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Old November 16th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #1541
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FACTBOX-Easyjet fleet and plane orders

Nov 14 (Reuters) - Low-cost airline Easyjet has disclosed a top management row over the pace of aircraft orders, with founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou upping his stake and demanding the appointment of two non-executive directors and a more cautious strategy.

Here are details of the Easyjet planes in operation and unfilled orders totalling $7.5 billion at current list prices.

EasyJet initially flew Boeings then diversified to Airbus.

(Source: Airbus order book end-Oct 2008, Easyjet)

Airbus A319 -----------

Seats: 124

Current list price: $70.3 million

Range: 3,660 nautical miles (6,800 km)

Aircraft operated: 122

On order: 80 worth $5.6 billion at current list price

Airbus A320

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Seats: 150

Current list price: $76.9 million

Range: 3,060 nm (5,700 km)

Aircraft operated: 9

On order: 25 worth $1.9 billion at current list price

Airbus A321

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Seats: 185

Current list price: $90.3 million

Range: 3,030 nm (5,600 km)

Aircraft operated: 7 On order: None

Boeing 737-700

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Seats: 126

Current list price: $57-68 million

Range: 3,365 nm (6,230 km)

Aircraft operated: 30

On order: None
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Old November 16th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #1542
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to September 2008:
EasyJet = 43,659,478
Ryanair = 56,000,000

Percentage increase in passengers since September 2007:
EasyJet = 22.1%
Ryanair = 20%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in September 2008:
EasyJet = 84.1%
Ryanair = 84%


They seem to have a combined total of about 100m now. Unfortunately Ryanair's quoted passenger figures have become slightly less precise than before. They now round to the nearest million. I'm not sure what Southwest's figures are right now (though for 2007 they were just shy of 102 million - the largest airline in the world by total pax) but the combination of Ryanair and EasyJet must be closing in on Southwest's total and could overtake that of the US lowcost giant in the coming months.
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to October 2008:
EasyJet = 44,273,756
Ryanair = 56,800,000

Percentage increase in passengers since October 2007:
EasyJet = 18.4%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in October 2008:
EasyJet = 84.2%
Ryanair = 85%


They've gone past the 101 million combined total now.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #1543
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Flybe soars into the lead in Sunday Times top track 250
Flybe, Europe’s largest and most successful regional airline, has been recognised as the biggest mid-market private company in Britain according to the latest Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table.

The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table lists Britain’s biggest mid-market private
companies by sales and Flybe, ranked number one, fended off household names such as Harrods, Dyson and Manchester United FC.

With global airline losses forecast to exceed $5bn* this year and with many industry players struggling in light of the current economic instability, Flybe continues to go from strength to strength, recording pre-tax earnings of £12.2 million for the first quarter of this year (April – June 2008), an increase of 14% on last year.

Mike Rutter, Chief Commercial Officer for Flybe commented: “To be recognised as the number one mid-market private company in the country is a huge testament to the hard work and commitment of all our staff. The significant developments we have made in the last 18 months have created and maintained a thriving and profitable airline.

“In the first quarter’s trading of this year, both revenues and operating profits were significantly higher than in the same period last year for Flybe. The Top Track 250 achievement is recognition of our long-term strategy, focussed management actions and successful business model .”
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^"largest regional airline

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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #1545
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easyJet: Too Late To Defer Aircraft For 2009 - CEO
18 November 2008

LONDON (Dow Jones)--easyJet's PLC (EZJ.LN) chief executive officer Tuesday said it had valuable flexibility with its Airbus contracts and could defer the delivery of aircraft for two years.

Andy Harrison, easyJet's CEO said it was too late to delay delivery for 2009 but the company had delayed delivery of four aircraft due in 2010.

Harrison said the flexibility of its contract with Airbus allowed the budget carrier to review its orders on a quarterly basis.

The company plans to have a total fleet of 172 aircraft by Sept. 30 next year provided those held for sale are actually sold, growing to 187 aircraft by Sept. 2010 and 197 by 2011.

Harrison said it was in talks with various parties to sell the GB Airways' aircraft. He said he hoped Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyJet's founder's comments about its market value wouldn't concern possible buyers.

Earlier Tuesday the budget airline posted a 45% drop in fiscal full-year pretax profit, supporting founder Haji-Ioannou's calls to rein in its growth strategy.

Friday Haji-Ioannou called for the airline restrict plane orders and start paying a dividend.

At 0910 GMT shares were down 42.3 pence, or 15.3%, at 234.25 pence.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 06:07 PM   #1546
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2nd UPDATE: EasyJet FY Earnings Drop; Details Stelios Rift
18 November 2008

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Shares of easyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) Tuesday plunged 17% after the budget carrier posted a 45% drop in fiscal year pretax profit and disclosed that founder and director Stelios Haji-Ioannou hadn't approved the accounts.

In a statement attached to its final results, Haji-Ioannou said he was "concerned about the application of certain of the accounting policies adopted by the board in a way that I believe is at odds with current commercial realities and the macro-economic climate."

Haji-Ioannou, who Friday raised his stake in the airline to 27% from 15.6%, said that these issues included the value of aircraft owned by recently acquired GB Airways that he believes should be written down, the value of landing slots at London's Gatwick Airport and easyJet's dividend policy.

Haji-Ioannou again called for the company to pay a dividend by 2011 "if the markets and the liquidity of the company allow."

EasyJet Chief Executive Andy Harrison told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview it was premature to consider a dividend for 2011 but added, "We are not against paying a dividend provided we are sufficiently profitable."

The company has GBP863 million of cash and money market deposits on its balance sheet, which excludes restricted cash of GBP66 million.

Finance Director Jeff Carr said the GB Airways' aircraft had already been written down to market value in dollars terms. He said the company now accounts for the value of the aircraft in sterling, and that the market value of the planes "is significantly higher" than that stated in the accounts.

EasyJet added it hoped that Haji-Ioannou's comments would not disrupt negotiations to sell the aircraft.

The growing row between Haji-Ioannou and easyJet overshadowed the company's earnings.

Higher oil prices in the first half dragged down the airline's pretax profit for the 12 months to Sept. 30 to GBP110.2 million from GBP201.9 million a year ago. Net profit for the year fell 45% to GBP83.2 million from GBP152.3 million last year.

Its annual fuel bill rose 66.6% to GBP708.7 million.

Revenue per seat climbed 12.6% to GBP45.51, boosted by the GB Airways acquisition and improved ancillary revenue performance. With 40% of the company's revenue denominated in euros, the strong euro helped boost full-year revenue to GBP2.4 billion from GBP1.8 billion last year.

"Our winter bookings for the first quarter of 2009 are slightly ahead of last year, which is partly a reflection of the reduction in competitive capacity on our routes and partly our own decision to restrict our growth in seats flown," Harrison said.

Given tough economic conditions, "easyJet is planning accordingly, which means focusing on offering customers great value, driving down controllable costs and preserving cash," he added.

Panmure Gordon analyst Gert Zonneveld said the results were slightly ahead of expectations, but added, "The outlook for the year remains very difficult and uncertain."

At 1047 GMT, easyJet's shares traded down 47.5 pence, or 17.2%, at 229 pence in a broadly weaker London market.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #1547
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Ryanair Says UK Passenger Tax Rise To Hit Tourism
25 November 2008

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYA.DB) Tuesday slammed the U.K. government's decision to raise air passenger tax, saying it will devastate U.K. tourism and threaten the viability of some of the regional airports that Ryanair uses as analysts warned airline profits will be hit.

The U.K. government Monday announced that the air passenger duty will be split into four bands, with those traveling further paying proportionally more tax. From Nov. 1, 2009, someone traveling no further than 2,000 miles from the U.K. will pay GBP11, rising to GBP12 a year later. In the highest band, for those traveling over 6,000 miles, the tax will be GBP55, rising to GBP85. Business and first class passengers will pay even more. Currently, short-haul passengers pay about GBP10 and long-haul about GBP40.

"Ryanair highlighted that its average fare during the winter at regional airports is just GBP10 with Ryanair absorbing the current GBP10 tax. However, Ryanair warned that it will be unable to continue to absorb taxes which continue to increase the cost of air travel," the airline said in a statement.

Europe's biggest low-cost carrier, which mainly flies short-haul European routes, said it will now start talking to the regional airports it operates from about "the future viability of passenger traffic and growth in light of this increased cost." It has been able to keep ticket prices down by using smaller regional airports where charges are lower.

"The government is insane if it thinks these price sensitive passengers will continue to travel if faced with increased costs," Ryanair Deputy Chief Executive Michael Cawley said.

Broker Collins Stewart agreed, saying that Ryanair and low-cost rival easyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) will likely have to absorb the tax increases because their passengers are price-sensitive. It said it is more difficult to calculate the impact on British Airways PLC (BAY.LN) because its passengers, which include a higher proportion of business and first-class travelers, are less price-sensitive.

"Set against average fares for easyJet and Ryanair of around GBP46 and GBP35, respectively, the increases don't sound like much; probably around a 1% yield hit if we assume around 40% of their traffic is U.K. departing. However, 1% off yields represents as much as 30% off our annualized pretax profit forecast for easyJet to September 2010 and 10% off Ryanair to March 2010," Collins Stewart said.

The airline industry has been suffering globally this year, hit first by record fuel prices and then by falling traffic as the economic downturn kicked in. Profits have tumbled and airlines have been forced to trim capacity plans for this winter and next summer due to the declining traffic.

But the U.K. government is caught between its acceptance that it needs to support the air industry to secure the U.K.'s economic competitiveness in the future and the need to control the environmental impact of air travel.

The government had been considering replacing the passenger duty with a tax on each plane taking off and landing, but Chancellor Alistair Darling on Monday said he had decided not to proceed with that change because of the disruption and costs involved. He said the new four-band passenger duty would send out the desired environmental message.

However, in typically vocal fashion, Ryanair also slammed the government's claim that the passenger duty was helping the environment.

"Ryanair pointed out that the tax fails to reward airlines, such as Ryanair, which invest in brand new aircraft and operate younger, cleaner, more environmentally friendly aircraft," it said, adding that "not one penny of the tax has done anything to address environmental issues."
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Ryanair makes new, half-price bid for Aer Lingus

DUBLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Ryanair revived its tense courtship of Irish rival Aer Lingus on Monday, bidding 750 million euros ($970 million) or just half of what it offered two years ago in an approach thwarted by European regulators.

The European Commission rejected Ryanair's 2006 offer on the grounds it would create a near-monopoly in European flights out of Dublin.

This time, analysts believe a recent spate of airline mergers means the chances of success are greater, even if a takeover would still prove highly contentious in Ireland. Ryanair, which already owns 29.82 percent of Aer Lingus, said the all-cash offer at 1.40 euros per share represented a 28 percent premium over the average closing price for Aer Lingus shares in the 30 days to Nov. 28, 2008.

Aer Lingus, which strongly opposed the last approach from its neighbour at Dublin Airport, said shareholders should take no action pending further announcements by the company.

The European Commission declined to comment.

By 1345 GMT, in London, shares in Aer Lingus were trading 14.3 percent higher at 1.28 euros, below a session high of 1.36 euros. Ryanair's shares traded 2 percent lower at 2.87 euros, while the wider Irish market was 0.5 percent higher.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the economic and regulatory environment had changed markedly since Ryanair's last move on Aer Lingus was blocked by regulators.

"It (Aer Lingus) is increasingly viewed as a small, peripheral airline that has been bypassed by EU consolidation," he told broadcaster CNBC.

The takeover would create a fourth major European airline group after the creation of Air France-KLM, Lufthansa's buy of Swiss and British Airways' planned tie-up with Iberia, Ryanair said.

FIFTY PERCENT CHANCE

For its latest bid to succeed, Ryanair would also have to overcome opposition from the Irish government and Aer Lingus employees, who respectively own 25 and 14 percent in the airline and rejected Ryanair's last offer.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said he would evaluate the offer once Aer Lingus's board had received a formal bid, adding that the government had been holding a "strategic" stake in Aer Lingus partly to prevent hostile bids.

"There is no restriction ... shares can be bought and sold," Dempsey added.

O'Leary said he believed Aer Lingus staff would be more receptive this time given recent job losses at the airline. But the IMPACT union representing Aer Lingus cabin crew and pilots said it had major concerns over jobs prospects and competition.

"It is unlikely on this occasion that the response from Aer Lingus staff would be any different," IMPACT said.

Ryanair said that it would double the size of Aer Lingus's short-haul fleet to 66 over the next five years, creating 1,000 new jobs at the former state airline, which it would keep as a separate brand.

Trade union SIPTU described the offer as "mischief making" by an airline intent on creating a monopoly but analysts at Numis Securities said they believed recent mergers in the sector may have changed the regulatory environment in Ryanair's favour.

"The timing of the bid is interesting given the risk to profitability as recession risks strengthen and the consumer environment deteriorated rapidly in both Ireland and the UK," Numis said in a note.

Analysts at RBS said they believed Ryanair's latest approach would be rejected by Aer Lingus management and that other stakeholders minded to accept would want more money but that it still stood a "notably higher chance of success".

"At this stage we would give the bid 50 percent chance of succeeding -- well up on last time," RBS said.

Ryanair's lower costs and bigger cash reserves have allowed it to cut fares and grow capacity as rivals struggle to cope with recession and volatile fuel prices. Aer Lingus has already announced plans to cut costs, which are up to twice Ryanair's per seat, to stem losses and safeguard its independence.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #1549
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Govt more open to Ryanair's Aer Lingus bid -report

DUBLIN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Irish government opposition is weakening to Ryanair's 750 million euro ($952 million) bid for former state airline Aer Lingus, the Sunday Tribune newspaper reported.

The government, which owns more than 25 percent of the loss-making flag carrier, opposed Ryanair's 2006 bid for Aer Lingus, which was blocked by the European Union on competition grounds.

There is now "an awful lot less opposition" to the bid, the Sunday Tribune quoted senior government figures as saying.

A spokeswoman for the transport ministry said it would not comment until Ryanair submits its formal bid for Aer Lingus. Europe's biggest budget airline said on Thursday it would publish the formal bid within the next two weeks.

"There has been a sea-change in attitude from two years ago," the newspaper quoted the unnamed government sources as saying.

"I wouldn't put it at 50-50 that the government will endorse the deal. It's more like 35-65. But two years ago it was 99-1 (against)," one senior figure told the Sunday Tribune.

Ryanair, which already owns almost 30 percent of Aer Lingus, has offered 1.4 euros for each Aer Lingus share it did not own, half the price of its previous bid in 2006.

On Thursday, it also offered to recognise unions at Aer Lingus, to create 1,000 jobs and to give government full control over Aer Lingus's valuable landing slots at London's Heathrow airport.

Aer Lingus's board said it would fight vigorously to defend the company's independence and added that it expected investors to support it.

Employees hold more than 14 percent in Aer Lingus, and a separate report by the Sunday Independent newspaper said Ryanair would try to convince pilots to back the deal.

Ryanair will this week offer to recognise the Irish Airline Pilots' Association if the union pledges its entire pension fund stake in Aer Lingus to back the bid, the newspaper said.

Unions representing Aer Lingus workers have already dismissed Ryanair's offer of recognition.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has said he would keep the two airlines separate and has characterised his offer as a lifeline for Aer Lingus, which is expected to report operating losses this year and next due to a deepening recession.

"We're the white knight here," O'Leary told the Sunday Independent. "We're the only solution the government and Aer Lingus have to securing Aer Lingus' future."
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to October 2008:
EasyJet = 44,273,756
Ryanair = 56,800,000

Percentage increase in passengers since October 2007:
EasyJet = 18.4%
Ryanair = 18%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in October 2008:
EasyJet = 84.2%
Ryanair = 85%


They've gone past the 101 million combined total now.
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2008:
EasyJet = 44,371,449
Ryanair = 57,300,000

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2007:
EasyJet = 16.8%
Ryanair = 11%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2008:
EasyJet = 83.9%
Ryanair = 81.5%


Approximately 102 million combined total now. This is equal to Southwest's 2007 figure. Interestingly both airlines have seen their load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) increase since the same time last year - not bad a for a recession! They must also be enjoying the newly low oil prices. EasyJet's growth rate has also overtaken that of Ryanair for the first time in ages.
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Didn't ryanair secure tons of oil at the super high prices?
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Ryanair wins Belgian state aid appeal

LUXEMBOURG, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court on Wednesday upheld a challenge by Ryanair against a European Commission move to block aid the Irish low-cost airline received from Belgium's Wallonia region and Charleroi airport.

Ryanair hailed the decision as a victory for efforts by small, regional airports to compete with bigger hubs. The Commission, executive arm of the 27-country European Union, said it would study the ruling before announcing subsequent steps.

"Today's decision now clarifies that the low cost airports model works and does not involve state aid," a Ryanair statement said, urging the Commission to dismiss complaints against other small airports from Bratislava to Tampere.

The Commission labelled as illegal an agreement under which Wallonia granted Ryanair a reduction of some 50 percent on landing charges and undertook to compensate the airline for losses from any subsequent change in airport fees.

Ryanair had also agreed to base between two and four aircraft at Charleroi airport, south of Brussels, and operate at least three rotations a day per aircraft in return for the airport agreeing to contribute to costs.

The Court of First Instance in Luxembourg concluded the Commission was wrong to examine the two agreements separately. The fixing of landing charges is connected with the management of airport infrastructure -- a simple "economic activity", the court said.

"The airport charges fixed by the Walloon region must be regarded as consideration for services rendered at Charleroi airport," it concluded.

EARLY MEETING

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told Reuters the decision helped level the playing field for airlines in Europe and would lead to growth and new employment in the low-cost network.

"We'd like to use this as an opportunity to mend fences and improve our relationship with the Commission," he added. "We're looking for an early meeting with the Commission."

A Commission spokeswoman said the Brussels executive was studying the ruling but argued the court had "looked at the methodology of the Commission approach rather than commenting on substance".

"As far as we see it, this judgment does not have an immediate impact on the other cases," she said of cases relating to nine other airports.

But O'Leary promised more aircraft at Charleroi and said that if Ryanair was successful in its hostile bid for Irish rival Aer Lingus, the combined group might even open an Aer Lingus base at Brussels' Zaventem airport.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2008:Approximately 102 million combined total now. This is equal to Southwest's 2007 figure. Interestingly both airlines have seen their load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) increase since the same time last year - not bad a for a recession! They must also be enjoying the newly low oil prices. EasyJet's growth rate has also overtaken that of Ryanair for the first time in ages.
Actually it makes sense that they increase their load factor. People tend to choose the lower fares in a recession, so the low cost carriers experience a boost in business relative to their competitors.
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Easyjet to fly to Larnaca from Gatwick next year
18 December 2008
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EasyJet is to start flights to Larnaca next year with fares starting from as little as £30 sterling one-way, the low-cost airline has announced.

The airline, founded by Cypriot tycoon Stelios Hadjiioanou, announced that four new routes would be added in 2009 from London Gatwick.

With Larnaca, the other routes are Dubrovnik, Naples and Santorini.

EasyJet has been flying to Paphos since earlier this year when it took over British Airways subsidiary GB Airways.

In a bold move at a time of cutbacks and recession, the development could be just the boost Cyprus’ tourism industry was hoping for with the projections for the sector looking gloomy for 2009.

David Osborne, easyJet’s regional general manager for the UK, said: "easyJet has grown dramatically at London Gatwick over the last few years, by offering its familiar combination of low-fares with care and convenience. With our summer 2009 flights also now on sale there has never been a better time to make sure you book summer early and save big!"

With these new routes, the number of easyJet destinations from London Gatwick now totals 71. The London Gatwick to Larnaca flights will begin on March 31 2009, according the airline’s website, and will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. One-way fares including taxes and charges will be starting from £30.99. Flights to Santorini will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with fares starting from £36.99.
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Ryanair Carries 4.37M Passengers In December
6 January 2009

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ryanair said Tuesday that it carried 4.37 million passengers in December compared with 3.95 million in December 2007, a rise of 11%.

For the 12 months to Dec 31, the company said carried 57.7 million passengers.

December 2008 load factor, the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers, was 79% compared with 79%, and 81.5% for the rolling 12 months.
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I flew with Ryanair in december Why are you posting articles out of newspapers here all the time? A bit boring to read all those articles
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I flew with Ryanair in december Why are you posting articles out of newspapers here all the time? A bit boring to read all those articles
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Okay That's more clear I think
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Ryanair holds talks on Niagara Falls service-paper

DUBLIN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest budget airline Ryanair has held talks with officials from Niagara Falls airport with a view to launching a transatlantic service from Dublin, the Irish Examiner reported on Monday. The report did not cite sources.

"Ryanair meets with lots of airports and at their request we met them," a Ryanair spokeswoman said, without giving further details.

The Irish Examiner quoted Gregory Stamm, chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority as saying after the meeting there was "a market on both ends for these charters".

"It's a matter of how this would fit into Ryanair's expansion plans," Stamm was quoted as saying.

NFTA's website says the body was aiming to attract low fare airlines to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is situated close to the Niagara Falls tourist spot and to Canada.

Ryanair has said in the past it was interested in setting up a no-frills transatlantic airline, which would be a stand-alone operation.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to November 2008:
EasyJet = 44,371,449
Ryanair = 57,300,000

Percentage increase in passengers since November 2007:
EasyJet = 16.8%
Ryanair = 11%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in November 2008:
EasyJet = 83.9%
Ryanair = 81.5%


Approximately 102 million combined total now. This is equal to Southwest's 2007 figure. Interestingly both airlines have seen their load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) increase since the same time last year - not bad a for a recession! They must also be enjoying the newly low oil prices. EasyJet's growth rate has also overtaken that of Ryanair for the first time in ages.
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to December 2008:
EasyJet = 44,583,476
Ryanair = 57,700,000

Percentage increase in passengers since December 2007:
EasyJet = 16.6%
Ryanair = 11%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in December 2008:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 81.5%
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