lever studied by the municipal administration to balance the accounts. To this, in fact, must be added the valorization of real estate assets and the increase in local tax collections, the latter two already started last year.

The introduction of the boarding tax, however, has not yet started. But Ryanair says it is firmly against:

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“The mayor's decision to increase taxes for passengers in Naples by 30% – he writes in a note – is in stark contrast to what is happening in other countries, regions and cities in Europe and Italy, which are actively lowering the costs of access to promote tourism and connectivity throughout the year”.

The example of Regions that have eliminated the tax is then given:

“The most recent example is the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, which eliminated the additional municipal surtax/tourism tax from January 2024, leading to a massive increase in traffic, local employment and benefits for the Region's economy. Ryanair responded immediately to the removal of the additional municipal surcharge/tourism tax in Trieste by opening a new 'Gamechanger' air base (USD 100 million investment), with 50% growth, 8 new routes, vital tourism and connectivity throughout the year”.

“Forced to reduce flights to Naples”

The airline, therefore, also outlines the scenario if the boarding tax were to arrive in Naples instead:

“Unfortunately, Ryanair will be forced to reduce winter capacity and domestic connectivity to Naples in future seasons; this will likely result in fewer aircraft based, impacting local tourism, employment and access to low fares for Neapolitans to Italian and European destinations. Ryanair once again calls on the Municipality of Naples to immediately stop this unjustified increase in taxes to safeguard year-round connectivity, tourism and access to low fares for the citizens of Naples”.

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