Ryanair to cut Stansted capacity by 9 percent

DUBLIN Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:53pm GMT

A Ryanair aircraft starts in front of the construction site of the future Berlin Brandenburg international airport Willy Brandt (BER) in Schoenefeld, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A Ryanair aircraft starts in front of the construction site of the future Berlin Brandenburg international airport Willy Brandt (BER) in Schoenefeld, January 9, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair (RYA.I) is to cut almost 1 million passengers from its capacity at London's Stansted airport over the next year after the airport's owner increased charges by 6 percent, the Irish low-cost carrier said on Thursday.

Ryanair, which accounted for around 70 percent of Stansted's traffic in 2011, will cut 170 flights a week from the airport, a 9 percent reduction, it said.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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