Showing posts with label Ryanair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ryanair. Show all posts

08 May, 2024

Budget airlines easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz air join forces to warn European Commission against limiting scope of non-CO2 MRV

easyJet has teamed up with Ryanair and Wizz air to send a letter to the Director Generals of the European Commission, urging them to maintain the full geographical scope of its Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) for non-CO2 emissions.

The airlines have appealed to the Commission that it must hold firm and ignore attempts being made by other industry actors to restrict the scope of the research to Intra-European flights only - arguing if pushed through this would be a huge missed opportunity to enhance understanding about non-CO2 effects in global regions.

In a joint statement, the three European airlines said:  “easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air today (3rd May) submitted a joint letter to the EU commission calling on them to reject the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) attempts to restrict monitoring of non-CO2 effects to intra-European flights.

Given long-haul extra-EEA flights account for c.70% of Europe’s aviation emissions, limiting the geographical scope of this research would not only undermine the EU’s proposed Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) programme but would be a huge missed opportunity to enhance understanding about non-CO2 effects in regions such as the North-Atlantic, where a high concentration of contrails are formed by long-haul flights.

We believe increased funding, data gathering, and research are necessary to build increased understanding of non-Co2 effects and how to best mitigate any negative impact they might have.”


23 April, 2024

Direct flights from Manchester to ‘Italy’s best kept secret’ begin this month

Passengers will soon be able to fly directly from Manchester to Reggio Calabria in southwest Italy – making Manchester the first UK airport with a direct link to the city.

Flights will run on Wednesdays and Sundays with Ryanair, starting on Sunday 28th April, from as little as £14.99 per person one-way.

The city provides visitors with an ideal base to explore the wider Calabria region – often referred to as the country’s ‘best kept secret’ by travel writers.

Calabria is the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘boot’, and the city of Reggio Calabria faces the island of Sicily across Strait of Messina. The region is one of the most affordable parts of the country to visit and has long been popular with Italian tourists, but international visitors are only just beginning to discover this hidden gem – which combines white sand beaches and spectacular scenery with the culture, architecture and fantastic food that Italy is famous for.

Here are just some of the highlights that holidaymakers from Manchester will be able to indulge in this summer;

Lap up the sun on a Calabrian beach

If it’s sun, sea and sand you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Calabria, which has more outstanding beaches than you could ever hope to visit in one trip. Some of the very best are found in and around the village of Tropea, which is less than two hours from Reggio Calabria by train and makes for a great day trip.

08 April, 2024

New Derry - Birmingham service starts

New Ryanair Derry - Birmingham service starts
Ryanair’s new year-round Birmingham  - City of Derry Airport started on Wednesday 3rd April, which provided a well-earned cause for celebration with Jade Kirwan, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, and the Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Cllr Patricia Logue, in attendance to mark the occasion. The new route will provide much needed connectivity to the UK Midlands for leisure and corporate travellers across the Northwest, and budget-friendly fares with prices starting from just £14.95 one-way.

The passengers travelling on the inaugural arrival and departure services between City of Derry and Birmingham were treated to some VIP hospitality with a range of complimentary refreshments, special retail offers, free samples from local crafters, and family fun with the Easter Bunny himself! The first arrival passengers also received a warm welcome to the Northwest with a water salute over the Ryanair aircraft on arrival onto the airfield.

Jade Kirwan, Head of Communications at Ryanair stated: “Ryanair is delighted to officially launch our exciting new Summer ’24 schedule at City of Derry Airport, with the first flight of our new Birmingham route taking off today (3rd Apr). Ryanair’s new Birmingham route will operate twice per week (Wed & Sat), building on our regular services to/from Manchester – the UK’s ‘Capital of the North’, and offering our customers even greater connectivity with the UK, whether travelling for work, study, or leisure, at Ryanair’s infamous low fares.”

26 February, 2024

Ryanair may have to cut summer flights due to further Boeing delays

Ryanair may have to cut summer flights due to further Boeing delays, reports Joanna Plucinska of Reuters. 

Ryanair will receive even fewer Boeing aircraft by the end of June than previously expected, CEO Michael O'Leary said on Friday, potentially causing the budget carrier to cut its summer schedule at the busiest time of the year.

The Dublin-based airline is the first in Europe to warn of disruption due a deepening crisis at Boeing, which has been mired in a regulatory audit and has been prohibited from ramping up 737 MAX production since the Jan. 5 mid-air panel blowout of a new Alaska Airlines MAX 9.

Ryanair was due to receive 57 Boeing MAX 8-200 planes by end-April, but just over a week ago Boeing told the airline it would receive around 50 aircraft by end-June, O'Leary said. That could now change.  "We don't really know how many aircraft we're going to get from Boeing," O'Leary told a media briefing. "We're pretty sure we're going to get 30 to 40. We're reasonably confident we're between 40 and 45. And now we are far less confident we're going to get between 45 and 50."

In a statement to Reuters, Boeing confirmed it had told some airlines that deliveries could be delayed as the company ensures planes meet all regulatory standards.  "We deeply regret the impact this is having on our valued customer Ryanair," Boeing said. "We're working to address their concerns and taking action on a comprehensive plan to strengthen 737 quality and delivery performance." 

The delays mean Ryanair might have to remove some flights from its summer schedule, O'Leary said, cutting capacity for what is expected to be a record summer of travel.  "If we only get 40, by the end of March we will have to announce some minor schedule cuts," he said.  That means Ryanair is likely to carry only 200 million passengers for the financial year beginning in April, versus the 205 million previously forecast.  Further capacity constraints could make the carrier less competitive against low-cost rivals like easyJet,  Ryanair's stock has risen by a quarter over the past two years, making it the best-performing European airline as the industry rides a post-pandemic boom in travel.

15 February, 2024

Holiday giant TUI to start using Ryanair flights for package holidays.

The UK arm of the European holiday giant TUI is to start using Ryanair as part of its dynamic package holiday business for the first time.   This landmark deal will see the holiday firm sell more than a million packages using the low-fare-high-fees carrier’s flights. It's a move that will no doubt surprise a lot of people in the travel and aviation industries who wouldn't have thought these two entities were likely bedfellows.  But, in recent times, Ryanair has been trying to forge a way forward with holiday companies and recently signed a deal with other holiday firms.

David Schelp, CEO Markets & Airlines, at TUI Group, said: “More hotels, more flight connections, more excursions, and activities while travelling and at home – we are creating even more choice for our guests. The agreement we have now reached will create more travel options for our guests than ever before. In the UK in particular, our guests will be able to choose from an even wider range of flights in future – and furthermore to a strong program with TUI Airline’s own flights.”  

Ryanair’s Dara Brady said:  “We are pleased to announce this partnership with TUI, which will enable TUI customers to now book Ryanair flights, seats, and bags as part of their holiday package with the guarantee that they will have full price transparency of Ryanair products, and that they will receive any information regarding their flight directly from Ryanair as well as having direct access to their booking through their myRyanair account."

It is unknown if TUI UK has taken on more customer service agents to cope with the expected increase in the number of complaints, however, a number of recently recruited cabin crew have expressed concern that their jobs are no longer secure. 


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04 January, 2024

Ryanair calls online travel firms 'Pirates' and some drop the carrier from their sites.

The bullying European budget airline Ryanair has hit out at online travel agents after getting dropped by a string of them in the run-up to Christmas. Multimillionaire boss Michael O'Leary called the online retailers 'Pirates' in a bitter attack on them after news broke that a growing number of online agencies had dropped sales of the airline. 

The airline confirmed sales and load factor will be hit in the short term by being dropped by the online sales sites, by as much as 2% in January alone. However,  the carrier thinks long-term profits or load factors will not be materially affected. 

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "Ryanair will respond to this welcome removal of our flights from OTA [online travel agent] pirate websites, by lowering fares where necessary to encourage all passengers to book directly on where they are guaranteed to always get the lowest air fares...   In the meantime, Ryanair continues to make its fares available to honest/transparent OTA's such as Google Flights".

The aggressive way Ryanair is attacking those online retailers is nothing new, the company takes great pride in breaking the mould in decency when dealing with any company or person it doesn't like or criticise the airline, frequently taking to social media to bully, insult or otherwise denigrate. 

The online travel agents that have dropped Ryanair have thus far remained silent on the issue. 

29 September, 2023

Ryanair axes winter flights following Boeing MAX delays

The low-fare-high-fee carrier Ryanair has axed a number of flights from its winter schedules because of a delay in aircraft deliveries from Boeing, UK travel trade magazine, TTG reported on Thursday. 

The airline will only receive 14 of the 27 new 737 MAX jets that it was due to receive between September and December this year. Boeing claims the delays are due to production issues at its Kansas factory and repair and delivery delays in Seattle.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:  "We are working closely with Boeing and their supplier, Spirit, to minimise these delivery delays. It is deeply regrettable that production problems in Wichita, and in Seattle, have yet again delayed Boeing’s contracted deliveries to Ryanair this winter. We are in regular dialogue with Boeing, and our primary objective is to ensure we get delivery of all 57 contracted B737 aircraft before the end of May 2024, so that Ryanair’s fleet can grow to over 600 aircraft for what will be our largest ever summer flight programme. These flight cancellations will take effect from the end of Oct, and will be communicated to all affected passengers by email over the coming days. Passengers will be offered reaccommodation on alternative flights or full refunds as they so wish. We apologise sincerely to passengers for any inconvenience caused by these delivery delays this winter."



24 August, 2023

Ryanair to open base in Copenhagen in December 2023

Ryanair, the budget airline has confirmed it will expand in Denmark by opening a 2 aircraft base at Copenhagen from December 2023. This expasion will create 100 direct positions and many more indirectly.

Ryanair is already Copenhagen’s No. 3 airline operating 20 routes and carrying 2.3million  passengers a year.  This new 2 aircraft base will allow Ryanair to offer its unbeatable low fares to Danish citizens and visitors in direct competition to the finacially strained SAS.    

Ryanair’s winter ’23 schedule to/from Copenhagen offers 24 routes, with 4 exciting new destinations to Dusseldorf, Faro, Paris and Warsaw, and increased frequencies to Gdansk and Krakow.

The low-fare high-fee airline says it expects to operate from Copenhagen’s low-cost “CPH GO” pier. At the announcement the carrier took a swipe at the the airport and the Danish authorities demanding they lower fees and charges which its claims arte hampering recovery efforts. 

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said the new base:  "Represents a further $200m investment by Ryanair in the recovery of air traffic and tourism in Copenhagen, which continues to lag behind its pre-Covid volumes. Ryanair believes this is because the high airport fees and the high fares being charged by NAS and SAS which hampers recovery of Danish traffic and tourism."

Never one to shy away from a publicity stunt, the racist leader of the carrier even donned a horned helmet for the announcement despite there being no evidence that viking warriors ever used helmets with horns.  

23 August, 2023

Ryanair to launch four new routes from Jordan this winter.

The budget airline Ryanair is launching its biggest-ever Winter schedule to/from Amman and Aqaba in Jordan with 25 routes including 4 new routes to Brussels, Madrid, Marseille, and Pisa for Winter ’23. 

This year’s Winter ‘23 schedule marks an important milestone for Ryanair which over the past 5 years worked closely with its partners in the Jordan Tourism Board to transform Jordanian Tourism and connectivity since the airline’s first flight took off from Amman to Paphos back in 2018 and since then, has grown to carry over 1.7 million passengers to/from Jordan. Together they encourage more people to visit the numerous wonders of the Kingdom such as Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and the coastal Aqaba area.  

Ryanair’s Jordan Winter ‘23 schedule will deliver:

25 total routes 
Including 4 new routes Brussels, Madrid, Marseille, & Pisa
Over 100 flights per week
30% growth vs Winter ‘22
Over 600,000 passengers to/from Jordan each year.
Support over 500 local jobs

The Jordan Tourism Board Managing Director, Dr. Abed Al-Razzaq Arabiyat, said:  “This is a strategic partnership between the Jordan Tourism Board and Ryanair and the renewal for another five years is really important for Jordan in order to increase tourism to the country, Ryanair is a strong partner who brought new tourists to Jordan and gave us greater visibility with their expansive network. We look forward to Ryanair expanding further and bringing more connectivity, tourism and hopefully one day in the future adding a hub here in Jordan.”

09 May, 2023

Mega order for 737 MAX jets from Ryanair........up to 300 aircraft

The Irish low-fare airline Ryanair has made its largest Boeing order with up to 300 jets to help it dominate the European travel market.

The deal includes a firm order for 150 737-MAX 10 jets and options for 150 more aircraft. When finalized, and subject to all options being exercised, this deal is valued at over $40bn at current list prices and is the largest order ever placed by an Irish Company for US manufactured goods.

Ryanair has deployed a growing fleet of 737-MAX 8 -200 aeroplanes to accelerate its post-pandemic recovery and meet strong travel demand. The 197-seat 737-MAX 8-200 model has helped the airline reduce fuel use and emissions by over 20% compared to the older 737s they are replacing and reduces the space allotted to customers.  The new order adds the larger 737- MAX 10 variant, which with give the airline 228 seats to fill on each flight.  

The bombastic Ryanair Group CEO Michael  O’Leary said: "Ryanair is pleased to sign this record aircraft order for up to 300 MAX-10s with our aircraft partner Boeing.  These new, fuel-efficient, greener technology aircraft offer 21% more seats, burn 20% less fuel and are 50% quieter than our B737-NGs."

According to the airline, this order will help it create 10,000 new jobs which will be located across all of Europe’s main economies where Ryanair operates and is either the No.1 or No.2 airline.

"The Boeing-Ryanair partnership is one of the most productive in commercial aviation history, enabling both companies to succeed and expand affordable travel to hundreds of millions of people," said Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun. "Nearly a quarter century after our companies signed our first direct aeroplane purchase, this landmark deal will further strengthen our partnership. We are committed to delivering for Ryanair and helping the airline group achieve its goals."

Given the size and scale of the transaction, it will be subject to shareholder approval at the next Annual General Meeting on September 14th. 

29 April, 2023

Ryanair's petition reaches 600,000 signatures ahead of Monday's French ATC strike.

Over 600,000 passengers have signed Ryanair's “Protect Passengers: Keep EU Skies Open” petition calling on the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take immediate action to protect European citizens’ Freedom of Movement and overflights during French ATC strikes.

The budget carrier where says that when the petition reaches 1 million signatures it will submit it to the EU Commission and demand action be taken.

The petition was started 5 weeks ago by the low-fare-high-fee airline from people it says are passengers that are sick and tired of having their travel plans cancelled at short notice due to French ATC strikes.

Ryanair contends that passengers' right to Freedom of Movement overshadows and overrules other citizens' rights to strike for fair pay. 

In the first 4 months of 2023, there have been over 50 days of French ATC strikes during which Ryanair cancelled more than 3,700 flights.

The airline says France uses Minimum Service Legislation to protect French domestic flights, while EU overflights from Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK and Ireland are disproportionately cancelled. Ryanair says this is unfair and must change. Italy and Greece already protect overflights during ATC strikes and the EU Commission must now insist that France does likewise.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "We are overwhelmed by the support for our Protect Passengers: Keep EU Skies Open petition with over 600,000 signatures already from passengers calling on EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take immediate action to protect their Freedom of Movement and overflights by keeping EU skies open during repeated French ATC strikes. We are rapidly approaching the 1 million signatures we need to force the EU Commission to take action to protect overflights and EU citizens’ Freedom of Movement.

French ATC strikes are the No.1 risk to EU citizens’ travel plans this Summer and passengers are really starting to understand that the EU Commission is doing nothing to mitigate that risk and protect their Freedom of Movement. EU citizens are now signing our petition to demand action from the EU Commission to protect them and their family’s travel plans this Summer. The EU’s Single Market for air travel should not be repeatedly disrupted by tiny French ATC unions because the EU Commission fails to take action. It’s time to protect overflights during French ATC strikes as Italy and Greece already do. If French ATC unions insist to strike (as is their right) then cancel French flights and protect overflights."

The next strike is on Monday,  a bank holiday in the UK and Ryanair has cancelled more than 200 flights. 

11 February, 2023

Ryanair to offer 12 weekly flights from Exeter in summer.

The UK's budget airline Ryanair has confirmed its new Exeter schedule for Summer 2023, with 12 weekly flights across 3 sunny hotspot destinations, including its new Faro route operating 4 time per week from Sunday, 4 June.

Ryanair’s Exeter Summer 2023 schedule will deliver:

– 3 routes (incl. 1 new) – Alicante, Faro & Malaga
– 12 weekly flights
– +67% growth on Summer 2022
– 63K passengers to/from Exeter in FY24
– Over 45 local jobs

Exeter citizens/visitors can now book a well-deserved Summer break enjoying Ryanair’s lowest fares to the widest choice of destinations, incl. its exciting new Faro route for Summer 2023, on

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan, said:  “Ryanair is pleased to announce our Exeter schedule for Summer 2023 (+67% growth on S22), with over 12 weekly flights across 3 sunny hotspot destinations, including our exciting new Faro route, offering Exeter citizens/visitors even more choice for their summer holidays at the lowest fares in Europe.

For cost-conscious families, there is no better choice than Ryanair’s industry-leading low fares, particularly now that you can spread out the cost of your holiday by paying half the price now and the other half up to 40 days pre-departure when you book Ryanair’s Family Plus bundle, making family holidays easier for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming thousands of customers/visitors onboard our flights to/from Exeter this Summer as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for the UK.”

Exeter Airport Managing Director, Stephen Wiltshire, said:  “We’re delighted to see Ryanair growing its schedule from Exeter Airport and offering even more choice to local customers. The new route to Faro this summer adds to Ryanair’s year-round flights to Alicante and Malaga and is a fantastic addition to our network, with a total of 26 destinations on offer this year.”

11 January, 2023

Ryanair expands flights from Exeter Airport

Ryanair, Europe’s No1 airline, is expanding its schedule from Exeter Airport with the launch of new flights to Portugal.  The twice weekly flights to Faro, capital of southern Portugal’s stunning Algarve region, start from 4th June next year and run throughout the summer to late October.

The new service adds to Ryanair’s year-round flights to Alicante and Malaga in Spain from Exeter Airport. The last time flights operated from Exeter to Faro was in 2019, with Flybe. 

Stephen Wiltshire, managing director of Exeter Airport, said: “This is great news for passengers and adds another great destination to Exeter Airport’s schedule for next summer. Faro has always been a popular route and I’m sure passengers will be delighted to see its return.” 

Dara Brady, Director of Digital & Marketing, Ryanair said: “We are pleased to announce this new from Exeter to Faro for Summer ’23, giving our Exeter customers greater choice when planning their upcoming summer holidays to the beaches of the Algarve.”

Exeter Airport is currently offering winter sunshine breaks with year-round flights to Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife, and flights to Gran Canaria until mid-April. Weekly ski flights to Chambery run until 18th March, and the airport has year-round flights to Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Guernsey and Jersey.

15 September, 2022

Ryanair And OMV Sign 160,000 Tonne SAF Deal

Ryanair, the budget airline of Europe, OMV, the international integrated oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Ryanair airports across Austria, Germany and Romania. While limited production of SAF remains a global aviation issue, this MoU gives Ryanair unique access to purchase up to 160,000 tonnes (53m gallons) of SAF from OMV over the next 8 years, saving over 400,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions (equivalent to c.25,000 Ryanair flights from Dublin to Vienna).

This landmark deal demonstrates Ryanair’s continued commitment towards 12.5% SAF by 2030 target and the airline’s ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Ryanair has already made significant progress towards its environmental goals through its $22bn investment in its new Boeing 737 ‘Gamechanger’ fleet, which produce 16% less emissions and 40% less noise; the Sustainable Aviation Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin, and now its partnership with OMV, who is also advancing its ambitious strategic sustainability goals by adding SAF to its product range among several other measures.

Speaking from Vienna, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler said:

“SAF plays a key role in our Pathway to Net Zero decarbonisation strategy in which we have committed to increasing our use of SAF over the coming years – a commitment that this deal with OMV will help move further forward. OMV is a key partner for Ryanair in Austria, Germany and Romania and we look forward to growing this partnership as Europe’s largest airline Group.”

Nina Marczell, OMV Vice President Aviation, Fuels Distributors & Public Sector:

“We are committed to reducing our own carbon footprint as well as supporting our customers in reducing theirs. This Memorandum of Understanding is a great opportunity to accelerate both companies’ sustainability efforts. Sustainable aviation fuel significantly reduces CO2 emissions, and we are delighted to collaborate with a strong partner like Ryanair and to provide solutions for the sustainable development of the aviation industry.”

08 August, 2022

Ryanair to battle Hungarian government over tax issue

Budget airline Ryanair said it would appeal to the courts after Hungary fined it for passing on the cost of a special business tax, worth 800 billion forints ($2.1 billion) in total, following a consumer protection investigation, reports Reuters. 

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government in May announced the special tax measure targeting "extra profits" earned by major banks, energy companies and other firms, aiming to plug budget holes created by a spending spree that helped him gain re-election in April.

"The consumer protection authority has found a breach of the law today because the airline (Ryanair) has misled customers with its unfair business practice," Justice Minister Judit Varga said in a Facebook post on Monday.

"Ryanair ... will immediately appeal any baseless fine raised by the Hungarian Consumer Protection Agency," the email said. "No notice of any such fine has yet been received by Ryanair. If necessary, Ryanair will appeal this matter to the EU courts."

The new levy on involves a tax worth 10 to 25 euros on passengers departing Hungary from July.

04 July, 2022

Ryanair Spanish cabin crew 12 more strike days ......

Ryanair cabin crew based in Spanis have issued advance notification of 12 days of strike action over a dispute regarding pay and conditions. The Spanish unions USO and SICTPLA confirmed at the weekend that cabin crew would take the action over July 12-15, 18-21 and 25-28 at 10 Spanish airports where the budget carrier operates.  

In a statement, the unions said:  "The unions and crew of Ryanair ... demand a change of attitude from the airline," calling for Ryanair to return to negotiations over pay issues including the payment of the minimum wage.  Unions also called on the government "not to allow Ryanair to violate labour legislation and constitutional rights such as the right to strike".

Ryanair remained bullish on its stance, claiming the action would have minimal effect on the airline, just as the current action had only caused 10 flight cancellations, it also said the strike had little support with a spokesperson saying the crew were lucky to have jobs at all, given the current situatuion. 

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22 June, 2022

Fuel leak causes Ryanair delay at East Midlands

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A Ryanair flight from East Midlands Airport had to be delayed for a number of hours today after a fuel leak during its turnaround this morning.   The 737 jet was operating flight FR9085 to Alicante in Spain, with a scheduled departure time of 7.05am. However, the leak saw fuel pouring out and all over the apron causing an emergency response and leading to a delay of a number of hours.  

A spokesperson for the airport said: "A technical issue during re-fuelling delayed the departure of a Ryanair flight to Alicante this morning. The flight is due to leave early afternoon. It has had no impact on other operations."

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21 June, 2022

UK "Government couldn’t run a sweet shop” fumes boss of Ryanair.

Michael O'Leary the boss of the low-fare-high-fee carrier Ryanair has taken another shot at the UK’s government over the continuing travel chaos endured at some of the UK’s leading airports.  The bombastic boss warned that the disruption could continue throughout summer and into the autumn travel period.

Speaking to Sky News, he said that London Gatwick and London Heathrow would be the worst affected by the situation saying that thousands of flights would need to be cancelled. "I think this problem is going to continue, particularly at those airports like Gatwick and Heathrow, right throughout the summer.  It will be worse at weekends, it will be better during the week."

O'Leary blustered that Ryanair was fully staffed and operating a full schedule so its not his fault there is disruption. Yet, crewing staff have a different opinion – “we’re running at 10% below [staff numbers] than what we need right now.”

Ryanair saw around 24% of its flights delayed over the weekend, due to air traffic control delays, a further 15% were affected by delays at the airport or with handling firms.

The multi-millionaire O’Leary said: the cause of the disruption was "one of the by-products of the struggle to recover smoothly from two years of COVID lockdown and government mismanagement".

It didn’t take the Irishman long before he started blaming Brexit, telling the TV channel “This problem will not be resolved until we start allowing European workers to come in and do the jobs that, frankly, UK people no longer wish to do."

"And Brexit is one of the big bug bears in the system - it has introduced enormous labour market inflexibility in the UK."

He also sneered at government comments that the aviation industry was one of the best-supported sectors during the covid pandemic. "That's the government's response to everything - this government couldn't run a sweet shop," he bemoaned, adding: “The problem here is not one of the airlines' making.”

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15 June, 2022

Ryanair dropping Afrikaans test

The low-fare-high-fee airline Ryanair is dropping its controversial and racist ‘Afrikaans’ test for holders of South African passports holders.

The group's chief executive Michael O’Leary told the media that imposing the test “doesn’t make any sense”.

Ryanair introduced the test some time ago following an alleged influx of fake passports from South Africa. Anyone who failed the test wouldn’t be allowed to travel but would be given a full refund according to the airline last week.

Many complained that the test was racist and a large section of the population see Afrikaans as a symbol of minority white rule. South Africa has 11 languages in common usage and the budget airline hadn’t disclosed why it chose Afrikaans.

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13 June, 2022

More travel chaos ahead as strike action looms.....

Just when you thought the travel chaos at Britain’s airports was as bad as it gets, things are set to get worse for passengers of budget airline Ryanair, whose staff are set to walk out.

Cabin crew for the carrier based in Spain are scheduled to go on strike between 24th June and 30th June and again on the first two days of July. Unions advise that staff are taking action over working conditions and pay. The airline doesn’t think any strikes will go ahead as a collective agreement with CCOO.

Scandinavian Airlines System pilots in Sweden have also announced a round of strike action set to begin at the end of this moth after negotiations broke up in failure. 

Swedish pilots' union SPF advised that as no agreement had been reached, flight deck crew will take industrial action in Norway, Sweden and Denmark from 29th June. It is understood that around 900 pilots would strike affecting approximately 250 flights each day across the airline’s route network.

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