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Ryanair's CEO Worries About Terror 'Cloud' Over on Europe's Airlines

Ryanair Holding is battling lower fares in the first months of its financial year, weighed down by French air-traffic controller strikes and by travelers’ concerns about a future terrorist incident following last month’s bombings in Brussels. “There is a kind of cloud hanging over our business,” Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary said in an interview Tues...

Ryanair First Serbia Flights Announced

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fares airline, today (20 April) announced its first Serbia flights, with a new route from Nis to Berlin commencing on 4 September, with a twice weekly service which will deliver 30,000 customers p.a. at Nis Airport. Ryanair’s Serbian operations will deliver: 1 new route to Berlin (2 x weekly – Thursday & Sunday) 2 weekly return flights to/...

Ryanair Eastern Europe Expansion Poses Wizz Air Challenge

Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest discount airline, is pushing further into Eastern Europe than it previously planned, heightening competition with Wizz Air Holdings Plc, the area’s leading low-cost operator. Since January, Ryanair has announced new bases in Sofia in Bulgaria, Vilnius in Lithuania, Bucharest and Timisoara in Romania and — last week — the Czech...

Ryanair Is Inviting Passengers to Complain Via App

Ryanair Holding Plc. once notorious for its spartan cabins and hands-off attitude to customer service, plans to give passengers still unconvinced by a recent charm offensive a platform to make their gripes clear. Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier will introduce a “Rate My Flight” mobile feature as part of the third phase of its Always Getting Better program, according to Chief...

Boeing, Ryanair Celebrate Milestone Delivery of Airline's 400th Next-Generation 737-800

Boeing  and Ryanair marked a milestone today with the delivery of the airline's 400th Next-Generation 737-800. The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world. "The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been the foundation upon which our successful and safe growth ha...

Ryanair Flight 3445 Circles Airport 9 Times Due to Emergency

A Ryanair flight was forced to spend an hour circling Manchester airport (United Kingdom) after striking a bird on take off. The plane was heading to Palma in Mallorca when the pilot had to loop the airport nine times to burn fuel before abandoning the journey and returning to Manchester. The flight crew declared an emergency a little after 6pm yesterday. It was due...

Fatigued Superjet test pilot used wrong throttle before crash

Icelandic investigators have concluded that a fatigued Sukhoi Superjet crew advanced the wrong throttle lever during a single-engined go-around test before the aircraft overran the runway. The inquiry into the 21 July 2013 accident at Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport found that, although the crew was well-rested before the original planned duty time, “significant and repeated&...

Ryanair Reports Q3 Profit Of €103M, Up €54M

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (Feb 1) announced Q3 profits of €103m, a 110% increase on prior year. Traffic grew 20% to 25m as ave. fares fell 1% to €40 (load factors rose 5% points to 93%) while unit costs fell by 5% (ex-fuel down 1%). Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, said: “We are pleased to report that our low fares policy delivered stron...