Ryanair has said it will appeal a court ruling granting approval for state aid to carriers in France and Sweden. The low-cost carrier said the cash favours Air France and SAS over rival airlines.
Ryanair said it has no commercial agreement with lastminute.com, and argued the company overcharges customers and provides it with “fake contact and payment details”.
With further destinations to be released in the coming weeks, the carrier is hoping to drive bookings for later in the year during the current Covid-19 shutdown.
Ryanair has reported a loss of €306 million for the third quarter of the financial year, down sharply from a profit of €88 million for the same period last year.
Ryanair will not charge customers who book a flight before the end of March any fee to later change the details. The low-cost carrier is also allowing up to two booking date moves before October.
Ryanair has been forced suspend its ‘jab and go’ advertising campaign after a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority following hundreds of complaints.
Research from Cirium comparing daily fleet activity for the past 90 days shows how easyJet placed more than half its aircraft in storage to reduce capacity.
The carrier now expects to fly a 26-30 million passengers this year, down from “below 35 million” predicted earlier. The cuts follow newly announced Covid-19 lockdowns in Ireland and the UK.
The low-cost carrier said the CAA has introduced new regulations around wet leasing aircraft ahead of the end of the Brexit transition, causing “unnecessary loss of connectivity to the UK economy”.
Ryanair hopes to take the first deliveries from early 2021, with the rest arriving over a four-year period before the end of 2024. The low-cost carrier now has a total of 210 of the planes on order.
Government plans to introduce a test and release system for travellers arriving in England have been broadly welcomed by the trade – but there are calls to go further.
The move is designed to give customers peace of mind and greater flexibly should their travel plans change, allowing them to move their flight with no change fee up to September 30th.