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Old August 4th, 2007, 12:05 PM   #1421
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^ And may I remind you that Europe with its "puny countries" includes Russia: by far the world's largest country.
Which is'nt very significant in terms of passenger numbers
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London needs 3 new runways in 5 years - Ryanair

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Europe's largest budget airline, Ryanair , said on Friday that London needed a minimum of three new runways in the next five years.

"A minimum of three in the next five years...at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said at a news conference.

Ryanair has opposed a new runway at Stansted, but this is because it feels the 4-billion-pound ($8.1 billion) project is too expensive.

Ryanair said earlier it was releasing 2.7 million seats for travel through September, October and November for 10 pounds one way.
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Ryanair complains over lack of EU action on state aid for rivals

BRUSSELS, Aug 10, 2007 (AFP) - Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has made a formal complaint to the European Commission accusing it of failing to act on what Ryanair claims is illegal state aid to rival airlines, an EU spokesman said Friday.

The Irish group has sent complaints to the EU's executive arm, received this week, concerning alleged state aid to French and German carriers Air France and Lufthansa, Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr told AFP.

Last month Ryanair said it was unsatisfied with the Commission's lack of action in the cases of Air France and Lufthansa, as well as Italian group Alitalia and Greece's Olympic Airways.

It submitted the cases to the EU competition watchdog over a year ago for action.

"These complaints involved hundreds of millions of euros in illegal state aids being granted by the French, German, Italian and Greek governments to subsidise their flag carrier airlines," Ryanair had said at the time.

Selmayr said that no notification of formal complaint had yet been received in the cases of the Italian and Greek airlines and stressed that the Commission was confident it was right in not intervening in these cases.

"We have indeed received notification of the formal complaints by Ryanair and we are now looking into these," the Commission spokesman said. "However we are very confident that the Commission has taken the right decisions.

"The Commission is well-known for tackling state aid with determination whenever there is a real case."

The Commission has two months to respond to the Irish airlines complaints and if Ryanair is still not satisfied the matter could end up in the European courts.

Ryanair's head of regulatory affairs, Jim Callaghan, has accused the Commission of a twin-track approach to state aid.

"On one hand, they refuse to take action against serious violations of the state aid rules by national governments to protect their flag carrier airlines ... while at the same time they launch bogus investigations against small regional and secondary airports like Charleroi," he said last month.

Ryanair has been found guilty of breaching competition rules over subsidies to land at the Belgian airport.

The European Commission and Ryanair are already headed for a dogfight in an EU court as regulators last month blocked the low-cost carrier's takeover of Irish rival Aer Lingus.

The Commission vetoed the takeover on the grounds that the merger of Ireland's two biggest airlines would have given the combined carrier a crushing grip on 35 routes.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #1424
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Easyjet and Ryanair Expanding from Glasgow


Ryanair Announce Three New European Routes from Glasgow Prestwick
Irish budget airline, Ryanair have today confirmed three new routes direct from there Glasgow Prestwick base. A new twice weekly service to Kaunas in Lithuania will commence on the 28th of October, followed by a daily flight to Belfast City starting on the 30th of October and a new three times weekly flight to Budapest in Hungary commencing on the 1st of November.

This announcement brings the number of Ryanair routes on offer from Glasgow up to 27.


Daily Flights from Glasgow to Paris Cleared for Take-off
Budget airline, Easyjet have today announced another new route from there base at Glasgow International, this time to Charles de Gaul airport in Paris.

The new daily service to Paris will commence on the 29th of October with fares starting from just Ł21.99 one-way or Ł45.01 return including taxes.

Easyjet are the largest operator at Glasgow International Airport, with almost 2 million passengers per year. Easyjet are expecting to carry over 100.000 passengers on this route within the first 12 months of operating.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:49 PM   #1425
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to June 2007:
EasyJet = 35,687,793
Ryanair = 44,442,908

Percentage increase in passengers since June 2006:
EasyJet = 15.1%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in June 2007:
EasyJet = 84%
Ryanair = 85%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to July 2007:
EasyJet = 36,242,785
Ryanair = 45,262,576

Percentage increase in passengers since July 2006:
EasyJet = 17.5%
Ryanair = 21%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in July 2007:
EasyJet = 88.6%
Ryanair = 90%
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Watchdog targets hidden costs of budget airline tickets.
11 August 2007
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Budget airlines face acrackdown in the UK over potentially misleading ticket pricing, in an attempt bycompetition watchdogs to stop them advertisingflights for pennies whenthe true cost is many pounds.

The Office of Fair Trading has ordered 13 airlines - including Ryanair, AerLingus and easyJet -to change their adver-tisement and websiteprices to include fixed,non-optional costs, such as taxes.

The action by the OFT is the latest stage of a six-month campaign to make airlines reveal the true cost of tickets.

The Air Transport Users Council, a passenger watchdog group, welcomed the clampdown, but said it should have come much sooner.

"We actually tried to get the OFT to do some work on this three years ago," James Fremantle, AUC industry affairs manager, said. "At the time they said they couldn't do anything - it was perfectly legal."

The OFT said on Thursday that 11 of the 13 airlines it targeted had already changed their websites, while Aer Lingus and Ryan-air had altered their homepages and pledged to update website booking processes later.

In the interim period, Ryanair had agreed to place a clear statement on its website to inform consumers how much the taxes and charges would add to the final price.

Sean Williams, OFT executive director, said the organisation was committed to ensure travellers were not misled by advertised prices that bore little relation to actual charges.

"Misleading pricing not only undermines consumer confidence but also distorts competition and we will enforce the law enthusiastically where we find that consumers have been misled," he said.

The OFT first announced its clampdown in February, when it quoted theexample of a flightfrom Britain to Barcelona that was advertised at Pounds 19.99 but cost more than double that once all fixed -non-optional costs were included.

Passenger groups say many travellers assume fees and charges are the same on all airlines.

Many even think all except government-imposed taxes are variable.

EasyJet welcomed the OFT's action, and claimed it had long called for industry-wide all-inclusive pricing.

"We didn't move independently as it would have disadvantaged us," a spokesperson said. "We're glad everyone is on a level playing field now."

But it seems that someairline industry habits die hard even in the era of transparency heralded by the OFT.

Aer Lingus said it would complete an overhaul of its website by the end of September - but a would apply the OFT ruling only to bookings in the UK.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 07:10 PM   #1427
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Ryanair sees more hubs in Spain, doubling flyers

MADRID, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Ryanair sees room to open two more bases in Spain by around 2010 and will double passengers there, the airline said on Thursday, a week after announcing its presence in the country would double to four hubs.

"We now have four bases and there is space for one or two more ... in the next three or four years," Ryanair's director of marketing and sales in Spain, Maribel Rodriguez, told a news conference. "There's still a lot of space to grow."

Rodriguez later told Reuters the airline planned to double profits from Spain as well as the number of passengers to and from Spanish airports by around 2012.

"We want to double profits and passengers ... by around 2012," Rodriguez said. Next year it plans to fly 11 million passengers to and from Spanish airports on domestic and European flights, compared to fewer than 5 million just three years ago.

Rodriguez told journalists Ryanair would fly six new routes from Madrid in October, travelling to Santander and Girona in northern Spain, Alguero and Cagliari in Italy, as well as Frankfurt and Liverpool.

She added that Ryanair saw plenty of space to expand passengers numbers and routes further from the Spanish capital, after it opened a hub there in November last year.

It now flies 17 routes from Madrid's Barajas airport, which up to now has been dominated by national flag carrier Iberia .

In the last two years, Madrid has become a target for low-cost carriers after airport authorities doubled its number of runways to four and raised terminal capacity by two thirds to 70 million people a year.

Rodriguez said its Madrid base was aiming to carry 1.5 million a year from October, 500,000 more than last year.

On Thursday, Ryanair said it would set up new hubs in Valencia and Alicante on Spain's east coast, in addition to Madrid and Girona.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 01:20 PM   #1428
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Ryanair ads banned for claiming 'faster, cheaper than Eurostar'

LONDON, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - Britain's advertising watchdog on Wednesday banned Ryanair from claiming that the Irish no-frills airline was cheaper, faster and more punctual than high-speed Eurostar trains to Brussels.

Ryanair had claimed in a press advert that its 70-minute flight between London's Stansted airport and Charleroi, southern Belgium, was a faster journey than a 131-minute Eurostar rail link between Waterloo train station and Brussels.

The advert, which was headlined "Brussels faster and cheaper," claimed Ryanair's flight cost 15 pounds (22 euros, 29 dollars), compared with 27 pounds on the Eurostar train. It also claimed that 89 percent of Ryanair flights were on time, against 83 percent of Eurostar trains.

But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that Ryanair's claims were "misleading" because they ignored the time and cost of travelling to and from airports and the longer check-in times for flights.

The watchdog also said the punctuality claim was based on a two-year-old report on the BBC news website, when more Eurostar had failed to run on time due to bad weather.

The ASA, which responded to complaints from Eurostar and members of the public, said it has now asked the Dublin-based carrier to remove the claims from similar advertisements.

The ASA said Stansted and Charleroi airports were about 40 kilometres (25 miles) and 46 kilometres (28.5 miles) from the centres of London and Brussels respectively and that readers of the adverts would not necessarily know this.

"We considered that people would see the headline 'Brussels faster' as referring to the overall journey time from London to the centre of Brussels," the ASA said in its ruling.

"We concluded that the claim was likely to mislead."

For its part, Ryanair told the ASA that the time and costs of getting to and from airports and railway stations were "irrelevant" as they applied to both modes of transport.
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Ryanair to introduce check-in charge that hits people with luggage, non-EU passports
24 August 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ryanair, the no-frills airline infamous for adding myriad charges for "free" flights, unveiled a new front Friday in its war on luggage -- a check-in charge.

The €3 (US$4) charge each way will be added to the cost of a one-way ticket for anybody using a check-in desk. This means anybody who has to check in luggage or, indeed, any passenger who holds a passport from outside the European Economic Area: the 27 nations of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Ryanair said it was simultaneously dropping a €3 charge for people who had no check-in luggage and wanted first-priority boarding. It billed the change as designed to encourage people to check in via the airline's Web site and avoid the check-in line at the airport.

Ryanair said the changes would come into effect on all bookings made from Sept. 24 onward.

"Passengers who wish to travel with checked baggage will be subject to a small fee to reflect the cost of airport check-in desk facilities," Ryanair spokesman Peter Sherrard said.

The Ryanair statement twice claimed that the free option would be available to all passengers who do not have check-in luggage, but in a footnote referred readers to its Web site for a list of restrictions.

The Web site's list of people obliged to use check-in desks includes people with infants or baby buggies, teenagers traveling without adults, and passengers traveling from Italy to Britain.

The airline also later confirmed to The Associated Press that holders of passports from non-EEA nations would suffer the new €3 charge even if they have no luggage to check, because they also are barred from checking in on the Web.

The new charges regime means that, for a typical passenger checking a single piece of luggage, the round-trip cost will be €18 (US$24.60) for the just the bag. Ryanair's weight limit on the bag is 15 kilograms (33 pounds), above which passengers are charged an extra €8 (US$11) per kilogram.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to July 2007:
EasyJet = 36,242,785
Ryanair = 45,262,576

Percentage increase in passengers since July 2006:
EasyJet = 17.5%
Ryanair = 21%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in July 2007:
EasyJet = 88.6%
Ryanair = 90%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to August 2007:
EasyJet = 36,802,923
Ryanair = 46,104,000

Percentage increase in passengers since August 2006:
EasyJet = 17.8%
Ryanair = 21%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in August 2007:
EasyJet = 87.4%
Ryanair = 91%
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Ryanair keeps goals, eyes expansion beyond Europe

DUBLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Ryanair stuck to its full-year profit guidance on Thursday and said its plans to expand in Italy were on track, as the airline develops a longer-term strategy to enlarge its network beyond Europe.

"Current trading continues to perform as expected, and advance bookings for the autumn are in line with our targets," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told shareholders, repeating the company expected net profit growth this year of 10 percent.

Europe's biggest budget carrier, which has warned repeatedly that business during the winter will be tough, said it continued to believe ticket prices in the period would drop with average fare yields down by 5 to 10 percent.

Ryanair Holdings Plc , which has also said it will have to contend with rising fuel costs and higher passenger charges in Britain, said however it still expected passenger numbers to grow 18 percent to 50 million in the year to the end of March 2008.

The airline said it would give away 1 million seats for flights in October, with passengers expected to pay only taxes, fees and charges.

In terms of fuel, O'Leary said the airline had yet to insure itself against high oil prices for the first and second quarters of its business year starting in March 2008 but had hedged about 10 percent of its third-quarter fuel needs.

Ryanair is fully hedged for the current fiscal year at an average price of $63 a barrel and O'Leary told reporters after the meeting the airline would take out extra insurance for 2008 if it can do so at or below this year's price.

Ryanair shares were down 1.6 percent at 5.04 euros by 1043 GMT, outperforming a 2.9 percent weaker Irish market <.ISEQ>.

ITALY, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST

On the airline's plans to expand in Italy, where ailing flag carrier Alitalia is cutting routes, O'Leary said he hoped a deal with Milan's Malpensa airport to base an initial 10 aircraft there would be reached in the next few weeks.

In the longer term, O'Leary said he expected Ryanair to begin flights to North Africa, the Middle East and former Russian Republics over the next five to 10 years thanks to anticipated market liberalisation under open skies deals.

Ryanair, which is the biggest shareholder in Irish rival Aer Lingus after a failed takeover bid, was "considering legal remedies" after Aer Lingus management refused its demands for an exceptional shareholder meeting, O'Leary said.

O'Leary is seeking a shareholder vote on Aer Lingus' plans to shift one of its valuable Heathrow slots from Shannon in the west of Ireland to Belfast.

Ryanair said it would expand its own operations out of Shannon, increasing daily flights to London's Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports to seven from four and doubling routes to Paris to two a day from next summer.

The airline is also in negotiations with Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport over a new route from Shannon.
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EasyJet backs Malpensa airport as Alitalia retreats

MILAN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Europe's second-biggest budget airline, easyJet , voiced commitment to Milan's Malpensa airport on Tuesday, reiterating plans to more than double its planes there as struggling Alitalia retreats from its hub.

In a statement on Tuesday, easyJet said it would raise the number of its planes based at Malpensa to 15 from 7 as it adds routes to Marrakech, Sardinia's Olbia and domestic destinations Bari and Cagliari -- as announced in August.

It said that would mean an investment of 600 million euros ($831.6 million) in 3 years.

Malpensa has been one of two hubs for Alitalia, Italy's flag carrier airline, which is now struggling for survival after it failed to secure a buyer when the government offered it for sale.

Rome's Fiumicino is Alitalia's other hub.

Alitalia now plans to cut back on its flights from Malpensa -- which serves Italy's rich business heartland. A union source has said Alitalia could cut 150 flights a day -- about half its passenger services at Malpensa.

And although easyJet said its expansion plan "is not a result of Alitalia's recent decision to move a fair number of flights to Rome," it comes less than a week after rival Ryanair announced plans to launch its first routes there.

Alitalia's chairman Maurizio Prato took the reins of Alitalia in August after an auction for the government's 49.9 percent stake flopped and has drawn up a plan to keep the airline going while management looks for a buyer.

Proposed cuts in traffic at Malpensa have triggered a barrage of objections from politicians on all sides in Italy's north, many of whom see it as further attempts by Rome to swing more power southwards while profiting from northern wealth.

The centre-right opposition was due to raise its criticism of Alitalia's plans in parliament later on Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Francesco Rutelli called on Tuesday for Italian companies to save Alitalia -- which loses over a million euros a day -- just as long-time partner Air France-KLM said it might take a look after Prato's restructuring.

Air France-KLM snubbed the government's auction, saying the conditions were not right.

Roberto Formigoni, the outspoken head of the Lombardy region where Malpensa is sited, said the airport could go it alone without Alitalia if the airline retreated.

"Either Alitalia has to review its decisions in order to relaunch Malpensa as a hub, or Malpensa must take off and become a hub in reality without Alitalia," Formigoni, who is a member of centre-right opposition party Forza Italia, said at a local debate.

He meets Prato on Wednesday for talks.
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Strong “rumours” of two new easyjet bases to be announced in October, one in Italy and one in France.

I do know the exact airports in question, but cant post the information on a public forum.
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Strong “rumours” of two new easyjet bases to be announced in October, one in Italy and one in France.

I do know the exact airports in question, but cant post the information on a public forum.

I heard rumours about LYS in france, MUC and LIS...
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to August 2007:
EasyJet = 36,802,923
Ryanair = 46,104,000

Percentage increase in passengers since August 2006:
EasyJet = 17.8%
Ryanair = 21%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in August 2007:
EasyJet = 87.4%
Ryanair = 91%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to September 2007:
EasyJet = 37,230,079
Ryanair = 46,920,000

Percentage increase in passengers since September 2006:
EasyJet = 14.2%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in September 2007:
EasyJet = 85.2%
Ryanair = 85%
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Watch Your back Ryanair and Easyjet! Wizzair is on Your tails!

Wizz Air orders additional 50 A320 aircraft and 25 options

10/10/07

Wizz Air, the largest low fare-low cost airline based in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that it had signed a contract with Airbus for an additional order of 50 firm A320 aircraft and 25 options increasing its total orders up to 107 aircraft. The new order follows Wizz Air's existing A320 order, addresses its capacity requirements until 2014 and is the largest Airbus fleet order recorded in the CEE region. The firm aircraft deliveries will position Wizz Air to become one of the preeminent airlines in the region over the next decade.
In line with Wizz Air’s existing fleet, the new A320 aircraft come with enhanced cabin features and single-class configuration seating 180 passengers in comfortable leather seats.
The delivery stream of existing and new orders will result in the Wizz Air fleet having an average age of less than 3 years for the next 10 years promoting high operational efficiency and technical reliability, increased passenger comfort, environmental efficiency and one the lowest seat mile cost in the region.
"Wizz Air has demonstrated its ability for sustainable growth in a competitive environment, where low cost leadership is fundamental to market share growth and to remaining competitive. The A320 is a proven contributor to our low cost base and continues to deliver low seat mile costs, high operational reliability and customer satisfaction using an environmentally friendly platform. The new aircraft order will put Wizz Air in the league of the largest fleet operators in the region. By 2016 Wizz Air would operate a fleet of over 100 A320 aircraft." said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air.
"We are very proud to take part in the tremendous growth of Wizz Air in the Central and Eastern Europe region" said Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy. "The new order strongly underpins Wizz Air's aspirations to expand. The A320 Family is clearly the leading aircraft in its category, and this milestone order really endorses the superiority of our product" he added.

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Not really. Ryan Air and Easyjet are way ahead of any other competitors. Third is most liekly either Germanwings or Vueling.
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Not really. Ryan Air and Easyjet are way ahead of any other competitors. Third is most liekly either Germanwings or Vueling.
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