Due to a dispute with government authorities on the islands of Rhodes and Kos, Ryanair is reducing the number of cheap flights they are operating to the islands this summer. In total, 82 flights will be cancelled a month before the end of the season. The reason for the cancellations is that Ryanair says that the islands have reneged on a travel promotion they were holding in conjunction with the airline. Even the Greek media caught the tourism minister saying that they had not signed a contract with any low-budget airline.
The original flight schedule had the flights to the islands ending in December, but since the dispute Ryanair will be ending on October 2. The airline currently operates flights from Stansted, Liverpool, and Leeds Bradford to Kos and from Stansted, Liverpool, East Midlands, and Bournemouth to Rhodes. Ryanair lays the blame on the mayor of Kos and Dodecanese development association Detap, saying that they failed to honor an agreed-upon joint marketing campaign for Ryanair flights to the islands this summer.
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