Ryanair Cancels Several Routes Through Hungary

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Budget airline Ryanair announced yesterday that it would cancel several routes through Hungary and cut flights on several more following a months-long dispute with the country's government over a special windfall tax placed on airlines, the Associated Press reported.

The Ireland-based company's CEO, Michael O'Leary, said at a press conference in Hungary's capital that Ryanair had planned to launch 10 new routes through Budapest and base an additional airplane at its airport this winter.

"Sadly, however, those plans have now fallen at the altar of the Hungarian government's decision to impose a ludicrous and idiotic excess profits tax on the airline sector, which has reported record losses," O'Leary said.

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