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Old February 27th, 2007, 08:42 AM   #1381
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easyJet aims to carry 6 million passengers in France this year

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - British no-frills airline easyJet said Friday it hoped to carry more than six million passengers in France this year and that it was planning to open six new routes from Paris and the French regions.

Chief executive Andy Harrison also told reporters here that the airline, which has been operating in France for a decade, was aiming to develop its business passenger trade from its base in Paris' Orly airport.

In 2006 the airline carried 33.7 million passengers in Europe last year, 5.4 million of them in France.

Group revenue leapt 14.9 percent to 366.2 million pounds (556 million euros, 721 million dollar) in the three months to December 31, 2006, compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year, easyJet said earlier this month.

France's highest administrative court in January rejected an appeal by easyJet over a decree that requires its aircrews based at French airports to abide by French, not British, labour laws.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 04:01 AM   #1382
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EasyJet eyes expansion at Brussels airport

BRUSSELS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - British low-cost airline easyJet said on Tuesday it was planning to expand its operations at Brussels airport after starting a service to Geneva at the end of June.

"We still don't have a critical mass in Brussels," Francois Bachetta, easyJet's France and Benelux director, told a news conference, adding that more than one route would be necessary to make Belgian operations profitable.

He declined to say which routes his company would most likely open, saying he did not want to flag that to competitors. He did say that the expansion should take place within the next year or two.

EasyJet earlier this month reported first-quarter revenue up 15 percent on a year ago and predicted another sharp rise in pre-tax profits this year.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #1383
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Hopefully a Glasgow to Brussels route is on the way with Easyjet.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #1384
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EasyJet says February passengers up 11.5 percent

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - British low-cost airline easyJet said on Wednesday passenger numbers in February rose 11.5 percent year-on-year to 2,646,775.

The airline said its load factor -- a measure of how well it filled its planes -- fell 0.9 percentage points to 82.8 percent in February.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #1385
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to January 2007:
EasyJet = 33,932,607
Ryanair = 41,128,255

Percentage increase in passengers since January 2006:
EasyJet = 11.1%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in January 2007:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 83%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to February 2007:
EasyJet = 34,205,676
Ryanair = 41,742,265

Percentage increase in passengers since February 2006:
EasyJet = 11.5%
Ryanair = 24%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in February 2007:
EasyJet = 84.5%
Ryanair = 83%
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Old May 9th, 2007, 08:52 AM   #1386
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Ryanair mulls new base in Bratislava

BRATISLAVA, April 26 (Reuters) - Europe's largest budget carrier, Ryanair , said on Thursday it was in talks with Bratislava airport about opening a new base in the Slovak capital.

The Irish-based airline now operates five routes from Bratislava to Italy, Germany and Britain. It plans to open a new route to Bremen, Germany, from Sept. 25.

"We are in talks with the airport to establish a base here," said Tomasz Kulakowski, Ryanair's sales executive for central Europe. "Potential here is massive."

He said some 10 million Ryanair passengers might use the Slovak airport over the next five years if its new base is placed here. About 2 million travelers used the airport, a base for rival SkyEurope airline, in 2006.

The carrier plans to establish 10 new bases in the next five years and add 117 planes to its 134-strong fleet, Kulakowski said.

Last year, the leftist government of Robert Fico cancelled the sale of Bratislava airport to Flughafen Wien , which analysts said threatened future expansion plans.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #1387
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to February 2007:
EasyJet = 34,205,676
Ryanair = 41,742,265

Percentage increase in passengers since February 2006:
EasyJet = 11.5%
Ryanair = 24%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in February 2007:
EasyJet = 84.5%
Ryanair = 83%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to March 2007:
EasyJet = 34,545,559
Ryanair = 42,509,112

Percentage increase in passengers since March 2006:
EasyJet = 11.7%
Ryanair = 26%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in March 2007:
EasyJet = 84.4%
Ryanair = 78%
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Old May 9th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #1388
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Quote:
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to March 2007:
EasyJet = 34,545,559
Ryanair = 42,509,112

Percentage increase in passengers since March 2006:
EasyJet = 11.7%
Ryanair = 26%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in March 2007:
EasyJet = 84.4%
Ryanair = 78%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to April 2007:
EasyJet = 34,831,219
Ryanair = 43,178,403

Percentage increase in passengers since April 2006:
EasyJet = 10%
Ryanair = 19%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in April 2007:
EasyJet = 84%
Ryanair = 83%
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Old May 10th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #1389
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Ryanair to expand services from new hub in Bremen, northwest Germany
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DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ryanair Holdings PLC said Thursday it was expanding its route network for its newest hub in Bremen, northwest Germany.

Europe's largest no-frills airline said it planned to open seven new routes in mid-September, taking the total number of routes to 18, just weeks after opening services in Bremen.

New twice-weekly services would link Bremen with Alghero in Sardinia and Trapani in Sicily; three-times weekly with the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Malta and Stockholm; four-times weekly with Italy's financial capital, Milan; and daily with Paris.

It said this would mean basing a third Boeing 737-800 in Bremen.

Sean Coyle, Ryanair's director of scheduled revenue, said the expansion plan would mean "even more choice and even more low fares for German consumers who want to escape from the high fares and fuel surcharges of Lufthansa."
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Old May 13th, 2007, 03:56 AM   #1390
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Ryanair = 43,178,403
I had no clue Ryanair was already at 40,000,000+ passengers. Even BA only has about 37 million.

So they are now the third largest airline in Europe when it comes to passenger numbers. (1. Air France-KLM 70+ million, 2. Lufthansa 53+ million)
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Old May 13th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #1391
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Quote:
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to April 2007:
EasyJet = 34,831,219
Ryanair = 43,178,403

Percentage increase in passengers since April 2006:
EasyJet = 10%
Ryanair = 19%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in April 2007:
EasyJet = 84%
Ryanair = 83%
Hi Monkey!!
i ask u only,
EasyJet: made in____?? europe or geramny??
Ryanair: made in____?? europe or Spain??
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Old May 14th, 2007, 12:00 AM   #1392
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^ EasyJet is a British company (although the founder is Greek). Ryanair is technically an Irish company but its biggest operational base is in Britain - especially London. However both companies are becoming ever more "pan-European" with bases across the EU.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 07:38 AM   #1393
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Ryanair boosts Boeing with 1.9-billion-dollar jet deal

LONDON, May 31, 2007 (AFP) - Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair gave a boost to US aircraft maker Boeing on Thursday by ordering an extra 27 Boeing 737-800 jets worth 1.9 billion dollars.

The purchase, which was previously recorded by Boeing as being from an unidentified customer, was worth the equivalent of 1.4 billion euros or 962 million pounds at list prices, the two groups announced.

The order for Boeing came just one day after its European rival Airbus clinched a 16-billion-dollar order with Qatar Airways for 80 of its A350 jets.

Thursday's news will take Ryanair's total firm orders for Boeing B737-800s to 308, of which 137 have already been delivered.

Ryanair, which along with other airlines has faced criticism for adding to carbon emissions with increased numbers of flights, added that the planes will be fitted with so-called "blended winglets" which will reduce emissions.

"The combination of the lowest per seat operating cost and the reliability of these Boeing 737-800s will benefit millions of additional passengers in the coming five years as we extend our route network," said Ryanair deputy chief executive Howard Millar in a statement announcing the news.

The airline added that the order would take Ryanair's total fleet size, including planned disposals, to 262 aircraft by 2012.

"The 737-800 continues to demonstrate its exceptional suitability for the low-fare business model," added Marlin Dailey, Boeing vice president of sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia.

"It consistently generates more revenue and more profit through industry-leading reliability and higher utilization."

In the current year, Ryanair expects to carry 42 million passengers on 492 routes across 25 European countries.

Meanwhile, the Dublin-based carrier aims to start flying between Europe and the United States within four years' time, according to a recent report.

Ryanair would create a long-haul no-frills carrier, independent of Ryanair, that would mean the purchase of up to 50 widebody Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s, according to reported comments from chief executive Michael O'Leary.

The company's push into the transatlantic market is being made possible after EU transport ministers gave clearance last month for plans to free up the transatlantic aviation market under a long-sought "open skies" accord.

Ryanair currently increases group revenues by charging passengers to take baggage on board. Its ticket prices are advertised excluding taxes.

The price of shares in Ryanair climbed by 1.73 percent to 5.30 euros in Dublin late morning trading. The Irish Overall Index was up 0.31 percent at 9,878.12 points.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 12:43 PM   #1394
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How do the 2 North American versions of Easyjet and Ryanair compare? Southwest of the USA and Westjet of Canada are both low cost, no frills airlines that have grown very rapidly for over 10 years now. I'm sure their passenger numbers are much smaller than the 2 European low cost carriers I've cited, but are bound to keep gaining market clout.

Are they destined to become North American versions?
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The interesting thing about Southwest is that although it's supposed to be a "low cost" airline, everyone loves Southwest. I've had some of my best flights on Southwest and whenever I come back to the U.S. and see Southwest tails at the airport it makes me smile. The airlines from Texas seem to be the best in the United States, American, Continental and Southwest.

If they become North American versions I guess you'd hear less complaints about them but I wish I could fly from Austin to Dallas for $25 instead of $98 like Southwest and American charge.
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How do the 2 North American versions of Easyjet and Ryanair compare? Southwest of the USA and Westjet of Canada are both low cost, no frills airlines that have grown very rapidly for over 10 years now. I'm sure their passenger numbers are much smaller than the 2 European low cost carriers I've cited, but are bound to keep gaining market clout.

Are they destined to become North American versions?
Southwest is challenging American with the highest passenger numbers of any airline in the world. It is currently about the size fo Ryanair and Easyjet combined. Southwest also created the low cost business model that Ryanair, EasyJet, and all the others now copy. Jet Blue and WestJet are much smaller than Ryanair or EasyJet but Southwest is an absolute giant.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 07:23 AM   #1397
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Ryanair triples annual profits to record level

DUBLIN, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - Ryanair, the Irish no-frills airline, said on Tuesday that net profits tripled in the group's 2006-2007 financial year to a record 401.4 million euros (542.2 million dollars).

Adjusted net profits rocketed 33.1 percent in the twelve months to March 31, 2007, from 301.5 million euros in the previous fiscal year, Ryanair said in its annual earnings release.

The result beat both the company's own forecasts and market expectations of 395 million euros.

"These record profits and the strong growth in traffic, yields and revenues during a period of much higher oil prices and intense competition is a tribute to the strength of Ryanair's lowest fare model," said chief executive Michael O'Leary in comments accompanying the release.

Ryanair added that pre-tax profit climbed by a third to 451.0 million euros in the 2006/2007 year.

Revenue, meanwhile, soared 31 percent to 2.237 billion euros, driven by a 22-percent increase in passenger numbers to 42.5 million.

The company forecast a similar increase in passengers in the current financial year to 52 million travellers.

However, the Dublin-based carrier warned of a sharp slowdown in growth over the coming year despite an expansion of its route network.

Ryanair's full-year fuel bill surged by 50 percent to 693 million euros, but the airline added that it took advantage of oil price weaknesses to hedge its fuel costs until 2008.

In the past year, Ryanair said that other cost increases came from higher airport charges at London Stansted and Dublin airports, combined with the doubling of British airport departure taxes.

Ancillary revenues grew by 40 percent due to higher passenger spending and the rapid growth of excess baggage charges.

Ryanair currently increases group revenues by charging passengers to take baggage on board. Its ticket prices are advertised excluding taxes.

The group, which bought 25.2 percent or Irish rival Aer Lingus last year, flies more than 500 routes to destinations across 25 European countries and wants to start flying to the United States by 2011.

Last week, Ryanair had ordered an extra 27 Boeing 737-800 jets worth 1.9 billion dollars. The order will take the total fleet size, including planned disposals, to 262 aircraft by 2012.
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How do the 2 North American versions of Easyjet and Ryanair compare? Southwest of the USA and Westjet of Canada are both low cost, no frills airlines that have grown very rapidly for over 10 years now. I'm sure their passenger numbers are much smaller than the 2 European low cost carriers I've cited, but are bound to keep gaining market clout.

Are they destined to become North American versions?
Ha, destined to become? Southwest is already king....

2006:

Southwest: 96.3 million
EasyJet: 33.9 million
Ryanair: 41.1 million
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13 NEW RYANAIR ROUTES FROM STOCKHOLM

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Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (14th June) announced 13 new routes from its Stockholm Skavsta base to Alicante, Basel, Bratislava, Eindhoven, Baden Baden, Liverpool, Malta, Pisa, Porto, Salzburg, Trapani and Valencia. These new routes will start in October, when Ryanair will invest $140m and add two new Boeing 737 800s (total 6) at its Stockholm Skavsta base.

Announcing these 13 new routes, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO said:

“Ryanair low fares in Sweden have been a tremendous success because Swedish passengers can’t stand SAS’s high fares and frequent strikes. With these new routes Ryanair will carry 2.5m passengers annually to and from Stockholm Skavsta at less than one third of SAS’s high fares. This generates a visitor spend of 5bn SEK in the region and delivers passenger savings of 3bn SEK.

“Only Ryanair guarantees the lowest fares from Sweden. If any passenger finds a lower fare with another airline on the same route, Ryanair will refund double the difference. To celebrate these 13 new routes, we are giving away 100,000 seats from Stockholm for just 220 SEK (just the taxes), and we urge all passengers to log onto www.ryanair.com immediately, as seats this cheap will sell out fast.”

Route
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Frequency

Alicante
Oct
3 x week

Basel
Oct
3 x week

Berlin
Oct
7 x week

Bratislava
Oct
7 x week

Eindhoven
Oct
4 x week

Baden
Oct
4 x week

Liverpool
Oct
4 x week

Malta
Oct
2 x week

Pisa
Oct
3 x week

Porto
Oct
3 x week

Salzburg
Dec
2 x week

Trapani
Oct
2 x week

Valencia
Oct
4 x week
One more route to Porto
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Its been said in the media that Porto could possibly be one of the future new hubs of Ryanair!
Hope so..
Ryanair has know 11 routes and a maximum pax capacity of arround 1.300.000 per year at the Porto Airport.

What you think?
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