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Ryanair to Cancel 13 Flights at Budapest to Protest Crew Border Control Procedures

Ryanair announced that it will cancel 13 upcoming flights to Budapest to protest what it deems “stupid” requirements that its crews get off their plane and go through immigration on flights with 25 minute turnarounds at Budapest’s airport.

For once, CEO Michael O’Leary isn’t making a spectacle for no reason: Hungary’s requirement that Ryanair crews (and only Ryanair crews) disembark and clear customs on flights arriving in Budapest from Ireland and the UK, even if the plane is turning around and departing again, is completely ridiculous and unique to Budapest’s airport.

The move appears to be a protectionist measure by the Hungarian government, likely as they consider re-launching a flag carrier following the demise of Malev.

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