Airlines escape fallout


24-09-2001

Stansted Airport's low-cost airlines GO and Ryanair are unlikely to be adversely affected by the terrorist attacks in America.

While the American Continental Airlines has reduced its staff by thousands and cut its Stansted Airport service, Ryanair and GO are continuing as normal.



A spokeswoman for GO said: 'The European airlines making cuts are the traditional airlines with a transatlantic market. Low-cost airlines such as ours are not affected.'



Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary said that, although bookings fell initially, they had now returned to normal levels.



He said: 'Advance bookings and loads remain strong and, therefore, the immediate consequences of last week's events on Ryanair will not be material.'



Both airlines said they had put increased security measures in place.