Saturday, 2 March 2019

Venice Marco Polo to become a winter destination for Ryanair

Ryanair, one of Europe’s leading low-fare-high-fee airlines will be starting a route to Venice Marco Polo Airport from London Stansted, but not until October this year as the route will be started only as part of the carriers Winter 2019/20 schedule

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said, “Ryanair is pleased to announce a new London Stansted route to Venice Marco Polo commencing in October 2019, which will operate 4 times per week, as part of our winter 2019 schedule. British customers can now book flights to Venice Marco Polo as far out as March 2020."

London Stansted’s Mark Souter, London Stansted’s Head of Aviation Development said,  “It’s great news Ryanair will serve Venice Marco Polo Airport from London Stansted for winter 2019. Venice is      a fantastic and exciting city, and I’m sure the quick and convenient access these flights provide will ensure the        route proves to be really popular with passengers looking for even more choice when heading off on a winter  break.”

Meanwhile, the budget carrier under the control of bully boss Michael O'Leary continues its fight against passengers rights and to avoid paying compensation.  In the latest in a series of expensive legal cases Ryanair, welcomed the Swords (Dublin) District Court’s recent ruling that it wouldn't have to pay EU261 compensation to people who had their flights delayed/cancelled because of internal strike action in Ryanair last year. The court says such strikes are beyond the airline’s control.  Although, Ryanair could have avoided all strikes by staff around Europe had it only agreed to the majority of the demands both cabin crew and pilots had asked for. Such demands ranged from fair pay, to legal employment contracts being in the country staff actually lived and worked in, to holiday entitlement.  

Ryanair continues to say it fully complies with all EU261 legislation, yet its new system which the firm says will handle all EC261 claims within 10 days, was originally programmed to reject all claims in the first instance and there are numerous reports of Ryanair staff telling passengers they are not entitled to re-accommodation without having to pay additional fees.   

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said  “We welcome this ruling by Swords District Court confirming that no compensation is payable to customers when the (strike) delay/cancellation is beyond the airline’s control. If these strikes, by a tiny minority of Ryanair crew, were within Ryanair’s control, there would be no strikes and no delays/cancellations.

This ruling follows similar court decisions in Barcelona, Badajoz, Orense or Pontevedra in Spain."