Ryanair will transfer its single Copenhagen-based aircraft to Kaunas in Lithuania on Tuesday following a row with Danish unions.
Confirmation came after unions rejected a call from the airline to suspend threatened industrial action.
Chief executive, Michael O’Leary, had claimed that rival SAS unions had been allowed to “blockade” the Ryanair aircraft based at the Danish capital’s airport.
Ryanair will continue to serve Copenhagen from Kaunas.
The airline’s head of personnel, Eddie Wilson, said: “This is a black day for the Danish economy. Here you have Danish unions who admit they don’t have any members in Ryanair, destroying highly paid jobs for Danish pilots and cabin crew here in Copenhagen with the sole effect that those jobs now get exported overseas yet the flights to/from Copenhagen, the low fares and the competition with SAS will continue.
“By moving the aircraft outside of Denmark, these blockades will now be illegal and so the Danish unions have achieved nothing other than to export highly paid Danish jobs and taxes overseas.”
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