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HOW SERIOUS IS RYANAIR ABOUT SCALING BACK GROWTH PLANS?

<strong>HENK POTTS </strong>BARCLAYS WEALTH<br />&ldquo;O&rsquo;Leary is fantastic at using his results to communicate to passengers, as well as to business partners on how his company can benefit them. Yesterday&rsquo;s numbers further demonstrate that no frills airlines are finding it easier than flag carriers to get through the downturn.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>MANOJ LADWAR </strong>ETX CAPITAL<br />&ldquo;That was a very interesting piece of news buried in the announcement. If negotiations with Boeing cannot be successful concluded then the Ryanair growth strategy goes out of the window and cash is returned to shareholders. Investors will have got on board for the growth story &ndash; not for dividends.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>JOHN MATTIMOE </strong>MERRION CAPITAL<br />&ldquo;Ryanair&rsquo;s preferred strategy will still be to continue to grow, but O&rsquo;Leary used yesterday&rsquo;s announcement to hurry Boeing up. It wants the planemaker to make a decision and get off the fence, and is letting it know the airline has an alternative plan.&rdquo;