Ryanair and easyJet both saw increases in passenger numbers and load factors in September – at the expense of British Airways. Ryanair’s passenger numbers increased by 17% to 6.12m – three times more than BA carried in Europe. Its load factor – the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available – rose by 1% to 85%.
Ryanair today (Friday, 2nd October 2009) held a press conference in London to update the media on Ryanair’s continuing strong growth in routes, traffic and profitability. Ryanair also released ongoing correspondence with BBC Panorama, who are ‘investigating’ Ryanair, but refuse to provide any factual evidence to support its claims, or allow Ryanair the right to reply in either a live or an unedited interview.
Easyjet Loses Faith in its Operations and ignores it’s ‘Top Priority’ punctuality now 4 months late says Ryanair
easyJet has announced plans to axe up to 20 percent of flights from its London Luton base as well as close its East Midlands hub. In a move that mirrors Ryanair’s recent hub streamlining, the low-cost carrier said it would look relocate the Luton flights to more “profitable bases”.
easyJet has revealed plans to introduce mobile check-in using handheld machines by as early as October. The low-cost carrier is also planning mobile scanning of boarding passes in a bid to reduce airport queues and staffing costs.
Ryanair is forging ahead of easyJet in its battle for the title of Europe’s largest low-cost carrier. The Irish carrier posted a 19 percent growth in traffic, a new monthly traffic record of 6.7m passengers, compared to a 4.3 percent gain, or 4.66m passengers, for its Luton-based arch rival.
easyJet has said that non-UK holidaymakers taking advantage of the strong Euro have left it “resilient” in the global downturn, and expects to be one of the few airlines to turn in a profit this year.
The long-running battle between the easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the boardroom over expansion plans is believed to have reached a compromise. At a shareholder’s meeting on Wednesday, the Luton-based carrier is expected to confirm that Sir Stelios is comfortable with its less-aggressive plans.
Europcar and easyJet have renewed their strategic booking partnership to the end of 2011, in a deal that allows easyJet customers to reserve both their flight and their rental vehicle on the easyJet.com website.
easyJet has announced plans for a new six times weekly service between London Luton and Tel Aviv, making it the first low-cost carrier to operate on the route.The new flights will commence operations on 02 November, with fares leading in at £72 one way - about half the current prices for flights between London and Israel.
easyJet has unveiled half-year losses hitting £129.8 million following a £90 million increase in fuel costs but despite the doubling in the deficit for its weaker trading period, the company claims it remains on course to make a profit in the full year.
easyJet is entering the screen scraping fray by initiating legal proceedings against German software provider, InteRes, whose customers include tour operators such as L’TUR, TUI and REWE Touristik, using the “Mercado” booking engine. easyJet claims InteRes has persisted in screen scraping, despite many warnings and in contravention of easyJet’s Acceptable Use Policy.