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Ryanair slashes aircraft numbers

Irish budget airline Ryanair will reduce the number of its aircraft at two Irish bases and will likely do so at airports in the United Kingdom as well, chief executive Michael O'Leary said yesterday. O'Leary, who blamed taxes levied on air travel in the two countries for the planned moves, said Ryanair was still planning to fly 67m passengers across its network this year, compared with 58.5m in the business year to the end of March.<br />