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Budget airline Ryanair tells Brits ‘pay £6,000 to fly home from Brussels’

Ryanair told a group of Britons they would have to pay up to £6,000 if they wanted to fly home from Brussels on Tuesday evening after the city was rocked by two terror attacks, which left 34 dead and 240 injured, an MP has said. Labour MP for Sefton Central Bill Esterson told the House of Commons: “I have been contacted by a number of my constituents who are in Brussels, who tr...

Ryanair launches Newcastle winter schedule

Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Newcastle winter schedule, with two new routes to Lanzarote and Tenerife, a new winter service to Malaga, and more flights to Alicante and Dublin, with further growth planned. The schedule is expecyed to deliver 330,000 customers per year and support 250 jobs at Newcastle Airport, as Ryanair doubles its Newcastle traffic. In Newcastle, Ryanair’s He...

Inside Ryanair's corporate jet: Caviar, champagne and lots of legroom

Ryanair launched its first customised jet this week, with 60 business class seats and fine dining catering facilities on offer to clients. Business looks brisk, too. Since its launch, the airline has been flooded with booking enquiries, according to its Head of Communications, Robin Kiely. "We were inundated with requests not just from corporate bookers and finance companies, but also h...

Ryanair to launch new private jet for hire

LOW-COST AIRLINE Ryanair has announced that it is set to launch its own private jet charter. The Boeing 737-700 plane will be available for corporate and group hire. Far from the bolt-upright economy seating you might associate with the budget airline’s services around Europe, this for-hire service will come with a touch of luxury. The plane contains 60 business class reclining leat...

Ryanair Feb Traffic Grows 28% To 7.4M Customers

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (3 Mar) released February traffic statistics as follows: • Traffic grew 28% to 7.4m customers. • Load factor rose 4% points to 93%. • Rolling annual traffic to Feb grew 17% to 104.6m customers. Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair’s February traffic grew by 28% to 7.4m customers, while our load factor jumpe...

FLY Leasing Closes $385 Million Aircraft Acquisition Facility

FLY Leasing Limited , a global leader in aircraft leasing, today announced that it has closed a $385 million blind pool aircraft acquisition facility. The facility has a three-year revolving period followed by a three-year term and will bear interest at LIBOR plus 2.00% during the revolving period. The lenders include Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York Branch, MUFG’s bank...

Aer Lingus flight disembarked after fireworks found on board

AN AER LINGUS flight has been evacuated after fireworks were found on board. This happened on a flight bound from Dublin to Paris earlier on 28 of February. Flight EI 523 was stalled on the stand and passengers left the plane after the discovery was made. It is understood that the fireworks were children’s paper bangers, sold popularly as ‘Fun Snaps’, and not a serious t...

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary is the latest entry in the list of Irish billionaires

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary became Ireland's latest billionaire when as the 54-year-old saw his worth grow from €755m (£595m, $832m) in 2015 to €1.08bn this year. In January, the budget airline said it carried over 100m passengers for the first time in a year (2015), while its monthly traffic in December 2015 surged as the carrier cut fares to encourage passengers to tr...

Ryanair CEO Says He Will Plaster His Planes With Anti-Brexit Slogans

And he warned that Britain leaving the EU could raise fares. Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, has built a reputation on his quotability and unapologetic pursuit of cost cutting, which has made the discount airline one of Europe’s most successful. (He’s especially famous for calling a customer an “idiot” when she complained about having to pay to print her boarding...

Ryanair unveils new routes from Scotland

Ryanair has announced a number of new international destinations from Scotland in its 2016 winter schedule. The budget airline will launch six new twice-weekly services from Edinburgh later this year. Destinations from the capital will include Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Palma and Poznan. There will also be more flights in the winter schedule to Alicante, Barcelona, Copen...

Ryanair: 3 New Manchester Winter 16 Routes To Berlin, Hamburg & Nuremberg

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, announced 3 new daily winter services from Manchester to Berlin, Hamburg and Nuremberg, beginning at the start of November. Ryanair celebrated its new Manchester winter routes by releasing seats for sale from just £19.99 for travel in November. These low fare seats are available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight Tuesday (16 Fe...

ASL Aviation Group Signs Conditional Agreement To Acquire TNT Airline Operations

ASL Aviation Group has reached agreement to acquire the airline operations of TNT Express N.V. (hereafter TNT), comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The agreement is conditional on the completion of the intended acquisition ofTNT, which is expected in the first half of 2016. The change of ownership and control of TNT&r...