War of words erupts over Ryanair in Greece

War of words erupts over Ryanair in Greece

Published at: 2016-04-21 10:41 | Author: CIJ Greece
Greek travel agents have declared war on Irish low fares airline, Ryanair, following its decision to end its summer 2016 schedule in Greece two months earlier than originally planned, according to the carrier’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien. The President of the Federation of Greek Associations of Travel & Tourism Agencies (FEDHATTA), Lysander Tsilidis characterized O'Brien's reasoning behind the decision outlined in Greek newspaper Vima as "insulting" and "unacceptable."

"This kind of behavior should not be accepted in any country and market in the world by any airline company, whose sole purpose is to secure its own benefits by creating a competitive environment favorable only to itself," said Tsilidis. "Instead of being grateful for being active in our country…they arrange schedules that generate their company's profit and growth, they shamelessly exploit conjectures, arising from economic and other events, and they blackmail [us] through flight reductions, essentially to achieve even more favorable commercial conditions." Tsilidis added that the company's move would violate the rights of its own workers.

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