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Old February 27th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #761
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February 24, 2005, Thursday
We'll dwarf BA by 2010, says Ryanair
By Robert Lea, Evening Standard (UK)

Ryanair will dwarf British Airways by the end of the decade, the Irish budget airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary boasted today after putting in another multi-billion dollar order for new Boeing aircraft.

The order for 70 more Boeing 737-800s will enable the carrier to double the number of passengers it aims to carry annually to 70 million by 2010, up from the 34 million it plans to carry this year. That, said O'Leary, will make it Europe's biggest airline, taking more passengers around the continent than industry giant Lufthansa carries around the world. Lufthansa had 50 million passengers last year and is growing much more slowly than Ryanair. BA had 35 million and its growth is almost flat.

Ryanair already has 155 Boeings being delivered over the next few years and by 2010 its fleet will have quadrupled from the 51 aircraft the airline was flying last year.

The new aircraft have a list price of $ 57 million (30 million) each but Ryanair, which leases rather than buying many of them, is likely to have negotiated hefty discounts.
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Boom for Asian budget travel



BY B.K. SIDHU


MANY people in Singapore remembered AirAsia because it was the first low cost carrier (LCC) to give them a taste of low airfares.

Even taxi drivers knew more of the Malaysian-based AirAsia Bhd than some of their own low fare to mid frills carriers. That shows the power of the AirAsia brand overseas.

But AirAsia had tried in vain to get into Singapore, be it via Johor Baru or even Indonesia.

On the reverse, Singapore's airlines seem to be gaining ground in Malaysia.

The sudden signing of a code share agreement last week between Singapore’s SilkAir, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia’s national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for some Malaysian routes, including east Malaysia, came as a surprise to many.

They could not comprehend how a Singapore carrier was suddenly given the rights to fly into what is perceived as a lucrative East Malaysian air travel sector.

The question being asked is whether the signing alluded to Malaysia allowing more Singaporean players into its air travel industry?












If so, three more Singapore budget carriers are eager to come on board too.

“We will be there in a flash if the Government allows it.

“Penang and East Malaysian destinations such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are all attractive points to fly into if there are no encumbrances and available traffic rights,” Valuair chief executive officer Sim Kay Wee told StarBiz in Singapore.

Qantas-backed, Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd chief operating officer Con Korfiatis sees enormous potential in the Malaysia market and is keen to enter it.

SIA-backed Tiger Airways is keen on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore (KL-Sin) sector that is now exclusive to MAS and SIA.

“The KL-Singapore route will be the obvious choice. There is significant volume of traffic through surface transportation such as buses and trains. The introduction of low fares on the KL-SIN route will make it very competitive,’’ Tiger Airways chief executive officer Tony Davis said.

Fuming at these recent developments is incumbent no-frills airline, AirAsia, as it is currently “locked out’’ of Singapore.

AirAsia is against the idea of letting in anymore Singaporean players into Malaysia’s air travel industry.

“If AirAsia is not given rights to fly into Singapore from Jakarta, why should Malaysia allow the Singaporean carriers here?” AirAsia executive director Kamaruddin Meranun questioned.

By giving rights to SilkAir, we are seen to be promoting and enhancing Changi Airport’s connectivity and (helping it become a regional hub).

Should we not be promoting our own KL International Airport (KLIA) as a regional hub? Why such a move and at whose expense?’’ he asked.

Despite AirAsia’s grouses, strong growth is expected this year in the LCC industry and this comes as countries in Asia continue to liberalise their markets.

“This is an exciting time for LCCs in Asia. The doors to new markets have opened and the LCCs have flown in. Those that can identify and secure their market niche, manage costs by concentrating on their core capabilities and adopt an effective distribution network will have a terrific year,’’ Abacus president and CEO Don Birch was reported to have said recently.

Asean countries are expected to adopt an open skies policy between capital cities by 2008, and open skies within Asean by 2011.

The Malaysian government seems to be going full steam ahead to develop a vibrant budget air travel services industry.

This is seen with the entry of SilkAir and the Government's decision last week to spent RM100mil to build a dedicated low cost carrier (LCC) terminal at KLIA instead of Subang.

If the entry of SilkAir and the plan to build a LCC terminal is any indication of its seriousness to liberalise the air services sector, one route that should soon be open to competition is the KL-Singapore sector, said an industry expert.

To Davis of Tiger Airways, the opening of the sector means “competition driving prices down.

Now, travellers pay RM222 one-way for a shuttle ticket. Imagine having to pay only RM9.90 if budget airlines can ply that route. Competition is not necessarily a bad thing. Incumbent players will feel the heat when the markets are forced opened with globalisation. It is a question of how soon they can get used to the idea.

The faster they strengthen themselves the more agile they would be in a competitive environment.

Experts believe there is plenty of room for growth if airfares are kept at reasonable prices. As Sim of Valuair put it: “It is a growing pie and there is room for everyone to grow. It is a matter of seizing the opportunities.’’
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Tiger courts partners outside Singapore




BY B.K SIDHU



TIGER Airways' idea of growth is to work with partners to establish operations outside Singapore. It aspires to be the Pan-Asian low cost carrier.

The process to find partners is on going and thus far, the upstart airline has obtained rights to set up a base in Hanoi.

Tiger Airways has to look at establishing bases in other cities and operate in those markets given that there is no domestic market in Singapore like that of Malaysia.

Lack of an open skies policy in several countries in Asia makes it difficult for the airline to ply any route that it wants. The low fare market has a lot of potential in Asia but it would take some time before it develops the same way in Europe.

Despite that, Tiger Airways chief executive officer Tony Davis believes there are plenty of opportunities and it was a matter of being “creative’’ and differentiating the product from the rest of the pack.









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To him, if Malaysia's AirAsia could be creative in its approach to penetrate new markets, as in the case of its operations in Thailand, other low fare airlines should be able to do so.

All the aspirations to get partners means the airline was working overtime to find partners. That Davis does not deny.

But he would not say whom and in which countries partners were being courted. It was reported that Tiger Airways had approached a party in Malaysia for a partnership, but Davis did not want to comment.

“We began operations over three months ago and we are open to ideas,’’ Davis said.

The company has Europe’s biggest no frills airline, Ryannair as one of its partners, besides Singapore Airlines and the Singapore government investment arm, Temasek Holdings.

Growing the business is his priority but he believes in taking a pragmatic approach. And for him it is about offering very reasonable priced products as that will drive growth.

“Low cost carriers (LCCs) are good at developing new markets and go places which full fledged carriers would not go,’’ Davis said told StarBiz in Singapore.

“The best routes are the shorter routes where a low fare airline can get more flights within a day. This criteria best suits the Malaysian and Indonesian markets from Singapore (in terms of distance),” he said.

“We have made it clear that Malaysia and Indonesia will be markets we would be interested in. We would like to fly from Singapore to destinations in Malaysia.

“We welcome and are happy to compete with any incumbent carrier there,’’ he said adding that east Malaysia presented a lot of opportunities for the carrier.

In the case of Indonesia, and with the absence of an open skies policy, Tiger Airways has to find ways to enter that market.

Going into new areas to build markets is a strategy and that is why the airline managed to get rights into Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Tiger Airways is the first low fare airline to get rights to fly into Vietnam and has opened an office in Hanoi, which signals the start of its second phase of expansion into South East Asian destinations.

The airline wants to fly into other parts of Indochina, which are not served well from Singapore and several destinations in the Philippines.

“We do not discount Tiger Airways flying to Macau in the future but China is at the edge of our aspirations. Geographically, it is challenging as the country is big,’’ he said.

The airline has several aircraft which are leased. It has arrangements with three leasing companies currently and would announce more leases soon.

“We talk to a number and do not exclude anyone,’’ he said, when asked if Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd – Malaysia’s only commercial aircraft leasing company - was one of its future aircraft leasors.

In December last year, Tiger Airways’ recorded load factor of 76%. It would see a slight dip due to the Dec 26 tsunami effect in January.

“On a sustainable basis we are aiming (load factors) to be in excess of 80%,’’ Davis said.
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Low fares the best way to woo travellers: Jetstar Asia





By B.K. Sidhu




THE ability to provide airfares that can stimulate the market is what will differentiate Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd from the rest of the pack. It would do that relentlessly, said its chief operating offer Con Korfiatis.

“We believe in market stimulation rather than stealing from full fledged carriers and still make money. All this is about creating new markets with low cost fares. The branding culture comes after that,’’ he told StarBiz in Singapore.

Of course, the challenges are aplenty while skies are liberalised. But it was a question of remaining cost effective and how quickly you can move to seize opportunities, he said.

To Korfiatis, the success factor for a low fare airline was to have the most competitive cost base. If an airline is into the no-frills business it cannot offer frills or it would be at its own cost.

The idea is to provide basic services and try to sell as many seats in the aircraft, maximize efficiencies, sell directly to the customer, ensure aircraft turnaround time is within the specified time, provide food that generate money, and ensure the employees work hard for the success of the airline.

Korfiatis has worked in Asia the past decade. He is well versed with the Asian culture and ways. He was with Singapore Airlines for several years and was also country manager for Indonesia. He has 15 years of experience in the aviation industry.









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Today, he is managing the Qantas backed airline that has set sights on several routes.

“The network is very young and with more aircraft we can expand to more routes. We are flying to Hong Kong, Taipei and Pattaya but have rights to Jakarta and Surabaya, where we have yet to begin flights there,’’ Korfiatis said.

The airline has obtained rights from Singapore to fly to Shanghai and another city in China that it has yet to identify; also to Manila and Hanoi in Vietnam. The company has rights into India and Kolkata is where it wants to fly to in the first half of this year.

Australia is the obvious choice given the backing from Qantas. Initial points include Perth and Darwin.

Malaysia remains a destination it wants to explore for it feels there is a big market with a lot of people.

“We see enormous potential not just for the KL-Singapore sector but also resort locations such as Langkawi, Penang and Kuching,’’ Korfiatis said.

Load factors for flights to Hong Kong and Taipei are pretty good but that to Pattaya after the Tsunami is lacking.

“Over time, we would grow the network but we also want to build on increasing frequencies,’’ he said.

The airlines has four aircraft and would be getting four more this year.

Expansion of its fleet would depend on how fast the Asian market opens up. The airline is only interested in short haul routes.
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Business Times - 28 Feb 2005

S'pore budget carriers hope to fly M'sian routes

KUALA LUMPUR - Three Singapore-based budget airlines are hoping to fly Malaysian skies following last week's surprise tie-up between the two countries' national carriers, a report said on Monday.

National flag carriers Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA), along with its regional wing Silkair, last Thursday signed a codeshare agreement for combined services on some Malaysian routes, including to the northern resort island of Penang, and eastern Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo island.

The opening up of Malaysian skies to Singapore airlines has sparked hopes for low cost carriers operating in the republic - privately-owned Valuair, Qantas-backed Jetstar and SIA's 49 per cent-owned Tiger Airlines - that they will be allowed on board too, The Star said.

'We will be there in a flash if the (Malaysian) government allows it,' Valuair chief executive Sim Kay Wee told The Star.

'Penang and east Malaysian destinations such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are all attractive points to fly into if there are no encumbrances and available traffic rights.'

Tiger Airways is keen to service the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector which is now exclusive to Malaysia Airlines and SIA.

'The KL-Singapore route will be the obvious choice. There is significant volume of traffic through surface transportation such as buses and trains. The introduction of low fares on the route will make it very competitive,' said Tiger chief executive Tony Davis.

Jetstar chief operating officer Con Korfiatis said there was huge potential in the Malaysian market and the airline was keen to tap new routes, especially to resort destinations.

Malaysia's decision over the weekend to fast-track the construction of a RM100-million (US$26 million) airport terminal for Asia's growing budget aviation market has fuelled their optimism, the daily said.

The budget terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which will handle 10 million passengers a year initially, is expected to be ready by June 2006 to rival a similar terminal planned at Singapore's Changi Airport.

Southeast Asian nations are expected to adopt an open skies policy between their capital cities by 2008 and fully liberalise their air travel industry by 2011, the daily said.

Southeast Asia's top no-frills airline, Malaysia-based AirAsia, is against the entry of more Singaporean players and warned that opening up direct routes could marginalise KLIA and hurt Malaysia's ambition to become a regional aviation hub.

AirAsia, which has been blocked from flying to Singapore via Malaysia's southern gateway Johor and through its subsidiary in Indonesia, has accused the republic of trying to prevent it from competing directly with its own budget airlines and national carrier.

'If AirAsia is not given rights to fly into Singapore from Jakarta, why should Malaysia allow the Singaporean carriers here?' asked AirAsia's executive director Kamaruddin Meranun.

'By giving rights to SilkAir, we are seen to be promoting and enhancing Changi Airports connectivity and (helping it become a regional hub). Should we not be promoting our own KLIA as a regional hub? Why such a move and at whose expense?'

Valuair's Mr Sim argued there was still plenty of room for growth, adding: 'It is a growing pie and there is room for everyone to grow. It is a matter of seizing the opportunities.'

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Valuair sets its sights on eastern Australia
Already flying to Perth, it plans to have low-cost flights to the east before Xmas

By Arnold Gay

SINGAPORE'S Valuair is planning to fly to destinations in eastern Australia as early as September this year.

This could result in fares to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane tumbling by up to 25 per cent.

'Australia has been good for us from our Perth experience,' said Valuair chief executive Sim Kay Wee. 'It's a route with good loads and good yields.'

Mr Sim refused to identify specific new destinations and said the airline was in the midst of a feasibility study.

The plans drew some surprise from aviation watchers.

'Everyone's a bit confused about Valuair. It seems as though it's becoming a scheduled airline now,' said Watts Aviation CEO Logan Ravishankar, noting that the typical maximum budget airline range is five hours.

Mr Ravishankar said, to make money, Valuair had to fly to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, all of which are about 7 1/2 hours away.

In response, Mr Sim said, if he could, he would 'fly the world'.

He said Valuair would continue to offer its mid-frills services, at three-quarters the price full-service carriers charge. 'I always try to peg my fares lower than full-service airlines, usually in the range of 25 per cent less.'

An online check with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Qantas priced return tickets to Sydney at $1,066 for SIA and $804 to $1,106 for the Australian carrier.

Valuair distinguishes itself from other discount carriers by offering basic frills like a higher baggage allowance, food and pre-assigned seats.

Mr Sim said the carrier was looking to add two long-range Airbus A330s for the new Australian routes, and another A320 to its current fleet of four A320s.

'Because of the few aeroplanes that we have, we are still not realising the economies of scale that we need, that's why we want to expand a little faster,' he said.

But Mr Sim said Valuair was having trouble finding A330s to lease, and a more realistic launch date could be December, in time for the peak Christmas period.

'My job is to make sure that happens, hopefully before the year-end peak. Still, you never know, between now and three months' time, things may change.'

Valuair is hoping to connect more Australian passengers to its destinations in Asia, and vice versa. The airline flies to Perth, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Jakarta.

'Passengers will end in Singapore for business reasons, or holiday, and some will go on to other destinations that we fly to.'

Mr Sim also confirmed that Valuair was waiting to fly to China as well. 'We are still waiting for approval... I have got the aircraft, it's a question of where I can fly to to give me good results.'

Touching on the code-sharing agreement between SIA, SilkAir and Malaysia's national carrier Malaysia Airlines, Mr Sim said he was surprised that his airline was not considered for the rights.

'I do not know the details, but I thought it should be between countries, since it is an exchange of rights between countries.'

He said Valuair would love to fly to Malaysia. 'Definitely, if given a chance to fly to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, I will.'

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Business Times - 02 Mar 2005

Jetstar Asia, Tiger Airways announce new routes


SINGAPORE - Two Singapore-based budget carriers announced new service routes on Wednesday as the rivalry for the Asian low-fare market further intensified.

Qantas-backed Jetstar Asia said it will begin plying the increasingly busy Bangkok route from March 23 after cancelling its Pattaya service due to poor demand.

In a separate statement, Tiger Airways, which is 49 per cent owned by Singapore Airlines, announced what it described as a 'major' network expansion with flights to Macau from March 25, Ho Chi Minh City from April 1 and Hanoi from April 7.

To promote the launch of the Bangkok service, Jetstar Asia will give away 1,000 tickets for a return trip between the two cities for bookings made on its website between March 3 and 16.

During the promotional period, tickets for a one-way trip to Bangkok will start from S$28 (US$17).

'Bangkok remains one of the top business and tourist destinations in the region and is an incredibly popular destination with Singaporeans,' Jetstar Asia's head of marketing Dorit Grueber said in a statement.

However, opening the Bangkok route led to the termination of the service to the beach resort of Pattaya, a popular coastal tourist area with a reputation for a seedy nightlife.

Jetstar Asia last week suspended its Pattaya service, citing slow sales, but did not rule out flying there again in the future if market conditions improved.

'With a limited number of aircraft available to us, we made the tough decision to redirect our assets towards serving a destination that continues to see growth in demand,' Jetstar Asia's vice-president of operations, Greg Thompson, said.

Tiger Airways said it will operate five flights a week to Macau, four flights a week to Ho Chi Minh City and three flights a week to Hanoi. It will also fly a second daily flight to the tsunami-hit Thai resort of Phuket from March 25.

The second daily evening flight to Phuket will be thrice weekly, raising its number of flights to the resort to 10 a week.

'Our increase in flights to Phuket also shows that our efforts to work with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to bring back the tourists are paying off and reinforces our long term commitment to all of our routes,' said Tiger Airways chief executive Tony Davis.

Jetstar Asia, in which Australian national carrier Qantas has a 49 per cent stake, began commercial flights in December with services to Pattaya, Hong Kong and the Taiwan capital of Taipei.

Valuair is the third Singapore-based budget airline and Malaysia's AirAsia also flies between Bangkok and Singapore.

Among the other cities serviced by the three Singapore-based airlines are the West Australian capital of Perth, Shanghai and a range of Malaysian cities.

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Ryanair sees 1.5 mln passengers through Shannon in first year of operation
2 March 2005

LONDON (AFX) - Ryanair Holdings PLC said it expect to carry over 1.5 mln passengers through its new base at Shannon Airport in its first year of operation.

The company said it had already received 200,000 advance bookings for Shannon routes, where it starts services on May 3.
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Ryanair Loses Case Over Ads
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LONDON -- A British court ruled that Ryanair misled customers about the price of some flights but said the budget airline could keep listing before-tax fares as long as it warned customers it was doing so.

A Chelmsford Crown Court jury found the Dublin-based Ryanair Holdings PLC guilty of six breaches of the Consumer Protection Act for Web-site promotions in which it omitted the words "excluding tax." Ryanair said the omission in six instances was accidental.

The jury said that in cases where the words "excluding tax" appeared, Ryanair wasn't guilty of misleading customers, validating its practice of advertising prices that don't include tax.

The prosecution, led by Essex County Council's trading-standards officers, had argued that a Web-site ad violated the Consumer Protection Act because it didn't quote the total price.

"This was an unnecessary action against Ryanair," the company said. "This case was brought on the basis of no complaint by a member of the public. Our Web-site page clearly shows consumers that prices quoted are exclusive of taxes and charges. The Web site also includes details of the taxes and charges to be paid by the consumer."

The allegations related to the cost of flights from London Stansted airport, in Essex, to various European destinations.

Mike Hill, head of Essex Council's trading-standards department, said the council would press the national government to require Internet advertisements to quote prices that include tax.

Newspaper, television and billboard advertising must include tax in the prices they give, Mr. Hill said, and he had hoped the court would find that applied to Web sites. The court didn't immediately say whether it would fine the airline for the violations.
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President of management board of airport in Nis called 'Constantine the Great', Nebojsa Rancic said yesterday that representatives of the airport had made contact with Irish 'Ryan Air'.

'We exchanged with them information regarding technical conditions for traffic of the airport in Nis', Rancic told Beta News Agency.

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NIS – The airport authority in the southern Serbian city of Nis has begun discussions with cut-price Irish airline Ryanair.

The chairman of the airport’s board, Nebojsa Rancic, said today that this does not mean that any kind of negotiations are under way and instead described the talks as an exchange of information on technical services available at the airport.

Ryanair operates at bargain-basement prices by using regional and alternative airports throughout the world to avoid the heavy costs of airports in main centres. Cabin service is minimal, with no free food or beverages.
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Ryanair wants new hub in Germany, in talks with two airports

FRANKFURT, March 4 (AFP) - The Irish cut-price airline Ryanair wants to set up a new hub in Germany and is in talks with two airports to that end, the carrier's chief executive Michael O'Leary said in a newspaper interview published Friday.

"It is highly likely" that Ryanair will open a new base in Germany next year, O'Leary told the Financial Times Deutschland in an interview.

Intensive talks were already under way with two airports, he said, without naming them.

Ryanair currently flies from eight German airports but its main base is the Hahn airport in southwestern Germany, from where it operates six daily flights.
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EasyJet charges 65p a minute to book by phone
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Customers calling EasyJet to buy a ticket or amend a booking now have to dial a premium-rate phone line that costs 65p a minute. At the same time, Ryanair has from today closed its reservations line at weekends, so anyone wishing to buy tickets by telephone at this time will have to use a special number costing pounds 1 a minute. Both EasyJet and Ryanair claim that 98 per cent of their bookings are already made online and these changes are aimed at encouraging even more people to follow suit. EasyJet has replaced its national-rate number with three new lines for customers, according to their needs. The number for sales and existing bookings is 0905 821 0905 and costs 65p a minute; for internet support, 0905 560 7777, the charge is pounds 1 per minute and calls to customer services, on 0871 244 2366, cost 10p per minute. A spokeswoman for EasyJet claimed the change was in response to customer demands.

"People don't like to call one number and then be directed to the right department, so we now have three different departments, but we have to cover the costs of managing them,'' she said. "We are an internet company and we want to control the number of phone calls we get in future. It is possible to make all bookings and changes on the internet. A phone line costing 65p a minute will encourage people to do that. "Web support for people having trouble with their site is a specialist area and costs are high, but we have kept customer service calls to 10p per minute because it is not fair if, for example, people have to pay a lot to chase up a grievance they may have.'' Ryanair charges 10p a minute for telephone calls concerning sales and amended bookings from Monday to Friday on 0871 246 0000. But the lines are now shut at weekends and the only available number, 0905 566 0000, is for people having trouble making a reservation via the internet costs pounds 1 per minute. A spokeswoman for Ryanair said: "The sales lines have been shut at the weekend because there really isn't the volume of calls to justify keeping them open.'' Simon Evans from the Air Transport Users Council said that the price increases were "inevitable''. He added: "Of course we would prefer that airlines did not charge so much for customer services, but employing lots of people to answer phones is very costly and if we want to continue having low fares we have to accept that.''
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easyJet Carried 2,168,985 Passengers In Feb
07 March 2005

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Easyjet said Monday that passenger numbers rose by 16.3% in February, and load factors were ahead of the 12-months rolling average.

Easyjet also announced new routes to Asturias, Grenoble and Maastricht-Aachen. An expansion of Berlin base is planned with routes to the convenient airports of London Gatwick, Milan and Rome.

The company expects to carry over 3 million passengers to and from Berlin in 2005.

Passenger Statistics for February 2005:

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                     2005        2004 
Month ending 
Passengers      2,168,985   1,864,970 
Load Factor         85.9%       88.6% 
 
Rolling 12 months ending 
Passengers     26,420,497  21,535,211 
Load Factor         84.2%       84.4% 
Total Revenue     GBP1,176m  GBP992m
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to January 2005:
EasyJet = 26,116,482
Ryanair = 26,918,454

Percentage increase in passengers since January 2004:
EasyJet = 22.8%
Ryanair = 20%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in January 2005:
EasyJet = 84.4%
Ryanair = 74%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to February 2005:
EasyJet = 26,420,497
Ryanair = 27,165,404

Percentage increase in passengers since February 2004:
EasyJet = 16.3%
Ryanair = 13%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in February 2005:
EasyJet = 85.9%
Ryanair = 79%
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BELGIAN PRESS: O'Leary Freezes Charleroi Expansion
8 March 2005

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings (RYA.DB) CEO Michael O'Leary says his low cost airline will not expand at Charleroi airport until its appeal is decided against a European Union ruling that it received illegal state aid at the airport, Le Soir reports.

In an interview with the Brussels daily, O'Leary said he expected the court decision in 2006.

O'Leary vowed that his airline wouldn't pay more for landing and handling rights to the Belgian airport even though it carries more than two million passengers, the E.U. limit on governments giving aid to airports.

"The only change will be for other ground operations companies to open up at Charleroi," O'Leary said. "We are quite happy with this competition."

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