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Old March 9th, 2005, 07:19 AM   #781
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Ryanair Threatens To Slash Targets For Dublin Terminal
08 March 2005

DUBLIN (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) Tuesday threatened to slash its passenger targets for a second Dublin Airport terminal if it's partly run by the existing Dublin Airport Authority with union cooperation.

The Irish government is edging closer to a long-awaited decision to build the new terminal to be run by Dublin Airport Authority in a deal with the Services, Industrial & Professional Workers Union, or SIPTU, observers say.

But Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said at a press conference that he'd only deliver 500,000 to 1 million passengers over five years, rather than the 5 million to 10 million he previously promised, if the terminal wasn't run independently.

"A second terminal run by the same people who run the first terminal would be more of the same," O'Leary said. "We'd expand into it, but not on the scale that we've promised. What we don't want is no competition."

He added, "SIPTU closed Dublin Airport twice in the last two years and it threatened to close Dublin Airport on St. Patrick's Day in 2004. This brotherhood doesn't want a competing terminal."

O'Leary has pledged to create 5,000 jobs if the government agrees to a second Dublin terminal that is run as an independent low-cost terminal, but Tuesday accused Prime Minister Bertie Ahern of pandering to union interests.

He also denied that new newspaper advertisements depicting Ahern's face on the body of a tortoise was a personal attack. "He's incapable of making a decision that may offend trade union members at Dublin Airport," he said.
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Old March 10th, 2005, 12:08 AM   #782
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Ryanair rules out link with Siptu in terminal
Emmet Oliver
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Ryanair has warned that it will not get involved in any new terminal at Dublin airport if the trade union Siptu has a shareholding in the project.

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin, the airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said of Siptu: "Even with a small shareholding in the project, we wouldn't go near the place."

"This is the union that, when they didn't like S�amus Brennan's plans, they closed the main airport in this country twice in two years," he said.

He said Siptu didn't want competition in any sphere and had blocked taxi and bus deregulation.

His comments come at a time when Siptu is considering taking a shareholding in a terminal project, with either the Dublin Airport Authority or the McEvaddy brothers.

However, Mr O'Leary said the company might be prepared to use a terminal involving the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), formerly Aer Rianta, but it would not be able to offer the full range of new services and new jobs under such an arrangement.

Referring to the DAA, he said: "They are the worst builders of inefficient terminal facilities since Wilbur and Orville first flew."

Asked what would happen if the DAA was involved, he replied: "Instead of us delivering between five and 10 million new passengers over a five-year period, I think we'd deliver between half and one million over a five- to 10-year period."

He has asked Ryanair customers, via http://www.ryanair.com, to e-mail the Taoiseach on the issue of the terminal. He said the airline was offering 100,000 free seats to passengers who e-mailed the Taoiseach asking him to give permission for a new terminal.

Mr O'Leary said that he now feared a fudge on the issue. "What we don't want, and what we would strongly oppose, is no competition. And no competition is what Bertie and the fudge meisters in the Cabinet are going to give us, which is some waffley fudge that Dublin Airport Authority or Siptu would be developing the second terminal.

"The second terminal, run by the same people who delivered us the black hole of Calcutta, known as the first terminal, would not represent competition."

He said a site on the north apron was by far the best location for a terminal but this did not preclude a third terminal on land owned by businessmen Ulick and Desmond McEvaddy.

"We believe they should be allow to build a terminal on that site as well, but not at the expense of an efficient low-cost terminal on the north apron site," he said. "Don't make it the second terminal, make it the third or fourth terminal," he added.

"As the second terminal, it would be a disaster," he explained.
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Old March 10th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #783
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10 March 2005

New Indonesian restriction stops AWAIR's flight to Singapore
By Thomas Cho, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : There has been a new twist to the AWAIR saga.

In a statement on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of SIngapore (CAAS) said it was unable to proceed with AWAIR's application to fly to Singapore because of a new restriction imposed by Indonesia.

Two months ago, AWAIR was raring to go and looking forward to launch its Jakarta-Singapore flights. But its maiden flight did not take off.

The CAAS said then that it was still processing AWAIR's application to fly to Singapore because certain documents had been submitted late.

Then last month, AWAIR stepped up the pressure by saying it was tired of waiting and had decided to abandon its plan to fly to Singapore.

In a new twist on Thursday, the CAAS said it was unable to proceed with the application because Indonesian authorities intended to introduce a new restriction on services by low-cost carriers to and from certain points in Indonesia.

No details were given but CAAS said it was in contact with its Indonesian counterpart, hoping to facilitate the operations of all carriers from both countries.

It told Channel NewsAsia that it looked forward to the lifting of the restriction.

Meanwhile, AWAIR's President Director Sendjaja Widjaja said the carrier wished to make an appeal to the CAAS on its decision.

AWAIR is 49 percent owned by Malaysia's AirAsia. - CNA

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Old March 10th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #784
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Oh...so our dear Fernandez is going to sue the wrong party?
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Old March 11th, 2005, 05:31 PM   #785
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Ryanair Carried 2.12M Passengers In Feb Vs 1.88M
03 March 2005

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings said Thursday that in February 2005 it carried 2,123,896 passengers, up from 1,876,946 in February 2004.

In the rolling 12 months to Feb. 28, 2005, the airline carried 27,165,404 passengers.

Load factor in February 2005 was 79% compared with 77% a year earlier, and for the rolling 12 months to Feb. 28 load factor was 84%.

The percentage of internet sales rose slightly to 98% from 97% in February 2004. Internet sales in the rolling 12 months to Feb. 28, 2005 was 97%.

Load factor represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers.
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Old March 13th, 2005, 08:05 AM   #786
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Oh...so our dear Fernandez is going to sue the wrong party?
Seems so to me......

I wonder if Awair ever fly here(since the fault isn't CAAS)??
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Old March 13th, 2005, 01:22 PM   #787
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Now it seems like the issue is again in CAAS's court leh? They say the restriction only applies to Singaporean airlines?
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Now it seems like the issue is again in CAAS's court leh? They say the restriction only applies to Singaporean airlines?
Haha.....seems like it's back to square one??
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Old March 15th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #789
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15 March 2005

Tiger Airways launches flights to Manila

SINGAPORE : Budget carrier Tiger Airways is launching services to Manila's Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, formerly Clark Field.

Flights to Manila will start on April 5.

Tickets go on sale from 16 to 23 March and one-way fares start at S$25.98.

Tiger Airways will fly to Manila three times a week initially and will increase its frequency to five times a week in June 2005. - CNA

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Old March 16th, 2005, 08:30 AM   #790
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I wonder how this route will do. especially since it is serving a pretty remote airport way outside of Manila. I guess most passengers will be Overseas Filipino Workers in Singapore.
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Business Times - 16 Mar 2005

Tiger Airways to fly to the Philippines in April

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based regional budget airline Tiger Airways on Wednesday began selling tickets for flights to the Philippines to be launched next month.

The airline will fly three times weekly from Apr 5 to Clark Field, a former US air force base some 80 kilometres north of Manila that has been converted into a commercial airport.

The Singapore-based carrier will raise the frequency of the flights to five times a week in June, it said in a statement.

Fares for a one-way trip to Clark Field will start from $25.98 (US$16).

More than 90,000 Filipinos reside in Singapore, according to the Philippine embassy. Singapore is also used as a travel hub by Filipinos working in other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Tiger Airways currently flies to Bangkok, Phuket, Hatyai and Chiang Mai. It will start flying to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Macau next month.

The carrier, 49-per cent owned by Singapore Airlines, is in competition with an array of budget airlines in the region, including Singapore-based Valuair, Qantas-backed Jetstar Asia and Malaysia's AirAsia.

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So how many confirmed destinations are the three budget airlines flying to by end April?

Valuair - ?
Tiger Airways - ?
Jetstar Asia Airways - ?
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So how many confirmed destinations are the three budget airlines flying to by end April?

Valuair - ?
Tiger Airways - ?
Jetstar Asia Airways - ?
Valuair - Perth, Bangkok, Hongkong, Jakarta

Tiger Airways - Bangkok, Phuket, Hai Yat, Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Macau, Manila

Jetstar Asia - Bangkok, Hongkong, Taipei
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Record St. Patrick's Weekend Bookings at Ryanair - 140,000 on Irish Routes
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Ryanair, Europe's No. 1 low fares airline today (Wednesday, 16th March 2005) announced record bookings for the St. Patrick's weekend on its 51 routes to/from Ireland. The airline will carry over 600,000 passengers on its network of 220 routes across 19 countries over the same period.

Speaking this morning, Peter Sherrard, Ryanair's Head of Communications said:

"Ryanair will carry 140,000 passengers on our routes to/from Ireland over this St Patrick's Weekend period* making it our busiest ever.

This translates to 90,000 visitors to Ireland over the St Patrick's Weekend period saving €9M over the high fares of other airlines - so more spending money to enjoy the festivities! St. Patrick would have been proud !

With Europe's lowest fares and No 1 punctuality, people are voting with their feet and flocking to Ryanair's low fares and great customer service."

* March 16th - Tuesday March 22nd
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I wonder how this route will do. especially since it is serving a pretty remote airport way outside of Manila. I guess most passengers will be Overseas Filipino Workers in Singapore.
Yeap...as sol mentioned before. They are literally flying to nowhere it seems!
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Yeap...as sol mentioned before. They are literally flying to nowhere it seems!
How far is the Clarke Airport to Manila City??
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How far is the Clarke Airport to Manila City??
think KL sentral to KLIA, except maybe a bit farther. And there's no rail link.

Thank god that the upgrading of the expressway leading to the area is complete. However, if the only way I can get to Clark is via a dirty, smelly, rickety bus that caters mostly to the unwashed, I'll fork over the extra $300 to take SIA. I'm sure that there are nicer buses that service the area, though. Just because I haven't seen any, that doesn't mean that they don't exist
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think KL sentral to KLIA, except maybe a bit farther. And there's no rail link.

Thank god that the upgrading of the expressway leading to the area is complete. However, if the only way I can get to Clark is via a dirty, smelly, rickety bus that caters mostly to the unwashed, I'll fork over the extra $300 to take SIA. I'm sure that there are nicer buses that service the area, though. Just because I haven't seen any, that doesn't mean that they don't exist
Maybe if the demand calls for it, there will be a coach service to Manila City.....
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Ryanair secures court order over pilot codenames
19 March 2005
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Ryanair has secured a High Court order restraining two members of the Irish Airline Pilots Association and its British counterpart, BALPA, from deleting or destroying codenames used on the Ryanair European Pilots Association (REPA) website.

Ryanair claims that persons allegedly known to the defendants are engaged in a concerted process of intimidation, bullying, harassment and criminal activity designed to dissuade pilots from taking up positions as pilots with a new aircraft fleet.

Yesterday's order was made returnable for April 4th. Ryanair is seeking an order directing the defendants to disclose the details of the names and address of those who are referred to by codenames on the REPA website.

Yesterday, Richard Nesbitt SC, with Martin Hayden SC, for Ryanair told Mr Justice O'Sullivan the airline was in the process of converting its Dublin fleet to 737-800 aircraft and was seeking pilots. The company became aware in December 2004 of allegations of bullying and harassment of Ryanair pilots for the purpose of dissuading them from accepting positions in Dublin flying these aircraft.

While Ryanair could not access the websites allegedly concerned, it had obtained printouts of what purported to be communication between members of REPA on the site.

In an affidavit, Eddie Wilson, director of personnel with Ryanair, said a REPA member with the codename "ihateryanair" posted a massage on the website, saying: "We are all united here...every one of us. They are not welcome and they will know it as soon as they walk in." Mr Wilson said he understood the references to "they" was to Ryanair pilots who were considering applying or who had applied to fly 737-800 aircraft in Dublin.

Another message on the website allegedly says: "The really sad thing is that no one likes a turncoat, neither the company or their friends, because, if they will do it once, how can you trust that they will not do it again."

Mr Wilson said that while Ryanair accepted the rights of individuals to join trade unions if they wished, REPA was not a registered trade union.

He said REPA was set up in October 2004 and its website was designed to allow Ryanair pilots communicate with one another in a manner designed to obscure the identity of the person communicating through the use of codenames and password procedures.
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think KL sentral to KLIA, except maybe a bit farther. And there's no rail link.

Thank god that the upgrading of the expressway leading to the area is complete. However, if the only way I can get to Clark is via a dirty, smelly, rickety bus that caters mostly to the unwashed, I'll fork over the extra $300 to take SIA. I'm sure that there are nicer buses that service the area, though. Just because I haven't seen any, that doesn't mean that they don't exist
Muahaha.....there should be lah... Is Tiger the only airline flying there, btw?
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