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Ryanair Rejects eDreams’ False OTA Claims

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (7 Dec) rejected claims made by eDreams that Ryanair was preventing online travel agencies (OTA) from providing consumers with the lowest fares, and re-iterated that it will continue with legal proceedings launched against eDreams and Google in the Irish High Courts last week. Ryanair confirmed that it has a number of agreements in place with OTA...

Ryanair Seeks Norwegian Air, TAP Links As Aer Lingus Talks Fail

Ryanair Holdings Plc said plans to link its short-haul operations with long-haul routes are focused on Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Portugal's TAP and an unidentified U.S. carrier after talks with Aer Lingus Holdings Plc and Virgin Atlantic Airways failed to reach an agreement. Negotiations on providing feeder traffic for trans-Atlantic services should produce a deal next summer, Chief E...

Aer Lingus looking across the Atlantic for business

Aer Lingus is expanding its services to the US, carrying high value pharmaceuticals and other medical products from Europe to the Americas. The Irish carrier’s director of cargo, Michael Sanfey tells Air Cargo Week (ACW) that the carrier increased services to San Francisco (US) to daily and it has further plans for the US. Sanfey tells ACW: “2015 is shaping to be a good year for...

Ryanair Concludes 5 Year Pay Deals At All 76 Pilot Bases

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (25 Nov) held its annual European Works Council (EWC) meeting in Dublin where it announced that it had concluded 5 year pay agreements with all 76 of its pilot bases across Europe, and has now commenced a similar process with its cabin crew, after its 2 largest bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports voted (in secret ballot) to accept 5 year de...

AFTA Secures Third Major Pilot Training Contract

Dubai Airshow exhibitor Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA, Ireland Pavilion, Stand 644) has secured its third major international pilot cadet training contract, signing a three-year deal with Turkish Airlines to start training its cadets to first officer commercial pilot level. Calling the deal a major step, AFTA said its signing builds a solid foundation for securing partnership deals with o...

German Inquiry into Ryanair Pilot Work Status Extended

Authorities in Germany have increased the scope of their investigation into Ryanair's relationship with some of its pilots. After the opening of an investigation last May, which involved raids on the apartments of three Ryanair pilots, the inquiry has grown to include about 50 pilots who fly with the airline but who are not officially Ryanair employees, registered instead with the UK agency...

Weston Aviation opens Cork FBO

Weston Aviation has opened up a new FBO in Cork, Ireland. It is the fifth FBO to be added to the company’s European network. The new Business Aviation Centre features hangar and office space capable of accommodating aircraft up to super mid-size jets. In charge of the operation as managing director Ireland is Helene Wall-Horan. Heading up the FBO team as station manager is Paul Daly, w...

Possible buyer emerges for TNT Express airline activities

Belgian maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), which is a 51% shareholder in Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group, has registered an interest in taking on TNT Express’ airline activities. TNT Express is being acquired by FedEx and, if the deal succeeds, TNT’s European airline operations will have to be divested due to airline ownership regulations. This has sparked inte...

Ryanair Lifts Profit Forecast On Fuller Planes

Ryanair has nudged up its annual profit forecast, saying fuller planes would take profits to the upper end of its previously estimated range even as winter competition pressures average ticket prices. The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, raised its full-year profit forecast by 25 percent in early September as lower fuel costs and poor weather in northern Europe boosted...

Ryanair To Open New Ibiza Base (No. 76) & Grow By 25%

Ryanair, Spain’s No.1 airline, today (29 Oct) announced it will open a new base at Ibiza (No. 76), from March 2016, with 1 based aircraft (an investment of $100m), 2 new routes to Turin and Venice Treviso, and extra flights to a further 10 European destinations, which will deliver 350,000 new customers p.a. (1.8m in total) and support 1,400* “on-site” jobs, as Ryanair’s Ibi...

Aer Lingus Announces Major Long-Haul Expansion for 2016

Aer Lingus today announced a major expansion of its transatlantic route offering for 2016 with three new routes from North America to Dublin. In addition to its nine existing routes from Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Toronto to Dublin and Boston and New York to Shannon, Aer Lingus will introduce three new routes from Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford in 2016...

Ryanair opens new base in Corfu

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (14 Oct) announced it will open a new base at Corfu (No. 75), from April 2016, with 1 based aircraft (an investment of $100m), 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw and more flights to Brussels Charleroi, East Midlands, London Stansted & Milan Bergamo, which will deli...