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Ryanair gets embroiled in Twitter row

6 March 2009 Press Release Travel Technology News

Ryanair has become embroiled in a spat over abusive bloggers setting up microsites on Twitterpurporting to be the official Ryanair site.One site, which has now been suspended, made abusive remarks about customers of the low-cost carrier, including describing them as “mostly stupid”.

Ryanair present tourism rescue plan

5 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair, the World’s largest international airline has presented its rescue plan for Irish tourism to the Government appointed Tourism Renewal Group in a briefing at Dublin Castle.

Ryan air release 1million seats from £3 each

3 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (3 March) released 1 million seats starting from £3 to some of Europe’s most exciting ski destinations from the UK. Ski lovers all over the UK can take advantage of the £3 seats up for grabs. Fly from Birmingham and London (Stansted) to Cuneo (the Italian Alps) or from Bristol and Liverpool to Grenoble Lyon.

Ryanair to remove check-in desks

20 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair could remove all its check-in desks by as early as the end of this year in an effort to cut costs even further.Chief executive Michael O’Leary said the savings would be passed on to passengers in the form of lower fares.

Ryanair launches inflight mobile service

19 February 2009 Press Release Travel Technology News

Ryanair has become the first airline in the UK and Ireland to offer mobile calls during flights. The launch on 20 of its Dublin based aircraft today comes as its first step to rolling out the service across its 170 pan-European fleet within 18 months.The low-cost carrier has been keen to introduce the system since last year, but has been waiting for authorisation from European regulators.

Ryanair cuts Liverpool services

19 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair is cutting back services from Liverpool Airport this summer, blaming it on the rising government airport passenger duty (APD), and the slump in the pound.Ten routes are being axed with the loss of 50 jobs among pilots, cabin crew and engineers. This will result in an 8% drop in traffic from Ryanair’s northwest hub, a 14% cut in weekly rotations, as well as a 14 perent cut in aircraft from 7 to 6.

Ryanair cuts 11 routes to Poland

10 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has become the latest airline to cut services to Poland, by axing 11 of its routes from next month. The cancelled services include those from Bristol, Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Luton and Liverpool.

Ryanair introduces duty-free carriage levy

4 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has introduced a new £28.50 levy to carry duty-free onboard if passengers cannot fit it into their carrier bag. The low-cost carriers says this is to “ensure fairness to all passengers” and to stop the breaching of its luggage rules.The rules come as Ryanair tightens restrictions on what passengers can carry on board its aircraft free of charge. Hand baggage remains free, but passengers must pay for anything which gets put into the hold.

Ryanair enters talks with Boeing and Airbus for up to 400 jets

3 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair is in early talks with Boeing and Airbus about an order for up to 400 short-haul jets, one of the biggest ever purchases of new aircraft.The low-cost giant is hoping to take advantage of the weakening commercial aerospace market. It is also hoping to repeat a similar tactic when it ordered 100 aircraft and another 50 options in January 2002, near the bottom of the last aviation recession following the attacks of September 11th and the SARS epidemic.

Ryanair hikes forecast as fuel price tumbles

2 February 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has raised its profit forecast for 2009 due to tumbling fuel costs. The low-cost carrier said it was likely to report an annual profit of between €50m and €80m, against previous guidance that it would just break even.It posted a €128.7 million loss (£114 million) before tax in its third quarter to December 31, but it expects that figure to start improving immediately.

Ryanair partners Booking.com for hotel sales

30 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has teamed up hotel reservation service Booking.com to offer hotels across Europe via its website. The tie-up follows its split with Expedia last year over unpaid revenues to the carrier of around ?5 million.