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Ryanair forges ahead of easyJet

Ryanair forges ahead of easyJet

6 August 2009 Airline News

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.

Ryanair announces 39 new routes

Ryanair announces 39 new routes

29 July 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair, the World’s favourite airline, announced today (29th July 09) that it will open 39 new routes to/from the Canary Islands this winter starting in October.

Ryanair warns on outlook despite 550% profit hike

Ryanair warns on outlook despite 550% profit hike

27 July 2009 Airline News

Ryanair has posted a 550% rise in quarterly profits but warned that its price war with rival carriers is likely to result in lower-than-expected annual profits. Net first quarter profits rose to €136.5 million due to an unexpected 42% drop in fuel costs.

Ryanair cuts Stansted capacity 40%

Ryanair cuts Stansted capacity 40%

21 July 2009 Airline News

Ryanair has announced a 40% cutback in capacity to its Stansted services this winter, with the number of operational aircraft dropping from 40 to 24. The low-cost carrier says this represents a 30% reduction in the number of weekly flights and a loss of 2.5m passengers at the Essex airport between October 2009 and March 2010.

Standing room only for Ryanair

6 July 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is considering plans for passengers to stand during flights so more people can be squeezed onboard.

Ryanair to phase out check-in desks by next year

24 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has unveiled plans to stop passengers checking in baggage next year in its bid to reduce airport handling costs. Under the plan, passengers would drop all but one bag at the aircraft steps, possibly paying £5 per bag for each placed in the hold.The move comes as part of a package of new check-in measure, which could eventually force other airlines to follow its lead for short-haul flights.

Ryanair halts explansion at nine UK bases

23 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (23rd June 09) confirmed that it will freeze growth at its nine UK bases with immediate effect.  Ryanair highlighted that Gordon Brown’s £10 tourist tax, combined with the BAA Monopoly’s high airport charges have caused the loss of over 4.5 million passengers at the BAA UK airports in the first five months of the year.