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Ryanair to cut more German services

FRANKFURT, Dec 14 – Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said Tuesday that it would cut its services in Germany further owing to a tax to be levied there next year.

Ryanair plans to reduce its capacity in the German capital by 56 percent, scrapping flights to four cities from the Berlin-Schoenefeld airport from mid-2011, a statement said.

Three domestic lines would be cut along with one to the Lithuanian city of Kaunas, it added.

Service from Bremen and Dusseldorf in the north and west of the country would also be reduced.

The Irish airline announced other cuts in October and blames an airline tax approved by the German government which would cost between eight and 45 euros (11-62 dollars) depending on the length of the flight.

The tax is part of an austerity plan established in Berlin and is expected to raise around one billion euros per year.

Overall capacity in Germany is expected to fall by three million passengers per year and lead to the elimination of 3,000 jobs, the carrier said.

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