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Old November 30th, 2007, 04:23 AM   #1461
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Ryanair says suing EU Commission over Volare

DUBLIN, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Ryanair said on Thursday it was suing the European Commission for failing to act on the Irish budget airline's complaint about state aid to Italian carrier Volare, a subsidiary of Alitalia .

"The Italian government's recurring attempts to protect Italian aviation include the bailout of Volare and its subsequent transfer to Alitalia," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement.

"The write-off of some 20 million euros ($29.62 million) of airport debts is a blatant abuse of EU state aid rules, yet the Commission has refused to do anything about this since 2005."

Europe's biggest low cost carrier said it was left with no alternative but to challenge the Commission's inaction by lodging a case with the European Court of First Instance. The move is the fourth legal action by Ryanair against the Commission for not taking action against governments it believes are giving illegal state aid to airlines, such as Lufthansa and Air France.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 08:01 PM   #1462
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City breaks 'popular thanks to low-cost carriers'

City breaks are now extremely popular in the UK, a trend that can be attributed to the growth of low-cost airlines, it has been claimed.

City breaks have become "extremely popular" in the UK and owe part of their success to low-cost airline growth, according to the Association of British Travel Agents.

Spokesperson Sean Tipton said that, before the emergence of no-frills airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair, a flight to Madrid cost up to £400.

This meant that most visitors would stay in a destination for a longer period to make the most of the money they have spent, but the current affordability of flights has led to a boom in demand for short breaks across Europe.

"The UK figure for foreign city breaks is 13 million. One of the main reasons for the increase in the popularity of short city breaks is the low cost carriers," Mr Tipton said.

"As soon as they started offering flights, prices dropped substantially, and that's not just their own fares; all the other airlines realised that if they were going to compete they had to lower their fares as well."

Ryanair claims to be Europe's largest low-fares airline and in the 12 months to October 31st this year carried 47.7 million passengers.

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Old December 1st, 2007, 04:59 AM   #1463
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Can you provide the source and date for your articles?
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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:14 AM   #1464
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Old December 8th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #1465
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easyJet passenger figures rise in November
7 December 2007

LONDON (AP) - Discount airline easyJet PLC said Friday that passenger numbers rose 13 percent in November.

The airline carried nearly 2.9 million passengers in November, up from 2.5 million passengers a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Load factor -- or the amount of capacity taken up -- rose to 80.8 percent in November, from 80.5 percent in the same month a year earlier.

The airline carried almost 38 million passengers in the 12 months through November, up about 14 percent from a year earlier, it said.

Shares in easyJet rose 2.6 percent to 558 pence (US$11.31; euro7.74) on the London Stock Exchange.
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Easyjet Announce New Portuguese Link from Glasgow Airport
Glasgow's largest airline, Easyjet, has announced a new thrice weekly service from Glasgow to Faro, the gateway to the Algarve.

Flights from Glasgow to Faro will commence on the 20th of April 2008 and will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a 156 seated Airbus A319 type aircraft.

FlyGlasgow.net is hopeful of more new Easyjet routes being announced in the months ahead for summer 2008, mainly to European cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and others. The announcement of Glasgow to Faro is seen as an attack on troubled airline FlyGlobespan.

Flights from Glasgow to Faro can be booked online now at www.easyjet.com from as little as £59 return.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #1467
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Ryanair says Brussels acts against it, spares peers

BRUSSELS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The president of Ryanair lashed out at the European Commission on Tuesday, saying it had moved speedily against the low-cost airline on state aid cases but dragged its feet when Ryanair complained about others.

Government aid is prohibited to private firms except under special conditions, for example to help develop poor regions.

Irish-based Ryanair has made six complaints but the European Union executive has yet to launch formal charges in any of them, company president Michael O'Leary told a news conference.

"We still have no action on any of our state aid complaints despite the fact that they're more than two years old," he said. By contrast, O'Leary said the Commission had launched formal complaints in three cases involving Ryanair.

"The European Commission is running around investigating spurious complaints against Ryanair airports like Luebeck and Pau," he said.

A Commission spokesman said the EU's executive arm was acting properly.

"We know what we're doing. We are following all the cases with the same attention and naturally cases can take different times for the exchange of information and analysis," Michele Cercone said.

"When we consider that there is a need for a formal investigation to be opened, we will do it."

In the meantime there were exchanges of letters and other action, he added.

Ryanair has sought to spur action by filing five lawsuits at the EU's second-highest court, the Court of First Instance.

The intent is to "embarrass the European Commission and to force the European Commission into acting on these state aid complaints against the flag carrier airlines", O'Leary said.

Ryanair's allegations of illegal aid are:

- One billion euros ($1.47 billion) to Air France-KLM in the form of reduced domestic airport charges. No action after 21 months.

- One hundred million euros to German carrier Lufthansa through its sole use of terminal 2 at Munich airport. No action after 26 months.

- Five hundred million euros to loss-making Olympic Airways [OLY.UL] in Greece. No action after 12 months.

- Twenty million euros to Alitalia subsidiary Volare through airport debt write-offs. No action after 25 months.

- A total 1.7 billion euros to Alitalia through recapitalisation and a debt write-off. No action after 25 months.

O'Leary said the Commission had acted against Ryanair on allegations concerning the Pau, France airport after 12 months; in Luebeck, Germany after 18 months and in Tempere, Finland after 30 months.

Ryanair has two other suits pending. One is an appeal against a Commission decision that it had received illegal state aid for Charleroi airport in Belgium.

The other is an appeal against the Commission's rejection of its proposed acquisition of Irish carrier Aer Lingus.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #1468
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Ryanair CEO plans to raise baggage charges in 2008

DUBLIN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Ryanair has not changed its forecast for a decline in ticket prices over the winter period but plans to increase charges for passengers checking in luggage, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Thursday.

"They will go up again next year, when I don't know, probably some time in advance of the summer," O'Leary said, adding that prices would continue to rise until only about 50 percent of passengers were checking in luggage.

"The fair yield environment is unchanged from previous guidance," O'Leary told reporters following a news conference in Dublin.

"During the winter we are continuing to see strong traffic growth, downward pressure on yields. Our guidance to the market for winter yields from October to December will be a yield decline in the order of minus 5 (percent) rather than minus 10."
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:24 PM   #1469
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Italy airport rejects Ryanair, role in doubt

MILAN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Malpensa has rejected Ryanair's offer to operate out of the international airport, describing as "unacceptable" a plan made by the airline at time when the future role of Italy's northern hub has come under doubt.

Ryanair , Europe's largest discount airline, had presented a plan in September after Alitalia's latest reorganisation envisioned halving the number of flights out of the airport near Milan, Italy's financial and fashion capital.

Alitalia's plan raised the ire of unions and regional politicians for fear of seeing Malpensa become less important to Alitalia than its other hub in Rome, Fiumicino.

And those fears were revived this weekend after the board of the money-loosing flagship carrier came out in favour of a bid from Air France-KLM to take it over. Politicians were joined by union leaders in criticising the decision, saying Air France-KLM would treat Alitalia as a regional airline and transfer major routes to Paris to the detriment of Malpensa and Fiumicino.

After months of talks, the head of the management company behind Malpensa airport told the Corriere della Sera newspaper on Sunday that he had turned down Ryanair's offer.

"The project was unacceptable," he said.

"Nothing will be done, at least in 2008," SEA Chairman Giuseppe Bonomi said. "You should never say never, but they (Ryanair) have to soften their position."

Bonomi said Ryanair would have obliged SEA to change its strategy completely, and the tariffs it wanted to charge passengers were too low for the airport.

Malpensa was still attracting the interest of other discount and regular airlines, he said, adding that it was going ahead with a 150 million euro plan to add more counters and open more gates.
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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%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to October 2007:
EasyJet = 37,639,640
Ryanair = 47,710,000

Percentage increase in passengers since October 2006:
EasyJet = 13.5%
Ryanair = 21%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in October 2007:
EasyJet = 83.7%
Ryanair = 82%




Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2007:
EasyJet = 37,973,630
Ryanair = 48,440,000

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2006:
EasyJet = 13.7%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2007:
EasyJet = 82%
Ryanair = 83.7%




Meanwhile Easyjet has just announced its biggest ever route expansion - especially in the eastern Mediterranean. Egypt appears for the first time, as do several Greek Islands, Cyprus, Dalaman in Turkey, Gibralter, the Canaries, and the Portuguese Atlantic Island of Madeira. This follows hard on the heels of other recent expansions. EasyJet has always led Ryanair in terms of opening exciting new countries and routes:
http://www.easyjet.com/EN/routemap/


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Ryanair still interested in Italy's Malpensa

MILAN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Ryanair is still interested in flying out of Malpensa in northern Italy, but it will not revise its offer after it was rejected by the international airport, a senior manager for the Irish discount airline said on Tuesday.

"If they want to talk to us, our door is always open," South Europe Marketing and Sales Manager Bridget Dowling told a news conference held to announce promotional fares.

"For the moment there are no new developments," she said. "We will not make a new offer."

In the meantime, Ryanair will focus on developing its operations at Orio al Serio airport in Bergamo, east of Milan, the country's financial and fashion capital, she said. The airport is one of three bases from which it flies in Italy.

Ryanair carried 12 million passengers on its Italian routes last year and aims to raise that number to about 14 million in 2008, Dowling said.

Ryanair might open new bases and routes in Italy this year but it had yet to reach any agreements, she added.

Ryanair presented its plan to Malpensa in September following news of a reorganisation plan that would have halved the number of Alitalia's flights out of the airport.

Ryanair's plan would base 12 planes at Malpensa to fly 50 European and 10 Italian routes.

Alitalia's reorganisation plan angered union leaders and regional politicians because they feared Malpensa would lose its importance to Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Those fears were heightened after Alitalia's board and the Italian government -- owner of 49.9 percent of the flagship carrier -- came out in favour of a bid by Air France-KLM to take over Alitalia.

Regional politicians were meeting Prime Minister Romano Prodi in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the airport's future.

A newspaper report on Tuesday saying rival bidders AirOne and bank Intesa Sanpaolo might make a renewed offer for Alitalia boosted the airline's shares by nearly 4 percent.

Ryanair's plan was rejected in December by Malpensa's operator, SEA, which described it as "unacceptable" because the operator would have to change its strategy.

Discount carrier easyJet has eight planes at the airport, serving 21 routes.

Dowling declined to elaborate on the reasons for the rejection, but she said Malpensa would have to keep Ryanair in mind if it wanted to increase traffic at its terminals.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2007:
EasyJet = 37,973,630
Ryanair = 48,440,000

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2006:
EasyJet = 13.7%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2007:
EasyJet = 82%
Ryanair = 83.7%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to December 2007:
EasyJet = 38,234,700
Ryanair = 49,030,000

Percentage increase in passengers since December 2006:
EasyJet = 13.5%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in December 2007:
EasyJet = 83.5%
Ryanair = 82%
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LGW-SSH and LGW-HRG are 5.5 hour flights each, somehow that doesn't make a lot of sense for low-fare airlines that depend on short routes to make profits.

Also I noticed that they will launch 27! new routes from Gatwick. Does this airport even has that much capacity left, especially considering the fact that it is already that busiest one runway airport in the world?

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^ EasyJet just bought GB Airways. That's why there's such a sudden expansion in routes. There will not, however, be such a sudden expansion in flights. Nonetheless airlines find there is plenty room for expansion at Gatwick despite the runway being full. That's because charter flights are declining fast and growing scheduled airlines, such as EasyJet, simply snap up the slots vacated by the charters.
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Ryanair rises after analyst says Irish airline will be stronger than rivals in a recession
10 January 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Europe-based airlines trading on U.S. exchanges rose Thursday, with Ryanair Holdings PLC climbing after a Citi Investment Research analyst said the company is poised to beat out its competitors in a recession.

Andrew Light said Ryanair would come out of a recession stronger than its rivals because passengers will "trade down" to Ryanair's less expensive flights. Charter airlines, national airlines and low-cost carriers would probably reduce their number of flights, he added.

"Ryanair is still a winner in recession," Light said. He lowered his price target to $40 per share from $51, but said lower fuel prices, cutbacks or financial problems for a rival or an increase in Ryanair's profit forecast.

American Depositary Receipts of Ryanair, which is based in Ireland, gained $2.14, or 6.7 percent, to $34.14. ADRs are securities that allow U.S. investors to trade shares of companies based overseas.

Shares of rival airline Air France-KLM, which combines the airlines of France and the Netherlands, rose 68 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $30.78.

The Bank of New York Europe ADR index edged up 0.44 points, to 187.75 in Thursday trading as the U.S. market finished higher.
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Belgian region to sell 27 pct stake in Ryanair hub

BRUSSELS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Belgium's French-speaking Walloon region wants to sell 27 per cent of its stake in Charleroi airport, a major hub for Europe's biggest low-cost airline Ryanair , Belgian media reported on Saturday.

The regional authority wants to sell to a "private partner", but wants to remain the largest shareholder in the airport with 49 percent, transport minister Andre Antoine was quoted by newspapers as saying.

He also reiterated the airport's plan to reduce Ryanair's dominance at the airport.

The Irish budget airline contributed to 86 percent of revenues at Charleroi in 2007, but a series of wildcat strikes which paralysed the airport last year caused friction.

A new terminal is due to open at the airport -- situated around 50 kilometres outside Brussels -- on Jan. 29.
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Bournemouth Wins Ryanair's 24th European Base

$70M INVESTMENT, 1,000 JOBS AND 12 ROUTES

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline today (9th Jan) announced its 24th European base in Bournemouth on England’s South Coast. From April, Ryanair will base one $70m Boeing 737-800 aircraft which will serve 5 new routes to Malaga, Murcia, Nantes, Palma and Wroclaw operating alongside Ryanair’s 7 existing routes from Bournemouth to Alicante, Barcelona, Dublin, Glasgow, Marseille, Milan and Pisa. Capacity on the Glasgow route will be doubled to allow for day return traffic, providing a significantly cheaper option for passengers than the high fares charged by Flybe from neighbouring Southampton

This investment will deliver 1m passengers p.a. for the South Coast resulting in a visitor spend of £60m which will sustain 1,000 jobs in the local economy. Only Ryanair guarantees the lowest fares for passengers on the South Coast and today’s new route announcements will generate annual passenger savings of £40m compared to the high fares charged by Flybe from Southampton. The lowest fares to / from the South Coast are only available with Ryanair from Bournemouth. That’s guaranteed.

Announcing the new base in Bournemouth, Ryanair’s Director of Scheduled Revenue, Sean Coyle said:

“Bournemouth Airport has competed successfully against airports across Europe to win our 24th European base. We look forward to delivering even more passenger savings on even more routes from the South Coast thanks to Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares. With this new base, Ryanair will deliver significant economic benefits throughout the region, capitalising on its huge tourism potential by making it cheaper and easier than ever before to get here”.

“To celebrate the launch of our new Bournemouth base, passengers who book a return flight any routes to / from Bournemouth before midnight Thursday will receive a free bonus return flight, no taxes, no fees, and no charges on a choice of over 200 routes. We advise passengers to snap up their free bonus flights today by booking now on www.ryanair.com”.
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French court orders Ryanair to pay presidential couple over ad
5 February 2008

PARIS (AP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, won a lawsuit against Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, which was ordered to pay a total of $88,975 for an advertisement featuring a photo of the couple.

Sarkozy and Bruni filed separate lawsuits that were heard together in a court session in Paris, seeking damages for Ryanair's use of the image for commercial purposes without permission.

Sarkozy asked for a symbolic one euro - the equivalent of $1.47 -- in damages, which the court granted. The court ordered Ryanair to pay Bruni $88,974, less than the $741,450 she had sought.

Ryanair's lawyer, Francis Teitgein, said it was too early to say whether the company would appeal the decision. If the company does not appeal, it will pay Bruni the damages.

The advertisement, which appeared in Le Parisien newspaper on Jan. 28, shows Sarkozy and Bruni gazing skyward, with a think bubble over Bruni's head reading, "With Ryanair, my whole family will be able to attend my wedding."

Sarkozy and Bruni, a longtime model, were married on Saturday.
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EasyJet maintains robust outlook
8 February 2008
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EasyJet, the UK's leading low-cost airline, has maintained its forecast for a 20 per cent increase in underlying pre-tax profits in its financial year to the end of September, in stark contrast to the profit warning issued this week by rival Ryanair.

The Irish carrier, the largest no-frills airline in Europe measured by passenger numbers, had warned that higher oil prices, weakening consumer sentiment and the strong risk of recession could lead to a sharp decline in its profits in the year to March 2009 - possibly by as much as 50 per cent.

However, EasyJet said its total revenues per seat had risen "ahead of expectations" by 0.5 per cent in its first quarter from October to December, helped by the strength of the euro and the introduction of charges for checked-in baggage.

Revenues for the current second quarter were also expected "to continue to perform ahead of our original expectations", it said.

Forward bookings were "in line with expectations in spite of the uncertain macroeconomic environment".

The carrier derives a significant proportion of its revenues in euros and the group said that most of its growth in passenger numbers in the first three months was achieved through its development of markets in continental Europe, in particular Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

As a result of the investment in these new operating bases total non-UK originating passengers increased 22 per cent in the period. UK-originating passenger numbers rose just 5 per cent.

The airline flew with slightly more empty seats in the first quarter from October to December, with a deterioration in the load factor year-on-year from 81.7 to 80.8 per cent.

The trend accelerated in January with a decline of 2.9 percentage points from 74.9 to 72 per cent.

However, EasyJet said its forward bookings for February and March showed "an improving trend" and it expected only a slight decline in loads for the second quarter, similar to the fall in the first three months. It has cut its lead-in fares to stimulate more traffic.

Rising ancillary revenues, including the baggage charges and commission earnings from areas such as hotel bookings, car hire and travel insurance, are driving the revenue performance.

While total revenues per seat rose 0.5 per cent in the first quarter, passenger revenues per seat fell 4 per cent due to weaker fare levels, but ancillary revenues per seat including bag charges jumped 42.6 per cent.

Overall in the first quarter turnover increased 14.1 per cent to Pounds 418m (Dollars 812m), passenger numbers rose 12.4 per cent to 9.1m, while capacity measured by the number of seats rose 13.6 per cent.

EasyJet shares closed 4.91 per cent lower at 426 1/4p.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to December 2007:
EasyJet = 38,234,700
Ryanair = 49,030,000

Percentage increase in passengers since December 2006:
EasyJet = 13.5%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in December 2007:
EasyJet = 83.5%
Ryanair = 82%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to January 2008:
EasyJet = 38,422,844
Ryanair = 49,580,000

Percentage increase in passengers since January 2007:
EasyJet = 13.2%
Ryanair = 17%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in January 2008:
EasyJet = 83.1%
Ryanair = 82%
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