FRANKFURT, GERMANYRyanair leaves its base at Frankfurt Airport. The five aircraft that are still stationed there will be deployed to cheaper airports at the end of March 2022.

Ryanair has been competing with other airlines at Frankfurt Airport with low prices since 2017. The airport lured the Irish carrier with significant discounts despite the displeasure from Condor and Lufthansa. Now the fees are increased and Ryanair is not happy with it.

Passengers with tickets already booked would be notified in the coming days and refunded, the airline said.

Frankfurt crew members would also be offered new positions in Ryanair Network.

Ryanair named the increased take-off and landing fees at the beginning of the year as the reason for the withdrawal from Frankfurt International, the largest German airport.

The airport operator called the Irish carrier's criticism irrelevant. Despite a 4.3 percent increase, the price is still significantly lower than other large airports in Europe, an airport spokesperson said.

Ryanair has already lowered its forecast for the current financial year due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. The company foresees a deficit of 250 million to 450 million euros until the end of March 2022.

Ryanair's withdrawal is quite a setback for Frankfurt Airport. The new T3 terminal building cost the operator four billion euros. The terminal is exclusively designed for low-cost carriers. According to the original plan, the new terminal should open this year.