Hertz was previously Ryanair's exclusive car hire partner but the US firm terminated the agreement with effect from midday today (Thursday), claiming that Ryanair's agreement with global distribution system (GDS) companies represents a breach of contract.
In Ryanair's view, Hertz is the party in breach of contract and will be pursuing the US firm for damages over the ending of a contract that was set to run until 2020.
“We regret Hertz's decision to end our car hire agreement at such short notice today, at a time that will cause maximum inconvenience to our customers during the peak travel period. We have had a long and successful partnership with Hertz, and it's a pity that this has ended in such an unfortunate and untimely manner,” said Ryanair's boss, Michael O'Leary.
“Since we expect that any losses arising from this interruption to our car hire services will be recovered from our legal proceedings against Hertz, we do not expect this interruption to have a material impact on current earnings,” O'Leary said.
Shares in Ryanair were little changed in afternoon trading.