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Ryanair dropping Tampere flights

The no-frills airline is scrapping its service between Tampere, Edinburgh, Rome and Trapani, Italy, while it's reducing the number of flights to the city from Bremen and Budapest in a row over airport taxes.

Matkustajia ja Ryanairin kone Tampere-Pirkkalan lentokentällä.
Ryanair has used the Tampere-Pirkkala airport. Image: Seppo Nykänen / Yle

Ryanair said the cuts will lead to some 100 job losses in the Tampere area.

The Irish company said in a statement that it was transferring passengers and jobs out of Tampere and into another European low-cost airport where travellers aren't as heavily taxed.

Last month Ryanair said it was closing down its Turku routes due to airport fees. The company maintains it will keep services to both Turku and Tampere should aviation officials decide to reverse charges.

Budget airline FlyBe meanwhile recently announced it was launching a new morning service between Kajaani and Helsinki.

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