Read us | Listen to us | Watch us | Join Live Events | Turn Off Ads | Live |

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu

Ryanair: BP is ripping us off

16_12
16_12
Written by editor

Ryanair has announced that it is referring BP to the Office of Fair Trading over hikes in fuel delivery charges in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ryanair has announced that it is referring BP to the Office of Fair Trading over hikes in fuel delivery charges in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The budget airline accused Air BP of profiteering and abuse of monopoly after it upped costs at at Prestwick and Belfast City airports.

It called on the OFT to investigate its “unjustified attempts” to impose increases of more than 50% on the delivery cost of aviation fuel at the airports when inflation is running at 5%.

Air BP is the sole supplier of fuel at the airports.

Ryanair said it wrote to the fuel supplier requesting an explanation for the “rapacious increases” but that Air BP refused to provide valid justification.

The supplier reportedly put the increases down to rising oil costs and a downturn in business – despite the fact that latest figures show Belfast City to be Britain’s fastest growing airport.

Ryanair called on the OFT to take immediate action.

Jim Callaghan, Ryanair’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, said: “Air BP has a complete monopoly on the supply of aviation fuel at these airports and is abusing this position to unilaterally impose over 50% cost increases for the delivery of aviation fuel.

“This abuse comes at a time when BP and the other oil majors are making record million-pound profits at the expense of the aviation industry, which is currently in crisis.”

Mr Callaghan said that of the 150 airports at which Ryanair operates, Belfast City and Prestwick are the only two where Air BP has a monopoly and where they are subjecting users to “this kind of profiteering”.

He said Belfast City Airport had made it known to the airlines that if Air BP and Ryanair are unable to agree on pricing, then they will be looking at introducing alternative suppliers.