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Old January 19th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #1561
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O'Leary fixes top price for shares at €2 in Aer Lingus takeover bid
17 January 2009
Irish Independent

RYANAIR is open to upping its Aer Lingus bid by a "small amount" but will definitely not be paying more than €2 a share, chief executive Michael O'Leary said yesterday.

His surprisingly frank share price comments came after two broker reports said Ryanair's €1.40 a share offer was far too low and suggested a bid between €2 and €2.67 would be more realistic.

Ryanair was less frank later in the day, however, when a spokeswoman declined to comment on Aer Lingus' demand that it outline exactly how it plans to get the takeover through competition authorities in Brussels.

Dismissing the mooted share price figures as "absolutely pie in the sky", Mr O'Leary told an early morning journalists' briefing that he was "quite happy to confirm today that Ryanair will not be increasing its offer at any stage in this process to any figure that begins with a 2".

The legally-binding commitment not to raise the offer above the €2 mark is understood to have come as a surprise to even Ryanair's own advisers, who merely expected Mr O'Leary to trash the figures in the reports.

"To come out and say he won't go above €2 is something he really didn't have to do at this point in the game," said one market observer, who is not connected to the game.

"The Government is still deciding what to do and now he's given them an easy out, they can say that anything under €2 isn't good value and he is now legally precluded from going above €2."

Others, however, argued that there was no harm in telling investors Ryanair won't go above €2 if that was always Ryanair's strategic position.

"He's saying he won't do the deal at any price, if that really is his position then him saying it doesn't damage anything," one pointed out.

Ryanair also used the briefing to hammer home the point that "shareholders are running out of road here" since the bid process will time-out on February 13.

Aside from the offer deadline, February 13 is also when Ryanair will find out if the deal has received clearance from the European Commission (EC) after its initial "Phase One" probe.

If the deal isn't cleared, Ryanair must then decide whether to pursue the bid in a lengthy "Phase Two" probe -- Mr O'Leary yesterday said he wouldn't take this step unless he already had "significant prior support" from shareholders.

Ryanair's comments were followed later in the day by a stock exchange announcement from Aer Lingus, clarifying the former national airline's position on whether the bid could get past competition authorities.

Aer Lingus had previously said the bid was "not capable of completion", prompting a complaint from Ryanair to the Takeover Panel.

The airline yesterday said the offending comment was the opinion of one executive, while Aer Lingus' corporate position is that the offer is "unlikely to be capable of completion".

Aer Lingus also called on Ryanair to give all shareholders details of how the competition issues would be overcome. A spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Ryanair would be prepared to do this.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #1562
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Ryanair says scrapping Aer Lingus takeover bid
28 January 2009
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Irish no-frills airline Ryanair on Wednesday officially withdrew its one-billion-dollar (748-million-euro) takeover bid for rival airline Aer Lingus after admitting defeat last week.

The Irish government, which owns a 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus, rejected the bid last Thursday, arguing that it greatly undervalued the carrier.

"Ryanair confirms that following the Irish government's decision not to accept its all cash offer of 1.40 euros per share, Ryanair acknowledges that its offer cannot now be successful and accordingly the offer is now withdrawn," the group said in an official statement.

Aer Lingus management had urged shareholders not to back the takeover when it was launched before Christmas.

Ryanair's bid was worth only half the 1.48 billion euros the low-budget carrier had offered for Aer Lingus in an unsuccessful takeover attempt in October 2006.

The failed 2006 offer was also strongly opposed by major Aer Lingus shareholders, including the government, company employees, pilots and their pension fund. It was ultimately blocked by EU anti-competition regulators.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:46 PM   #1563
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Ryanair now Number 1 in Poland
Ryanair usurps LOT as leading international carrier; regional airports now handle more than 50% of all Polish traffic.

Since anna.aero first analysed Poland’s air travel market there have been several significant developments. Passenger numbers across Poland’s top six airports grew by 23.8% in 2007 but slowed to a relatively modest 7.1% in 2008. The top six airports at Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan handled almost 20 million passengers last year. In 2003, the year before Poland gained EU member status, it was less than seven million.

In 2000 Warsaw handled just over three-quarters of all Poland’s air passengers but in 2008 this share fell to less than half. While Warsaw airport has grown to handle almost 10 million passengers, Poland’s regional airports have grown faster in percentage terms and now handle over half of all Polish air traffic.

For the first time ever, in 2008 Warsaw was not the fastest-growing Polish airport in terms of additional passengers. Its passenger numbers grew by less than 200,000 – a figure beaten by four other airports. Katowice’s growth of 21.6% last year resulted in over 400,000 additional passengers. While five of Poland’s six biggest airports grew in 2008, Krakow airport saw passenger numbers decline by just under 5%, primarily due to SkyEurope withdrawing nearly all of its services (to some 18 destinations) at the end of the summer 2007 season.

A year-on-year comparison reveals that LOT is no longer the leading provider of international seat capacity to and from Poland. In February 2008 it offered over 48,000 weekly departing seats on international routes plus an additional 17,000 seats provided by its in-house LCC Centralwings. However, Centralwings has since been closed down and LOT’s capacity has been cut by 15%.

This has enabled Ryanair, which has increased its seat capacity in the Polish market by 45% in the last year, to take the lead. It now offers 67 international routes from nine Polish airports (but not Warsaw). Even Wizz Air, despite a 5% reduction in Polish capacity, offers 59 international routes and has also overtaken LOT in terms of seat capacity. LOT currently offers 53 international routes of which 40 are from Warsaw.

A year ago easyJet had been operating 16 routes to and from Poland, 14 of them from the UK. This year it has cut back to just nine routes with seven of them from the UK. The axed routes comprise of four routes from Gdansk, the Warsaw to Bristol route and links from Krakow to Bournemouth and Newcastle.

Since last February, 20% of seat capacity has been removed from both the UK and Irish markets. The Austrian, Danish and French markets are also down around 20%. Capacity to/from Germany is virtually unchanged, while Italian capacity is up 10%. Belgium is up 14% but the fastest growing major markets are Norway (+17%) and Sweden (+19%). Overall capacity on all international routes is down around 11%.

In the domestic market capacity has also been reduced by 12% with LOT cutting its weekly flights by almost 20% from 524 to 422. However, Jet Air has increased its presence in the market by tripling its flights from 18 per week to 54 and doubling its network size to four routes. Despite this LOT still has an impressive 96% of the domestic market in terms of seat capacity.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #1564
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Ryanair in order talks for 400 jets with Boeing and Airbus
3 February 2009
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Airbus and Boeing to contest contracts

Irish carrier seeking to exploit downturn


Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, is in early talks with Boeing and Airbus about an order for 300-400 short-haul jets, one of the biggest purchases of new aircraft.

Michael Cawley, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer for Ryanair, said he expected the group to place the order within 24 months to take advantage of the weakening commercial aerospace market.

The Irish carrier is seeking to repeat its coup of six years ago, when it ordered 100 aircraft and another 50 options in January 2002, close to the bottom of the last aviation recession.

It was the biggest order Boeing had received for its 737 jets. Ryan-air secured one of the largest discounts agreed by the US aircraft maker, which was desperate for orders.

Both Boeing and Airbus have said they expect orders to plunge this year to about a quarter of the peak combined industry level of more than 2,800 orders in 2007.

Ryanair has a single type fleet of 181 Boeing 737-800s. That is due to rise to 292 by March 2012 based on existing firm orders. It recently exercised options for 13 more jets for delivery in 2011 and has 10 options remaining.

It is halfway through a plan to double its fleet and passenger numbers between 2007 and 2012. Passenger volumes are scheduled to grow from 43m in the year to March 2007 to 87m in the year to March 2012, when Ryanair will have become the biggest short-haul carrier in Europe.

The potential order will trigger a fierce contest between Boeing and Airbus. Mr Cawley said that, given the airline's size, the group would be happy to move to a mixed Airbus/Boeing fleet.

In the last downturn EasyJet wrung big price concessions out of Airbus to switch from an all-Boeing fleet. The strategies of Ryanair and EasyJet are diverging sharply, however.

EasyJet, the leading UK low-cost airline, is seeking to slow its growth and has clauses in its Airbus contract to defer half its deliveries up to two years.
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Ryanair swings to Q3 loss, sees full-year profit

DUBLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Irish airline Ryanair on Monday posted a 101.5 million euro ($130.4 million) third-quarter net loss and said it would make a profit in both its 2008/09 and 2009/10 financial years.

The net loss for the three months to the end of December compared with a 35 million euro profit a year earlier and a forecast for a 106.8 million euro loss before exceptional items according to the average of two analysts on Reuters Estimates.

"The 38 percent reduction in oil prices which our fuel hedging has secured will ensure that Ryanair returns to substantial profitability next year, when many of our competitors will be reporting losses," Europe's largest low-cost carrier said.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #1566
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Ryanair aims to eclipse SAS in Denmark: report
9 February 2009
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The head of Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said Monday his company aimed to eclipse SAS with flights from Copenhagen, one of the Scandinavian airline's main hubs, "within two to three years."

"We are in discussions with Copenhagen (airport) regarding the possibility of starting with 10 planes. We could easily get up to 10 million passengers within two to three years because we are the only airline that will receive 50 new planes within the next four years," chief executive Michael O'Leary told the Jyllands-Posten daily.

Ryanair, which so far has no flights through Copenhagen, has asked the airport to guarantee a rapid rotation, allowing its planes to land, empty, re-load and take off again within a maximum of 25 minutes.

"If we get that (guarantee), we could get started this summer. But that's up to Copenhagen airport, not us," O'Leary said.

An airport spokesman told AFP that Ryanair so far had not filed a formal request and that the airport was simply "in dialogue" with the Irish company, as with a number of other airlines.

"I believe firmly that it's possible for Ryanair to achieve 10 million passengers within a few years," airport chief Brian Petersen told Jyllands-Posten.

"We will do everything in our power that is not illegal and that will not harm the airport to be attractive to Ryanair, as for other companies," he added.

SAS currently holds the top ranking at Denmark's largest airport, counting 9.4 million passengers flying in or out of the hub last year.

The beleaguered Scandinavian carrier announced disastrous fourth quarter and full-year 2008 results last week, saying it would refocus on business travelers as it lays off thousands of employees, sells subsidiaries and cuts 40 percent of its routes.

Denmark's airline market was also shaken up last October when Danish low-cost carrier Sterling went belly-up overnight, leaving a void that SAS and low-cost airline Norwegian scrambled to fill.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #1567
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Ryanair threatens to cut Dublin jobs over new tax
12 February 2009

DUBLIN (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair on Thursday threatened to cut 200 jobs in Dublin if the Irish government imposes a new tax on outbound flights from Ireland's airports next month.

The carrier said traffic through Dublin Airport, the nation's busiest, was down 9 percent compared to last year, and said it believed that decline would "accelerate on 30th March next when the Irish government's idiotic euro10 ($12.80) tourist tax is introduced."

Ryanair said it was prepared to cut the number of aircraft based in Dublin from 22 to 18.

"The staff affected by today's announcement will be offered a relocation with the aircraft in question," the airline said.

Ryanair has more than 6,000 employees.

"These cuts can and will be reversed if the government's suicidal euro10 tourism tax is reversed on or before 30th March," said Michael O'Leary, the airline's chief executive.

"This travel tax has already failed in the U.K. and Dutch markets, where they caused traffic declines and sadly the Irish government's tourist tax is doomed to a similar failure. This government must realize you can only promote tourism by welcoming visitors, not taxing them," O'Leary added.
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Old February 14th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #1568
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"This travel tax has already failed in the U.K. and Dutch markets, where they caused traffic declines and sadly the Irish government's tourist tax is doomed to a similar failure. This government must realize you can only promote tourism by welcoming visitors, not taxing them," O'Leary added.
I agree with this.

My local airport (Valencia) just had its Ryanair base closed because our local government did not help/welcome Ryanair.

Ireland should be very careful.
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I like O'leary in his way of fighting for his company. Put him in another company or at government of any country or even Europe, it would run much effectively than today. Maybe it is his plan for retirement
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Old February 15th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #1571
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Airports say Ryanair policy hurting their sales
4 February 2009

BRUSSELS (AP) - Airports complained Wednesday that Ryanair's new rule limiting passengers to one carryon bag will discourage airport shopping and hurt their revenues.

The European branch of Airports Council International, which represents some 440 members in Europe, said airlines "need to appreciate" that airports make at least half their income from retail sales and that this allows them charge below-cost landing fees.

Europe's biggest low-fare airline, Ryanair Holdings PLC, said passengers were free to shop at the airport as long as their purchases fit into one 22-pound (10-kilogram) carryon bag.

It also said airports had plenty of room to cut costs by operating more efficiently.

"Passengers have no interest in airport shopping," Ryanair said. "They simply want to get through airport terminals and onto their aircraft with the shortest possible queuing time and inconvenience."

The airports did not say how much they expected to lose in sales from Ryanair's new rule, which went into force on Sunday.

Ryanair said it will charge passengers euro30 ($39) if they bring more than one handbag, briefcase or laptop bag on board.

Passenger traffic is falling worldwide as a global downturn forces people to cut back on travel. The worldwide office of ACI in Geneva estimates European passenger traffic in December fell by 6.5 percent compared with the same month in 2007.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #1572
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I agree, here, there must be a compromise to find... Airports must live too... We wait for several hours or minutes to get onboard... A little shopping is sometimes welcome (although prices are higer than usual).
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I agree, here, there must be a compromise to find... Airports must live too... We wait for several hours or minutes to get onboard... A little shopping is sometimes welcome (although prices are higer than usual).
sí, I agee, but Ryanair do not compromise. If Ryanair dont get there own way at "Airport A" they will just axe flights/routes and move to another nearby airport.

There for its a lose lose situation for the airport operators.
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sí, I agee, but Ryanair do not compromise. If Ryanair dont get there own way at "Airport A" they will just axe flights/routes and move to another nearby airport.

There for its a lose lose situation for the airport operators.
I know, they are sharks in some ways, but they are sticking to their strategy ad business plan. And they revived plenty of areas that were "lost". Imagine all tourism now in Carcassonne, Lourdes, Malta, Charleroi Airport, the first base of Ryanair in continental Europe has opened now a brand new airport. Not thinkable 20 years from now where only the biggest airports were ruling!

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I know, they are sharks in some ways, but they are sticking to their strategy ad business plan. And they revived plenty of areas that were "lost". Imagine all tourism now in Carcassonne, Lourdes, Malta, Charleroi Airport, the first base of Ryanair in continental Europe has opened now a brand new airport. Not thinkable 20 years from now where only the biggest airports were ruling!

sí, Its just bad that local government didn't think that here at Valencia

Our airport could have over 8million passengers per year now, but instead we are much smaller because our government wont let easyJet or Ryanair expand.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #1576
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I agree with this.

My local airport (Valencia) just had its Ryanair base closed because our local government did not help/welcome Ryanair.

Ireland should be very careful.
Anyway yields and load factor were low in Valencia. This goverment is the same for ALC airport, where Ryanair is expanding a lot without any help from the same goverment.

There are two sort of airport for Ryanair, the ones are profitable and the ones are only profitable with help.

PD: Pásate por el subforo español/valenciano, hace falta gente de Castellón y sobretodo seguidores del nuevo aeropuerto de Castellón. Un saludo.
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I know, they are sharks in some ways, but they are sticking to their strategy ad business plan. And they revived plenty of areas that were "lost". Imagine all tourism now in Carcassonne, Lourdes, Malta, Charleroi Airport, the first base of Ryanair in continental Europe has opened now a brand new airport. Not thinkable 20 years from now where only the biggest airports were ruling!
Some airport operators just have different attitudes towards the low cost airlines, for example, BAA have a very negative attitude towards low cost carriers, especially Ryanair, however, AENA in Spain seem to be very welcoming to low cost airlines, with even Madrid airport having a huge number of Easyjet and Ryanair flights.

You will never see Easyjet or Ryanair at Heathrow...
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Ryanair to cut all airport check-in desks

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Europe's largest low-fare airline Ryanair said on Saturday it planned to save costs by closing all its airport check-in desks by the end of the year and have passengers check in online instead.

"All we will have is a bag drop where passengers can drop off their luggage, otherwise everything will be done online," Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told the Daily Telegraph.

He said the savings would be passed on to passengers in the form of lower fares.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara told Reuters that 75 percent of the airline's passenger already used its online check-in services.

"We are trying to encourage the remaining 25 percent to do the same," he said.

"Hopefully by the end of the year we will have bag drop-in areas instead, which will be manned."

The airline would continue to have staff running ticket desks at airports, he said.

The change would lead to layoffs but the airline used many third-party staff at airports and would attempt to limit the effect of the reduction.

"We are hoping the job cuts will be minor," McNamara said.
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Well, finally, Ryanair will fly automatic buses with wings, without check-in, without hostesses, without pilots... Maybe they will find a way to fly without using landing gears (too expensive to replace tires when landing too many times...), maybe with one way use parachutes. Maybe without seats too, we can place thre times more passengers... If the automatic online check-in is not accepted by some airports (like I had in Stansted), we will be in biiig trouble... And Michael O Leary will not find good words to solve the problem...

The question is, "where not to go too far for Ryanair?" In order to keep its customers...
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At least this will mean that those of us without EU passports will finally be able to check in online instead of being forced to check in at the airport and thus pay a fee...grr...
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