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Old March 16th, 2006, 07:27 PM   #1241
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UK's easyJet Cries Foul Over Blocked French Service
16 March 2006

PARIS (AP)--EasyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) canceled a planned Paris-Ajaccio service Thursday, saying it had been blocked by France's civil aviation authority and accused the government of protecting a duopoly enjoyed by Air France-KLM (AKH) and the Corsican carrier CCM.

The U.K.'s low-cost airline promised refunds for customers who had already bought tickets for the new Corsica service after the authority, an arm of the French transport ministry, ruled that only Air France and CCM could fly to the island from Paris.

Air France has a 12% stake in CCM, and the French state directly and indirectly owns more than 65% of the Corsican carrier.

EasyJet said in a statement that its planned Corsica service had been blocked by the aviation authority, known by its French acronym DGAC, because Paris-Ajaccio is designated as a route that carries public service obligations.

Airlines serving such routes - usually those that are not profitable all year-round - are protected from competition from rivals in exchange for undertakings such as minimum flight frequencies off-season.

But easyJet said there was too much demand for Paris-Ajaccio flights for the route's public-service status to be justified, and accused the French authorities of handing a hidden subsidy to Air France and its smaller partner.

"EasyJet is astonished that a monopoly should be accorded on such a popular route," the company said.

EasyJet said it could offer return flights starting at EUR70 instead of the EUR263 minimum fare it said Air France charges. Officials for Air France-KLM and the DGAC were not immediately available for comment.

EasyJet's statement did not specify its proposed average fare or out-of-season flight frequencies.

The no-frills carrier has often clashed with Air France and French authorities over the allocation of take-off and landing slots and cost of services at French airports.
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HUNGARIAN PRESS: Ryanair First Hungary Flight In May
17 March 2006

BUDAPEST (Dow Jones)--The first Hungarian flight of Ireland's Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) will land in Sarmellek, near Lake Balaton, from London May 4, a Ryanair representative Katja Zarobeck said, Magyar Hirlap reports Friday.

Ryanair will fly to Hungary three times a week and the average ticket price will be EUR41. The company plans to fly 40,000 travellers in the first year. U.K. passengers are expected to account for 60% of the total.

Newspaper Web site: http://www.magyarhirlap.hu
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Old March 25th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #1243
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O'Leary calls on Ahern to tackle airport dispute
Emmet Oliver
25 March 2006
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The chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, has called on the Taoiseach to intervene in a dispute at Dublin airport concerning online check-in tickets.

Staff at the airport are refusing to co-operate with the Ryanair system which was meant to come into operation last week.

Yesterday Mr O'Leary described the main union at the airport, Siptu, as "headbangers" determined to control the movement of passengers.

"It's not up to a bunch of trade union headbangers to decide who will, and who will not, go through the airport," said Mr O'Leary during a radio interview with RTÉ.

Talks between the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Siptu representatives were described as "ongoing" last night. If these talks fail to bring a resolution, the issue is due to go to the Labour Relations Commission.

For the new system to work Dublin airport staff have been asked to use a scanner to scan online tickets when presented by customers. However so far this has not happened.

Ryanair hoped to introduce the online check-in facility on the Dublin-Cork route initially, and then offer it on other routes.

Siptu says a range of industrial relations issues precluded the union's members from co-operating at this time.

Dermot O'Loughlin of the Siptu civil aviation branch said members were already dissatisfied with rostering arrangements and were seeking to solve this problem, among others.

Other staff told The Irish Times they were concerned they would become "part-time check-in staff" for Ryanair. However this was rejected yesterday by Mr O'Leary, who said the airport was a victim of "Spanish practices".

Mr O'Leary was also sceptical of hearings at either the Labour Court or the Labour Relations Commission.

"They are presumably going to the Labour Court for more money for doing less work."

Asked could the issue be solved at the Labour Relations Commission, the airline chief said: "We'll be phaffing and fluttering around for months, while the queues in Dublin airport get longer".

He warned that Ryanair would go to the courts if staff did not co-operate with the new system.

"These cossetted trade union members in a semi-State company cannot block progress, simply because they think they can in Bertie's banana land."
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Old March 29th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #1244
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Ryanair plane accidentally lands at British military field in Northern Ireland
29 March 2006

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - An airplane contracted by budget carrier Ryanair landed by accident Wednesday at a British military field in Northern Ireland because the pilot believed he was approaching a commercial airport in a nearby city, officials said.

The Airbus A320 was carrying 39 passengers and six crew members from Liverpool, northwest England, to Londonderry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. But instead of landing as scheduled at the City of Derry Airport, it touched down at a military strip in Ballykelly, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the east.

In a statement, Ryanair Holdings PLC said the aircraft was being operated by another aviation company, Eirjet, on behalf of Ryanair, when it landed at Ballykelly about 2:40 p.m. (1340GMT).

"This incident arose as a result of an error by Eirjet's pilot, who mistakenly believed he was on a visual approach to City of Derry Airport," the Ryanair statement said.

"The Eirjet pilot was cleared by air traffic control in City of Derry for a visual approach and mistook the nearby Ballykelly for City of Derry," Ryanair said.

The airline said it notified Ireland's Aviation Authority and Britain's Civil Aviation Authority of the mishap and asked Eirjet "to carry out a full investigation into this matter, as in over seven years of Ryanair flights into City of Derry Airport, and over 20 years of Ryanair-operated flights, such a mistake has never occurred before."

Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed in a statement that a civilian aircraft had landed at Ballykelly and its pilot was being questioned. While the plane was impounded, its passengers and luggage were transported by bus to Londonderry.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 12:09 PM   #1245
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 06:50 PM   #1246
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Ryanair fined in Norway for violating customer rights

OSLO, April 2, 2006 (AFP) - Irish budget airline Ryanair has been fined 500,000 Norwegian kroner (76,000 dollars, 63,000 euros) by the Norwegian consumer protection agency for unfair treatment of passengers, NTB news agency reported on Sunday.

The agency said the airline had failed to improve customer care on three points on which Ryanair had previously been warned, NTB said.

In February the agency, backed by consumer groups in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, petitioned Norway's commercial court, the Markedsraadet, over Ryanair's policy of charging high handling fees when refunding unused tickets or transferring tickets between passengers.

The carrier was also criticized for being unclear towards travellers about liability rights if planes are delayed or baggage is destroyed, lost or damaged.

The court had given the airline until mid-March to change its policy.

"Because Ryanair has not taken the steps set out by the Markedsraadet, the Consumer Ombudsman has imposed a 500,000 kroner fine," Bjoern Erik Thon spokesman for the consumer group said.

"If Ryanair fails to pay the fine, we will take the case to court," Thon added.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #1247
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Split, Bordeaux, and Rimini have been added to the EasyJet empire!

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Old April 5th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #1248
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Jetstar, Valuair owner to offer shares to existing investors
EGM on bid to raise $36m went well; airlines are here to stay: Orangestar CEO

By Karamjit Kaur
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THE owner of low-cost carriers Jetstar Asia and Valuair will offer new shares to existing shareholders first as it attempts to raise fresh funds of $36 million.

Orangestar Investment Holdings and its chief executive officer (CEO), Ms Chong Phit Lian, were also quick to assure consumers that the airlines are here to stay.

The Straits Times reported yesterday that Orangestar has almost exhausted the $60 million that shareholders, including Qantas and Temasek Holdings, injected when Jetstar and Valuair merged last July.

Its cash crunch has led to a proposal to issue 144 million shares at 25 cents each, a 75 per cent discount to the prevailing price.

An extraordinary general meeting held in Singapore on Monday 'ended well', Ms Chong told The Straits Times.

On whether the existing shareholders agreed to pump in more money, she said: 'So far, the indications have been positive but we will wait for the official word.'

Apart from Qantas, which owns 44.5 per cent of the company, and Temasek with 31 per cent, Orangestar's other shareholders include Star Cruises and businessmen Tony Chew and Wong Fong Fui.

If they do not want the new shares, the company will look at other alternatives, Ms Chong said.

Analysts said one option would be to raise money from the debt market with Qantas as guarantor.

At Monday's meeting, shareholders also accepted management's recommendation to cut the fleet size from eight to six planes to boost load rates.

Since they took to the skies in 2004, Valuair and Jetstar Asia have both been hit by sky-high fuel prices, aggressive competition and protected skies.

Tough conditions have hit all airlines, said Mr Shukor Yusof, Standard & Poor's aviation editor, adding that the industry is a 'very difficult' one.

Still, Tiger Airways - a partnership between Singapore Airlines, Temasek, the founders of Ireland's Ryanair and US-based business strategy consultants Indigo Partners - could not resist taking a dig at the competition.

In a press release yesterday, CEO Tony Davis offered to take over some of the routes from Jetstar Asia and Valuair if the airlines wanted to give them up.

He added that Tiger will take delivery of its sixth jet next week and another six are expected before the end of next year.

Ms Chong said with a laugh: 'If he wants my routes, he should write to me and not to the press.'

She added on a more serious note: 'At the end of the day, we are all here to serve the consumer. Competition is always good because it means better choices.'

Ms Chong - CEO for just 10 days, has no regrets about taking on such a testing role: 'I knew it would be very challenging.'

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Old April 6th, 2006, 04:51 PM   #1249
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EasyJet Takes Italian Govt To Crt On Milan-Olbia Route
6 April 2006
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--easyJet said Thursday that it has lodged a formal appeal against the Italian Transport Ministry and the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) over the right to operate the route Milan-Olbia.

The appeal was filed with the regional administrative court in Rome in March.

easyJet has already submitted, a formal complaint against the Italian authorities to the European Commission for anti-competitive behaviour. The European Commission is already assessing the decree and has the power to overrule it, if it is found to be against the EU's Open Skies Agreement.

easyJet announced its intentions to operate from Milan to Olbia in Sardinia, as part of its expanding number of routes at its new base at Milan Malpensa.

In response to this, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) took the unprecedented step of writing to easyJet to request that the airline stopped selling seats on the route, as part of its plans to impose Public Service Obligation (PSO) status on the route.

Under European law, any EU-based airline can offer scheduled flights between any two airports within the E.U. The opening of the market has led to lower prices and more choice for consumers in the past ten years.

Only under very specific circumstances, a PSO status can be imposed on routes where there is no viable commercial operation and a government considers it a "lifeline service".

easyJet launched its first Italian base at Milan Malpensa on 9 March and will operate domestic routes from Milan to Naples, Palermo and Olbia in the coming weeks.
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Swedish PM Sues Ryanair Over Newspaper Ad
6 April 2006

STOCKHOLM (AP)--Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson and former Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds have sued Irish-based low-cost airline Ryanair for using their faces in a newspaper advertisement without permission, a government spokeswoman said Thursday.

Persson and Freivalds are demanding 75,000 kronor (about EUR8,000) each in damages for an ad showing their pictures above the text, "Time to flee the country?" government spokeswoman Camila Buzaglo said.

The ad, which touted low fares on international flights, was published in Sweden's major newspaper Feb. 27. At the time, the Social Democratic government was under heavy media pressure to explain perceived shortcomings in its handling of international crises like the 2004 tsunami disaster and the prophet cartoon uproar this year.

Freivalds resigned March 21 after she was accused of lying about her role in the closing of a right-wing Web site that solicited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The lawsuit filed in the Stockholm District Court claims the ad was insulting and offensive to Persson and Freivalds.

Ryanair's Swedish spokeswoman Lotta Lindquist-Brosjo didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
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EasyJet says March passengers up 7.1 pct

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - British budget airline easyJet carried 2.75 million passengers in March, up 7.1 percent from a year earlier, it said on Friday.

EasyJet's load factor, a measure of how efficiently it is filling its planes, was slightly ahead of expectations at 86.3 percent, down from exceptionally high loads of 91.1 percent the year before when Easter fell in March, it said.

EasyJet said its total revenue for the 12 months to the end of March was up 17.7 percent at 1.4 billion pounds ($2.5 billion).

On Wednesday Iceland's FL Group said it had sold its 16.9 percent stake in the airline, making a 140 million euro ($172 million) profit. The group had been rumoured to be considering a bid for easyJet after it raised its stake last year above 16 percent.

Rival low-cost carrier Ryanair said on Wednesday its load factor was 79 percent in March, compared with 80 percent a year earlier, and that it had carried 3 million passengers in the month, up 17 percent from the year before.

British Airways , Europe's third-largest airline, said on Wednesday its March load factor had slipped 0.5 points to 75.2 percent, but its passenger traffic had risen 1.8 percent year on year.

Shares in easyJet closed at 332 pence on Thursday, valuing the group at around 1.3 billion pounds.
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Quote:
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to February 2006:
EasyJet = 30,739,609
Ryanair = 34,333,618

Percentage increase in passengers since February 2005:
EasyJet = 16.3%
Ryanair = 22%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in February 2006:
EasyJet = 84.5%
Ryanair = 78%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to March 2006:
EasyJet = 30,921,244
Ryanair = 34,768,813

Percentage increase in passengers since March 2005:
EasyJet = 14.5%
Ryanair = 17%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in March 2006:
EasyJet = 86.3%
Ryanair = 79%
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Monk, are there growth plans into Zurich??





i see Basel-Mulhouse as relatively closest, but...


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^ I don't know what their growth plans are aside from what they announce on their websites. I think Germany, Italy, and central Europe are their primary growth focus now. EasyJet already has a major base in Geneva.
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Ryanair Hldgs Calls On Polish Govt To Reform Airport Mgmt
11 April 2006
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Tuesday called on the Polish Government to reform the management of its airports by abolishing rigid centralised tariffs, which place regional airports at a disadvantage and hinders their ability to grow.

Ryanair also called on the Government to open a secondary airport for Warsaw in Modlin, which would significantly increase competition, and lower airfares for all passengers and visitors to Warsaw.

If such reforms are made, Ryanir said Polish consumers would enjoy "massive improvements in low fare access to and from the regions allowing tourism and business to prosper through increased visitor numbers".

Ryanair alone would deliver an increase in traffic from 1.6M to 10M passengers p.a. supporting 10,000 Polish jobs within 5 years.
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Ryanair to add 9 new routes from Germany's Hahn airport
12 April 2006

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC said Wednesday that it will add nine new routes from the Hahn airport outside Frankfurt starting Oct. 25.

The Ireland-based airline said it will add flights to Granada and Murcia, Spain; Trieste and Verona, Italy; Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland; Kaunus, Lithuania; and Marrakesh and Fez, Morroco.

Each new route will have three flights a week. In addition to the new routes, the airline said it will increase the number of daily flights to London's Stansted airport from four to six and flights to Oslo, Norway, from once to twice daily.

The airline will also increase to nine the number of Boeing 737-800s it has based at Hahn.

The airport, located 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Frankfurt, is spending about €100 million (US$121 million) to expand its terminal and operations. Nearly 4 million passengers are expected to fly in and out of the airport this year.

Ryanair is Europe's biggest low-fare airline, carrying about 35 million passengers annually.
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^ Interesting! Ryanair is also expanding into Morocco!
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Police say no bomb was found on airplane diverted to Scottish airport
By JENNIFER QUINN
12 April 2006

LONDON (AP) - British fighter jets escorted a commercial flight to a Scottish airport Wednesday after a passenger passed the captain a note saying a bomb was onboard, Irish budget airline Ryanair and British police said.

Ryanair Flight FR25 was traveling from Paris Beauvais to Dublin, when it was diverted to Prestwick Airport and escorted by three Royal Air Force jets, one of which was already in the air for a training exercise. Two others were dispatched, Britain's Defense Ministry said.

No bomb was discovered by Army bomb disposal experts who searched the Boeing 737, and 167 passengers and five crew were safely escorted off the plane and questioned at the airport, Strathclyde police said.

Authorities reopened Prestwick, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Glasgow, two hours after shutting it down.

A passenger handed a note written on a page of a magazine to the pilot, which claimed a bomb had been hidden underneath a seat on the aircraft, Strathclyde Assistant Chief Constable John Neilson told a news conference.

He said police were working to establish if the passenger had written the note or innocently discovered it.

Neilson said no arrests had been made, but said passengers were being questioned about the incident.

The plane was due to take off from Prestwick bound for Dublin at 10 p.m. (2100GMT) with passengers and crew onboard, said Ryanair spokeswoman Pauline McAllester. She could not confirm if any passengers would remain in Scotland for further questioning.

Following discovery of the note, the lead pilot alerted aviation authorities to divert the plane, said Florence Legrin, a spokeswoman for France's civil aviation authority.

Amateur video footage shown on Britain's Sky News channel showed passengers leaving the aircraft and boarding airport buses.

Experts said bomb threats rarely turn out to be credible.

"Terrorists don't advise the passengers on board that there's a bomb on board. They just blow it up," said Bob Ayers, a security expert from the Chatham House think tank in London.

Bomb threats to planes are not uncommon.

Late last year, an Olympic Airlines flight to Cyprus returned to Athens International Airport after a hoax that suggested a bomb containing anthrax had been hidden on the plane.

Britain's Department of Transport said it could not say how many flights are diverted each year, saying the information could threaten national security.
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Ryanair, Pilots Query Police Handling Of Bomb-scare Plane
13 April 2006

DUBLIN (AP)--Budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY) and Ireland's pilots association Thursday demanded to know why passengers were kept inside a grounded plane for 2 1/2 hours while U.K. authorities searched it for a possible bomb.

But Scotland's Strathclyde Police defended the decision to keep all 167 passengers and five crew members inside the plane during Wednesday's search of the cabin and baggage by explosives experts and sniffer dogs.

The aircraft was diverted by Royal Air Force jets to Prestwick Airport, west of Glasgow, after a passenger found a written bomb threat in a magazine. The threat turned out to be a hoax and all passengers arrived in Dublin 10 hours late - after each was photographed and interviewed by detectives.

"The decision to keep people on board was as a result of a full risk assessment carried out by Strathclyde Police," the force said in a statement. "At all times the safety and well being of passengers was a priority. If, at any time, an assessment was made that the passengers were in any immediate danger, they would have immediately been evacuated from the aircraft."

Pauline McAlester, a spokeswoman for Ryanair, emphasized the airline's preferred policy would be to get people away from a plane if a bomb was suspected of being on board. "It was at the insistence of the police and security authorities that the passengers remained on board," she said.

Ireland's independent commercial pilots organization pledged to investigate why the Ryanair pilots' reported demands for an immediate evacuation were rebuffed.

"The biggest concern I have is why people were left on that aircraft when there was a perceived threat," said Capt. Evan Collins of Ireland's Airline Pilots Association.

"Pilots have a statutory obligation to protect the safety of their passengers and crew," Collins said. "These pilots wanted to make a decision and were not allowed to do so."

When the flight that originated in Beauvais Airport, near Paris, finally landed shortly before midnight in Dublin, some of the passengers were crying and visibly angry. Among them were more than 70 Irish schoolgirls who had just completed a school trip.
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