Ryanair threatens to suspend Italian flights

Hotel News - 28/12/2009

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Ryanair has threatened to temporarily stop its flight service in Italy from 23 January over security concerns due to the new ID directives.

The Irish airline Ryanair, which is the world's biggest budget airline, is currently locked in a bitter argument with Italy’s civil aviation authority, which the low cost carrier said was trying to force much lower safety standards for passengers. The Ryanair dispute, which started prior to Christmas, took on added importance after a Nigerian man tried to blow up a transatlantic Delta Air Lines plane, carrying 278 passengers onboard, on its approach to Detroit Airport during the weekend.

The low cost airline said that it would be grounding all its Italian flights in objection to the two directives from Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile (ENAC). Ryanair's threatened service suspension would affect flight schedule between Ciampino and nine Italian cities – namely Alghero, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Bergamo, Pescara, Pisa and Trapani.

The directives, issued on November, orders airline staff to acknowledge other identity documents from passengers who have checked in via online. As outcome of the new ENAC instruction, Ryanair would have to accept air passengers who were merely carrying their fishing licence in the future. Currently, the budget carrier requires travellers to present either an official ID or a passport.

Ryanair has long been at argument with ENAC over its utilization of Ciampino, the airport outside Rome. The local council and ENAC, who have been supported by the court, are trying to reduce the number of flight schedules in and out of Ciampino, which is partly a military airfield.

Tags: Alghero airport, Bari airport, Bologna airport, Brindisi airport, Cagliari airport, Bergamo airport, Pescara airport, Pisa airport, Trapani airport, Ciampino airport, Ryanair, ENAC, Delta Air Lines, Detroit Airport

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