Ryanair has announced that it will add new Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Alicante (up one to four) from June, Bristol (up two to four) from July and Edinburgh (up two to four) from March in an expansion which will bring four new routes to Alicante, 12 to Bristol and seven to Edinburgh with an investment of $350million.
Speculation of Ryanair launching a transatlantic charter service is mounting after the Irish carrier held talks yesterday with officials from Niagara Falls Airport in upstate New York.The report follows Michael O’Leary talking openly for at least a year about the possibility of setting up a trans-Atlantic carrier, separate from the Ryanair brand, if he could source a suitable fleet. Services would fly to “secondary” U.S. airports like Providence (for Boston), Long Island MacArthur (for New York) or Oakland (for San Francisco).
Ryanair has announced that it carried almost 58 million passengers in 2008, an increase of over 8 million passengers (18%) on its 2007 traffic. In December it carryied 4.4 million passengers, an 11% increase over the same month 2007. August was Ryanair’s busiest month with over 5.7 million passengers.
Four hundred Ryanair pilots and cabin crew will be forced to take one week of unpaid leave this year due to flight cut backs from Dublin and Stansted. Michael O’Leary also said Ryanair executives would also receive a pay cut of at least 10 per cent because of the current woes sweeping the aviation industry.
Ryanair has announced the launch of Ryanairvillas.com, which will give property owners the chance to advertise holiday rentals on Europe’s largest travel site.
Ryanair is appealing against the European Commission’s decision to block its proposed takeover of Aer Lingus.
Ryanair announced its intention to base two new aircraft at Dublin from November 2007 (making a total of 22 Dublin based aircraft), to launch 6 new European routes and to increase frequencies on a further 12 routes to the UK and Europe, all of which will deliver an extra 1 million passengers annually for tourism and the Irish economy.
Ryanair has applied to the regional administrative court inLazio for an immediate injunction to overturn the attempt by ENAC to restrictcapacity at Rome Ciampino Airport by almost 30% from November 2007.
Ryanair named Expedia Private Label as the exclusive partner to provide hotel accommodation for its passengers on www.ryanair.com.
Ryanair has welcomed the arrival of ten brand new aircraft that itwill receive over the next 2 months.
Ryanair appoints Ink Publishing to produce new inflight magazine, reaching a massive audience of 50 million European travellers.