Manchester Airport has claimed budget airline Ryanair’s decision to withdraw nine of its 10 Manchester routes is “highly unlikely” to damage the travel hub’s financial position.
The airport, which is wholly owned by local authorities - including 55% by Manchester City Council, said most of the discontinued routes were already served by other carriers.
It also dismissed Ryanair claims that the cuts, which will take place in October, would cost up to 600 jobs.
Ryanair said it had offered Manchester an additional 28 weekly flights and 400,000 new passengers which would have created 400 new jobs if the airport reduced its “high charges”.
But the airport said it “did not believe that charges as low as £3 per passenger are unreasonable”.
An airport spokesman said: “Come October, there won’t be 600 people walking out of here with P45s in their hands.”
But he refused to disclose the value to the airport of the 44 weekly flights, carrying 600,000 passengers in total, that are to stop.
Four of the affected Ryanair destinations – Bremen, Marseille, Shannon and Cagliari – are not covered by other carriers operating from Manchester at present.
Manchester City Council declined to comment.