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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.

Ryanair continues war on screenscraping despite legal defeat

27 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has promised to continue its battle against screenscraper websites, despite losing a legal ruling to Spanish website Atrapalo last week. It said it would launch an appeal against the decision, and any further rulings in favour of screenscraping/ticket-tout websites.

Ryanair admits defeat in Aer Lingus bid

23 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair has conceded defeat in its attempted take-over of Aer Lingus after the Irish government rejected its cash offer of €1.40 per share, which valued Aer Lingus at €748m.The Irish carrier argues that the decision was wrong, as the cash offer exceeds the intrinsic value of Aer Lingus. It also says that the government’s decision means that Ryanair’s plan to double the size of Aer Lingus’ short-haul fleet and create 1,000 new Aer Lingus jobs cannot now proceed.

Ryanair launches eight new routes

22 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

Ryanair is introducing eight new routes, including four new routes from Reus (Barcelona) where it will base a third new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The new Reus routes will operate to Bournemouth, Eindhoven, Nador and Poznan, bringing Ryanair’s total investment in the airport to $210million. The airline claims it will boast its traffic to the Barcelona hub to 1 million annually, as well as sustaining 1,000 local jobs.

Ryanair expands at three bases

14 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

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.

Ryanair holds talks over Dublin-Niagara route

13 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

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 boasts 18% passenger increase in 2008

6 January 2009 Press Release Airline News

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.

Ryanair staff to take unpaid leave as recession bites

8 October 2008 Press Release Airline News

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 boosts fleet and Dublin routes

16 August 2007 Press Release Airline News

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.