Ryanair issues profit warning as fares fall

Ryanair has cut its profit forecast blaming lower-than-expected air fares.

The airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said Ryanair could not rule out even lower fares, which are expected to fall 7% this winter. He said the low fares were already causing problems for rivals, including Flybe which was rescued last week.

Profits are now expected to be in a range of €1.0bn to €1.1bn (£880m to £970m), compared with its previous forecast of €1.1bn to €1.2bn.