The boss of Jet2.com has hit back at Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary over his suggestion that Jet2 could be among a number of airlines to go bust this winter.
O’Leary made the comments yesterday after reporting record profits for Ryanair. Asked if the soaring cost of oil put rival carriers at risk, O’Leary told reporters: “An awful lot of airlines around the UK and Europe will go bust this winter with oil at $130 a barrel.” He then listed several “smaller airlines” including “the likes of Jet2”.
Philip Meeson, chairman and chief executive of Jet2.com, said: “I’m sorry Mr O’Leary – unlike you, Jet2.com has bought all its fuel for this summer, this coming winter and next summer at attractive rates. We are having a great year and our passengers can relay on us for many years to come.”
Jet2.com operates from six UK regional airports to destinations around Europe.