Ryanair has announced it is reducing the number of flights into and out of Dublin Airport this winter.

It says the move is due to the high price of oil, the cost of doing business at Dublin Airport and check-in increases being handed down by the Aviation Regulator.

Ryanair will operate 18 aircraft out of Dublin this winter, down from 22 last year, and says it will have 1,200 weekly flights compared to 1,350 last year.

This represents an 18% reduction in aircraft and a 12% reduction in weekly flights.

The Dublin Airport Authority reacted to Ryanair’s announcement by saying that the airport’s per journey charge is among the lowest of all major European airports.

The DAA said it is disappointed when any airline announces plans to reduce traffic at the airport but stressed that it believed Ryanair’s decision was not influenced by the airport charges.