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Old December 21st, 2005, 04:26 PM   #1181
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Ryanair Unveils Dublin New Base, 18 New Routes
By Quentin Fottrell
21 December 2005

DUBLIN (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) Wednesday issued a challenge to state-owned rival Aer Lingus Group PLC (AER.YY) with a major expansion at Ryanair's historic hub of Dublin.

Dublin was Ryanair's major base until the late 1990s when it shifted its focus from the Ireland-UK routes to create a broader European network centred on London's Stansted.

The move will allow Ryanair to tap into the market being opened up by the new wave of immigration into Ireland, in particular from Eastern Europe.

One trader said: "This new route expansion is going to hurt Aer Lingus and I can't see Ryanair not cleaning up on the routes."

Aer Lingus has been cutting costs and rebuilding its long-haul network after it almost faced bankruptcy due to the downturn in air travel after the Sept. 11 attacks and its short-haul routes have faced strong competition from Ryanair.

At 1040 GMT Ryanair shares in London were EUR0.2 or 2.5% higher at EUR8.1 in a stronger London market. Aer Lingus isn't listed.

Ryanair will add 18 Dublin routes to France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Lithuania and the U.K., bringing Dublin routes to 52.

The low-cost airline also announced increased flight frequency to the cities of Frankfurt, Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, Carcassonne, Biarritz and Lodz.

Climbing over chairs in a red Santa Claus outfit and white beard, O'Leary told a Dublin press conference, "This is effectively Ryanair's 16th European base."

The move at Dublin Airport - adding 250 jobs - marks a turning point for the airport, as many Irish travelers had to change at Stansted for many European destinations.

Including immigrants from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe who also have entered Ireland, over 130,000 new residents have registered here since May 2004.

O'Leary said, "We now offer more destinations to the U.K. and Europe than Aer Lingus and at lower costs. This will bring our Irish passengers to over 9 million."

"This is the last of the aircraft deliveries that are accounted for," he said, "there won't be more new routes from Cork, Shannon or Dublin until Winter 2006."

He said that five new Boeing series 737-800 aircraft will be based in Dublin from April 2006, representing an investment of over $300 million.

Ryanair's recent Irish expansion was triggered by the breakup of the Irish airport authority in late 2004 and departure of Aer Lingus management in early 2005, said Goodbody Stockbrokers' Joe Gill, who has a buy on Ryanair.

Coupled with its expansion at other Irish airports, this completes a "remarkable chess game," he said.

Analysts say that as well as hitting Aer Lingus the move may hit the troubled Irish Ferries, a unit of Irish Continental Group PLC (ICGC.DB).

The DAA is building a new airport terminal by late 2006, costing up to EUR200 million as part of a EUR1.2 billion, 10-year program to up Dublin's capacity to over 30 million passengers a year from 18 million.
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Old December 29th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #1182
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Valuair & Jetstar Asia Airways
From Singapore
Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Bangkok, Bangalore, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kolkatta, Phuket, Yangon, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, (13 Destinations)

Tiger Airways
From Singapore
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Danang, Darwin, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Ho Chi Minh City, Krabi, Macau, Manila, Padang, Phuket (12 Destinations)
From Manila
Macau (1 Destination)
If Tiger were to have another hub in Asia, which one do u think it'll be??

Macau, Manila, Darwin
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Old December 31st, 2005, 11:42 AM   #1183
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A new LCC based in CMB said its finalising a strategic deal with an asian airline. Do you think that this could be TR taking a stake and creating a 2nd airline to tap India?
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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:11 AM   #1184
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Ryanair sees annual traffic numbers jump 29 pct

LONDON, Jan 5 (AFP) - Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, said Thursday that it carried nearly 2.834 million passengers in December -- an increase of 29 percent in the same month the previous year.

The total compared with 2.197 million passengers carried in December 2004.

The budget airline said the load factor -- passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available -- was 82 percent last month, compared with 83 percent in December 2004.

Meanwhile, the total number of passengers increased in the twelve months to December to 33.368 million people with an average monthly load factor of 83 percent.

The Dublin-based carrier added that 98 percent of its air tickets were booked over the Internet during December 2005, compared with 97 percent at the same stage the previous year.

Ryanair's share price slid 0.25 percent to 8.05 euros in afternoon Dublin trading, while the Irish Overall Index was 0.01-percent lower at 7,483.12 points.

Back in November, Ryanair had posted an 18-percent rise in first-half net profit to a record 237 million euros (280 million dollars), as a jump in passengers and ticket prices helped offset soaring fuel costs.

The figure for the six months to September 30 -- the first half of its financial year -- compared with net profit of 201.2 million euros during the same period in 2004.

Ryanair overcame soaring fuel costs during the first half by cutting other costs and raising ticket prices.

Meanwhile its decision not to impose a fuel surcharge, unlike many of its rivals, has helped to swell its passenger numbers.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:10 PM   #1185
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Business Times - 09 Jan 2006

S'pore completes budget air terminal

SINGAPORE - Singapore has completed construction of a dedicated terminal at Changi Airport to serve the booming low-cost airline sector, officials said on Monday.

The terminal will be operational on March 26, a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) spokesman said.

The one-storey terminal cost S$45 million (US$27.5 million) to build and occupies 25,000 sq m, and will handle about 2.7 million passengers a year.

Singapore-based Tiger Airways, backed by flag carrier Singapore Airlines, has committed to use the terminal. -- AFP

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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:08 PM   #1186
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2005:
EasyJet = 30,064,445
Ryanair = 32,731,836

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2004:
EasyJet = 19.1%
Ryanair = 25%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2005:
EasyJet = 85%
Ryanair = 81%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to December 2005:
EasyJet = 30,301,991
Ryanair = 33,368,585

Percentage increase in passengers since December 2004:
EasyJet = 11.1%
Ryanair = 29%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in December 2005:
EasyJet = 85%
Ryanair = 82%
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:04 AM   #1187
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EasyJet December Passengers + 11.1%
9 January 2006
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--EasyJet PLC Monday said it carried 2,372,333 passengers in December, up 11.1% from 2,134,787 passengers a year earlier.

The budget carrier said it filled 80.5% of the seats on its flights in December, down from 80.8% in the same month a year earlier.

The budget carrier said filled 84.9% of its seats for the 12 months to December, up 0.3 percentage points from 84.6% in the same period a year earlier. It carried 30,301,991 passengers in that period, up 17.8% from 25,716,329 a year earlier, it said.

Total revenue for the 12 months, which includes the invoiced value of airline and ancillary services, net of passenger tax, amounted to GBP1.381 billion, up 20.5% from GBP1.147 billion a year earlier.

Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive, said: "December passenger numbers were in line with our expectations. Unit revenue for the month (total revenue per seat flown) showed a year on year improvement, supported by strong ancillary contributions."

During December the company announced that it exercised its right to acquire 20 further Airbus A319 aircraft for delivery during 2008 and 2009 to ensure its continued growth to the end of the decade, it noted.

The company said it will make an announcement on International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS, on Jan. 20.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 02:11 AM   #1188
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EasyJet Pilots Prepared To Strike If No Pay Deal - Union
11 January 2006

LONDON (Dow Jones)--EasyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) pilots have "overwhelmingly" rejected a pay offer and might ultimately be prepared to take strike action, according to an indicative poll of its members by trade union the British Air Line Pilots Association or Balpa.

A spokesman for the union, which says it represents the vast majority of easyJet pilots, said Wednesday that the results will be presented to the airline as part of ongoing pay negotiations. Balpa is still talking to easyJet and remains "hopeful" that a negotiated settlement can be reached, he added.

The discussion relates to a new pay round, which started this month. Balpa hasn't disclosed the pay package it is seeking for its members.

An easyJet spokesman said Balpa and the company's management remain hopeful of reaching a pay deal. He added that talks have been ongoing for a number of weeks and are likely to take place for a few weeks to come.
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EasyJet, French airlines lash out at hike in Paris airport charges

LONDON, Jan 12, 2006 (AFP) - British low-cost airline easyJet lashed out on Thursday at the French government's decision to raise charges at Paris' two civil airports by five percent a year over the next five years.

The move was also criticised by the French National Federation of Merchant Aviation (FNAM).

"EasyJet has today raised serious concerns over the French governments sign-off of a five-percent annual increase in Paris airport charges," the company said in a statement.

"The Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle already rank amongst the most expensive in Europe, leaving little to offer in terms of low fares. Only 13 percent of seats on offer in the Paris market are by low-cost carriers including Beauvais, against 40 percent for the London market.

"Such a large increase in charges defies the current trend across Europe of airports reducing charges in order to boost traffic," easy Jet complained.

It said Paris airport operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) was "simply taking advantage of its planned privatisation to secure government support in order to make huge profits to the detriment of air travellers".

In Paris itself the airline industry also slammed the price hike.

"This is very bad news, not only for our companies but also for passengers and future shareholders in ADP," FNAM official Lionel Guerin told reporters.

Guerin pointed out that ADP had already increased its airport charges by an annual five percent for the last three years.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #1190
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easyJet founder will sell stake only to 'trustworthy' buyer

LONDON, Jan 13, 2006 (AFP) - Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and biggest shareholder in British low-cost airline easyJet, said Friday he would sell his 16.5-percent stake only if he trusted the buyer to protect the "easy" brand.

"For me there are two issues -- at what price I would sell, and I haven't told you what that is, and do I trust the people who buy to actually look after the name?," he told BBC television.

"Because all my other businesses, including the car and hotels, are relying on the same brand and the same reputation. So I would only sell to people I can trust."

Speculation has been rife that FL Group, the acquisitive Icelandic group which has built up a 16.2-percent stake in easyJet, is poised to bid for the no-frills airline, which is based in the town of Luton, north of London.

Rumours were stoked last weekend when easyJet confirmed it had appointed Goldman Sachs as an adviser to work alongside its existing broker Credit Suisse First Boston -- a move seen as bolstering its bid defences.

FL owns Icelandair and last October bought Copenhagen-based Sterling Airways, Europe's fourth biggest budget airline.

Stelios' brother Polys and sister Clelia each hold a 12-percent stake in easyJet, making the family interest 40.5 percent.

City analysts are meanwhile divided over whether FL has the fire power to bid for easyJet. Some reckon Stelios wants 500 pence per share.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 03:24 AM   #1191
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Business Times - 13 Jan 2006

Tiger Airways seeks details of alleged route violations

SINGAPORE - Singapore budget carrier Tiger Airways expressed surprise on Friday at allegations by a Philippine official that it had violated terms of its permit to fly between Macau and an airport north of Manila.

'Tiger Airways is surprised to read reports attributed to the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) that the airline was found to have violated several operating conditions on its route between Manila (Clark) and Macau,' the carrier said in a statement. 'The airline today asked its representatives in the Philippines to obtain details of these alleged violations so that it can respond promptly to them.'

The Philippines' aviation industry regulator said on Thursday it has suspended Tiger Airways from operating flights between the southern Chinese enclave of Macau and Clark International Airport because of the alleged violations. However, Tiger Airways' low-fare flights between Singapore and Clark were unaffected by the decision.

CAB executive director Eduardo Manalac said the airline was found to have violated several operating conditions of the Macau-Clark route, including charging rates that have not been approved by the board and falsely claiming the services had been approved. The airline was also found to have advertised and sold seats even before lodging an application with the aviation industry regulator, he said. -- AFP

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Rome incident on Ryanair flight to be investigated

DUBLIN, Jan 13, 2006 (AFP) - Ireland's transport ministry said on Friday that it has begun an investigation into an incident on a Ryanair flight as it prepared to land in Rome last September.

The ministry's Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) is investigating claims the pilot of a Boeing 737 flying from Dusseldorf suffered a crisis as he was preparing to land the plane in bad weather at Rome's Ciampino airport.

The co-pilot took over the controls and the flight was diverted to Fiumicino airport.

According to the findings of an internal Ryanair investigation revealed by the Irish magazine Village, the pilot had recently suffered "a major personal traumatic event", the death of one of his children.

Village quoted a Ryanair document as saying the captain suffered "task overload" and subsequently suffered "a mild form of incapacitation".

In a statement to Village, Ryanair denied the aircraft had "nearly crashed".

It told the magazine the events did not constitute a notifiable incident as defined by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) but that it had copied its internal report to the Authority.

The ministry said in its statement that the incident occurred in Italian airspace and was not notified to the Italian aviation authorities.

"The Italian Air Accident Investigation Unit will decide on Monday if they will lead the investigation in which case the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit will assist them under International Convention.

"The Air Accident Investigation Unit have informed Ryanair of its intention to assist the Italian Investigation Authorities or to carry out the investigation if delegated to do so by the Italian Authorities," the statement said.

The ministry said any investigation carried out by the IAA will be separate from that of the AAIU.
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GERMAN PRESS: Easyjet Eyes Lufthansa Business Travelers
18 January 2006

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--U.K. low-cost airline Easyjet plc (EZJ.LN) is hoping to snag high-paying business travelers from Germany's Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE), WirtschaftsWoche will report Thursday.

"Business travelers make up an interesting market segment, since they book late, pay higher prices than vacationers, and make use of additional services such as airport lounges," Easyjet Germany's Chief Executive John Kohlsaat told the weekly.

In order to become more attractive to German business travelers, Easyjet plans to offer more flights between major German and European cities and to set up lounges in the airports.

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Ryanair: No Problems With UK Flight Departures
18 January 2006

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Irish budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) said Wednesday that its flights from the U.K. airports of Stansted and Luton are operating normally despite reports of cancellations on Stansted airport's official web site.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said there appears to be an error on the Stansted airport Web site, which is operated by airport owner BAA PLC (BAA.LN).

She added that the confusion is likely due to the delays in receiving new planes from Boeing Co. (BA) following a strike at the U.S. plane manufacturer. Ryanair said late last year it would be canceling some services and delaying the start-up of a number of new routes due to the late delivery of the 737-800 aircraft during January, February and March.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said that while the airport's systems and Web site indicate that 34 Ryanair flights have been canceled Wednesday, these services are those that the Irish airline has already flagged won't be operating due to the plane delivery delays. No passengers are booked on these flights shown as canceled, he added.

Ryanair's Web site said its U.K. flights are operating normally. Shares in the Irish airline were hit Wednesday on speculation that its flights were canceled from Stansted and Luton.

The problems are likely to sour relations further between BAA and Ryanair. Ryanair's outspoken Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has long argued that BAA is planning to spend far too much money on developing a new runway and associated buildings at Stansted. He's concerned this may lead to higher airport charges.

By 0910 GMT, Ryanair shares were down EUR0.15, or 1.9%, at EUR7.73.

In a later statement to the stock exchange Ryanair criticized a "false rumor which emanated from one of the London investment banks shortly after 0730 GMT, which suggested that Ryanair's flight schedule was subject to widespread cancellation."

"This rumor was untrue and could have been verified by that bank, had they made any attempt to contact the airline directly," it said.

It didn't name the investment bank.
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Business Times - 19 Jan 2006

LOW-COST AIRLINES SYMPOSIUM
SATS loses Tiger's ground services job to Swissport

It's disappointed, but says it has got three new clients in the past 12 months

By VEN SREENIVASAN

CHANGI Airport's new kid on the block, Swissport International, has pulled off a major coup by wresting Tiger Airways' ground services business from the airport's biggest ground services specialist and sister company, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS).

Tiger Airways, which is 49 per cent owned by Singapore Airlines (SIA), has appointed Swissport as its dedicated ground handler for its Singapore hub operations at the new Changi Budget Terminal.

Tiger Airways, which is the only tenant at the Budget Terminal at the moment, will launch its first flights from Asia's first dedicated low-cost terminal on March 26.

The Tiger Airways contract more than doubles Swissport's business, from the current eight flights a day by five customers to 18 flights a day with six customers. And this figure will rise this year as Tiger Airways takes delivery of five more A320 planes and expands its route networks and frequency. It currently has four planes operating 13 routes.

The airline's CEO, Tony Davis, explained that the decision was based on Swissport's 'impressive track record' serving budget carriers in Europe.

'The move to the new Budget Terminal gives us an opportunity to start on a clean slate with ground operations geared exclusively to cater for our low-cost airline model,' Mr Davis told reporters on the sidelines of the two-day 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Low-Cost Airline Symposium yesterday. 'The aim is to raise efficiency and lower costs further,' he said.

Swissport, which set up operations as Changi's third ground services player last year, has a presence at 180 airports in 39 countries worldwide. But it is also an expert in low-cost airline ground services, managing some 190 flights daily for RyanAir in the UK and easyJet at 25 airports in Europe.

A delighted Swissport managing director, Peter Kohl, said the five-year deal with Tiger Airways was a major contract, not just in terms of revenue but also in establishing Swissport as a player in a fast-growing low-cost carrier market in this region.

'It gives us an opportunity to put ourselves on the regional map at the first low-cost terminal in Asia,' he said.

Previously, he added, Tiger Airways had to settle for a 'hybrid arrangement' at Terminal 1 where equipment and people were cross-shared between the legacy carriers and the low-cost carriers.

'At the Budget Terminal, everything and everyone will be dedicated to the narrow-bodied, low-cost operations of Tiger Airways. For example, our pushback tractors will be those designed specifically for narrow-bodied planes, and passenger boarding steps will be rolled in and out manually.'

He said Swissport would soon fly in some of its expert staff and equipment from Europe over the next few weeks as it sets up operations at the Budget Terminal.

And with its S$15 million 18,000 sq ft cargo warehouse at Changi Cargo Complex ready for operation, Swissport expects to see even more activity at its Changi facility.

The warehouse, the biggest in Swissport's global stable, is currently used by Indonesia's Adam Air. But utilisation will rise significantly next month when parent Swiss WorldCargo and other clients start using the facility.

Meanwhile, SATS took the news of the loss of the Tiger Airways ground services business in its stride.

'We are, of course, disappointed with their decision, having supported Tiger Airways since its start-up in mid-September 2004,' said a SATS spokesman. 'We have offered them a very competitive package for the services they requested us to provide, and we would have continued to provide them with the same high standard of service quality. Winning and losing clients is in the normal course of our business. Just as SATS has lost the Tiger Airways' ground handling account, we have secured three additional clients - Air Sahara, Jet Airways and Pakistan International Airlines - in the last 12 months.'

SATS said the loss of a single client like Tiger Airways was not material to its earnings. But the move has fuelled some speculation among analysts about whether the migration had anything to do with SIA's impending divestment of its 85-per-cent-held subsidiary.

SATS still serves Singapore's two other budget carriers - Jetstar Asia and Valuair. But these could also go if it loses part or all of its ground services contract with Australian carrier Qantas. SATS' apron and passenger handling deal with Qantas has expired and is up for renewal.

SATS' stock fell 7 cents to $2.36 yesterday.

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19 January 2006

Philippines extends Tiger Airways' temporary permit to Jan 27
By Loh Kim Chin, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board has extended Tiger Airways' temporary permit allowing the airline to operate its Manila (Clark) to Macau route for another seven days.

This means the low-cost carrier will now be able to fly the route until next Friday pending a decision on its application for a permanent operating permit.

Tiger Airways says it understands a decision on a permanent permit may be made before next week's deadline.

It adds that its flights between Singapore and Manila (Clark) have not been affected and will continue to operate normally. - CNA /ct

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EasyJet Germany mulls complaint against Deutsche Lufthansa's EuroWings takeover
22 January 2006

FRANKFURT (AFX) - EasyJet Plc Germany is considering filing a complaint against Deutsche Lufthansa AG for dumping prices and forcing competitors out of the market, head of the German operations John Kohlsaat told Welt am Sonntag.

'They want to force competitors out of the market by dumping the prices,' Kohlsaat said, adding that this relates to Lufthansa's takeover of the majority voting rights in EuroWings and its no-frills airline GermanWings last year.

Kohlsaat called the EU competition authorities' approval of the takeover a 'scandal' and said the company is considering whether to file a complain with the European court.

'We are currently working on collecting evidence that can prove illegal dumping of prices,' he said.
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Business Times - 24 Jan 2006

Jetstar launches Bangalore service

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Qantas-controlled Jetstar Asia touched down in Bangalore yesterday, making it the first foreign low-cost carrier to fly to the Indian IT hub in Karnataka. Jetstar will operate four flights a week between Changi and Bangalore's International Airport using its A320 aircraft. The flights take off from Singapore at 1.25 am every Monday, Wednesday Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, touching down in Bangalore at 2:55 am local time. The return flight will depart from Bangalore at 3:45 am, arriving in Singapore at 10:25 am the same morning.

Fares will start from S$228 - a third of what it costs on the traditional carriers plying the route - with ticket sales available via the website www.JetstarAsia.com, through Jetstar Asia call centre, or local travel agents. Neil Thompson, acting Jetstar CEO, expects loads on the route to be strong. 'We are also confident that we'll not only be able to take market share, but also tap into the latent demand that exists in the market.'

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Ryanair lapse sparks safety spat
24 January 2006
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The Italian authorities are launching an investigation into a series of flawed approaches flown into Rome by the crew of a Ryanair Boeing 737-800. The controversial incident has prompted the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) to question whether Ireland has an adequate safety oversight system in place.

Italian air accident investigation agency ANSV's decision to investigate comes four months after the 7 September 2005 incident because, it claims, it has only just been handed details by the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU).

Ryanair's internal report on the Rome Ciampino airport-bound 737 ñ the only investigation carried out so far ñ refers to the crew's "almost complete loss of situational awareness, both lateral and vertical", while attempting a diversion to Rome Fiumicino because of storms at Ciampino, ascribing this to high workload in turbulent weather and failure to follow standard operating procedures.

The airline informed the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the AAIU that the event had occurred, but Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary admits that the carrier "screwed up" by failing to send them the final draft of its report.

The report says that, when the captain repeatedly failed to capture the instrument landing system on approach to Fiumicino, the co-pilot became concerned. "The first officer repeatedly prompted the captain to ensure he was not suffering some form of partial incapacitation, and when he realised that the aircraft was now in a potentially unsafe situation he urged the aircraft [sic] to perform a go-around, pulled back on the control column and advanced the thrust levers, but he did not assume control from the captain," it says.

The captain had suffered the death of his young son a few days before the D¸sseldorf-Ciampino flight, but had gone back on duty without notifying flight operations. Since then, says the report, existing instructions in the operations manual "for anyone who finds themselves in this situation" have been clarified.

The AAIU has previously reported that on 21 July last year a Ryanair crew carried out "an irrational and inexplicable" steep approach to land at Stockholm Skavsta airport, touching down at 180kt (330km/h) in the wrong configuration (Flight International, 11-17 October 2005). The agency attributed the pilot's behaviour to stress related to family concerns.

Capt Evan Cullen, head of IALPA, says of the Ryanair Ciampino flight report: "There has been an excessive tendency to criticise the pilots without attempting to understand the situation. The report quotes no information from the flight data recorder [FDR]." O'Leary says the pilots had not "pulled" the data from the FDR at the time, and the report uses information from the aircraft's operational flight data monitoring unit.

Cullen says: "While not commenting on any particular incident or airline, there is no doubt that the safety margins in Irish aviation have been eroded. The important question is whether we have in place the regulatory oversight system to alert us when the safety margin has been eroded to an unsafe extent."

The IAA says it "routinely audits Ryanair's line operations from the flightdeck and training standards, and follows up and investigates reported incidents in a systematic manner".
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Ryanair looking for second airport in Finland

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) - European no-frills airline Ryanair Holdings Plc is looking for a second airport to fly from in Finland, a Ryanair executive was quoted as saying in an interview published on Tuesday.

"We have been very pleased with Finland," Karl Hogstadius, deputy director of the airline's Nordic and Baltic operations, told business daily Taloussanomat. "Last year we had around 350,000 passengers. This year we forecast 400,000-450,000."

Ryanair, which has been expanding aggressively in Europe, currently flies from Tampere airport, 175 km (110 miles) north of Finland's capital Helsinki, to three destinations in Europe.

The paper gave no further details on when Ryanair hoped to start operations from another Finnish airport.

Finland is the home turf of national carrier Finnair , whose chief executive said at the weekend he doubted that no-frills carriers could operate low-priced flights from Finland to Europe for very long.

Icelandic FL Group's no-frills airline Sterling is due to start flights from Helsinki to 11 European destinations in March while Air Berlin is due to start a Helsinki-London service in February.

Lufthansa's germanwings, Swedish FlyME and Blue1, a subsidiary of Scandinavian airline SAS , also operate no-frills flights from Finland.
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