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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Ryanair to ground tenth of fleet

Ryanair said Tuesday it will ground up to 10 percent of its fleet over the winter because of rising airport charges.

Ryanair has complained to OFT about its ongoing row with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority.

The Irish budget carrier claimed it would be more profitable to keep 20 of its planes on the ground at airports in London and Dublin.

The announcement came despite Ryanair unveiling a 17 percent rise in pre-tax profits to €528 million ($818 million) in the first quarter of 2008.

The airline's CEO Michael O'Leary blamed the decision on the "unjustified" doubling in landing and handling charges levied by the British Airports Authority and higher charges at Dublin Airport.

O'Leary said the low-cost carrier would break even if oil prices remained at $130 a barrel for the remainder of 2008.

"The over-riding concern for airlines, passengers and investors currently is the irrational price of oil," O'Leary said in a statement.

In spite of a 20 percent rise in passenger numbers, O'Leary has imposed a pay freeze on himself and Ryanair's top 36 managers.

The airline has faced a difficult year so far.

In April, the British advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority referred Europe's leading low-cost carrier to the Office of Fair Trading over allegations it was giving customers misleading information on its Web site.

Two months earlier, Ryanair had to pay compensation to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy after using a photo of the French leader and his wife Carla Bruni without permission in an advert.



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Aer Lingus files EU lawsuit seeking removal of Ryanair as its top shareholder

Aer Lingus Group PLC filed a lawsuit Monday in the European Union's second-highest court in hopes of forcing its main rival, budget airline Ryanair, to sell its shares in Aer Lingus.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Aer Lingus confirms plans to challenge Ryanair's stake

ALMOST 30pc of Aer Lingus' could come onto the market by the middle of next year, if Aer Lingus succeeds in a new legal bid to remove Ryanair from its share register.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Ryanair vows to increase Shannon-London services

Ryanair has announced plans to increase flights between Shannon and London if Aer Lingus goes ahead with plans to end its Heathrow service from the Co Clare airport. (page not found)

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ryanair would not want Alitalia even for free

Ryanair would not want to take over Alitalia even if it were given away for free, the Irish low-cost carrier's chief executive said on Wednesday, describing the Italian airline as a 'mess'.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ryanair profit growth slows on lower fares

Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe's biggest discount airline, reported the slowest increase in quarterly profit in a year after the carrier slashed ticket prices to attract passengers.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Ryanair breached rules with Brown ads

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints against two of four Ryanair advertisements which criticised Gordon Brown over air passenger duty.


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Monday, July 16, 2007

Ryanair and Easyjet lose French battle

Easyjet and Ryanair must apply French employment laws to staff operating from the country after a court threw out an attempt by the two budget airlines to bypass local rules.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ryanair to sue EC in row over state aid to rival airlines

Ryanair has announced its intention to sue the European Commission for allegedly failing to investigate complaints over state aid to national airlines.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ryanair to Sue EU Over Aer Lingus Bid

Ryanair has declared it will sue EU regulators if their hostile takeover bid for Aer Lingus was blocked, claiming it is the victim of political bias. (page not found)

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Budapest Airport welcomes new Ryanair flight decision

Ryanair will operate four flights a week between Budapest and Nottingham from October 31, a decision welcomed by the head of Budapest Airport.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Ryanair declares price war

Ryanair has declared a price war against EasyJet and other low cost rivals, slashing 10 million tickets to £10 amid a downward turn in passenger numbers.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Ryanair envisages no-frills transatlantic fares under $15

Ryanair may start a transatlantic operation linking its European bases with the United States from as little as $US12.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ryanair boss plans £6 transatlantic flights

Ryanair is planning to launch flights to the United States from just £6 per ticket.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Ryanair to serve larger airports

Ryanair's chief executive has announced plans to serve larger airports in a bid to double passenger numbers in a five year timeframe.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ryanair battles 'overcharging' travel websites

Ryanair has begun blocking bookings from several travel websites after it claimed that they overcharge passengers for flights


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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ryanair threatens pilots with sack

Ryanair has issued a statement reinforcing its commitment to safety after reports that pilots had made dangerous approaches to airports.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Ryanair retracts emissions claim

Budget carrier Ryanair, which describes itself as Europe's greenest, cleanest airline, has retracted a claim that it had cut emissions of carbon dioxide by half over the past five years.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ryanair sues France over work law

Ryanair is suing the French government, claiming new labor laws are restricting its operations.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ryanair error blamed after passenger jet nearly crashed into airport

A Ryanair aircraft carrying 144 passengers and crew narrowly avoided crashing after the airline failed to inform its pilots of changes to the approach to an airport.


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