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Old March 14th, 2009, 05:21 PM   #1601
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Budget airline in joke request for ways to save money
12 March 2009
Agence France Presse

Ryanair launched a light-hearted competition Thursday to suggest new ways the budget carrier can save money, after criticism of penny-pinching ideas including charging passengers to use the toilet.

The Irish airline said it had already received suggestions including charging one euro for oxygen masks, 25 euros to use the emergency exits, and 50 euros for bikini-clad cabin crew.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has been widely criticised for introducing more and more charges, starting with food on board and extra fees for non-online customers, but now including check-in charges.

Most recently he suggested that passengers could be asked to pay one pound coin (1.10 euros, 1.40 dollars) to go to the toilet on board, although spokesmen subsequently explained that he may not have been serious.

On Thursday Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "Ryanair is Europe’s largest low fares airline and we plan to continue to reduce costs and fares by stimulating ancillary revenues.

"Since we confirmed that we are considering a toilet charge we have received a huge number of ancillary revenue suggestions from passengers and we want more," he added in a statement on the airline's website.

The airline is offering 1,000 euros to the most creative idea submitted by the end of March. Other suggestions so far include charging for toilet paper with O’Leary’s face on it and charging 2.50 euros to read the safety cards.

"The winning idea will be chosen by Ryanair and our decision will be final," said the airline.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 07:27 PM   #1602
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Ryanair's pilots agree to 12-month pay freeze

DUBLIN, March 17 (Reuters) - Irish budget airline Ryanair said on Tuesday that its pilots had agreed to a 12 month pay freeze as an alternative to a 10 percent cut in salary.

Ryanair had originally sought a pay cut to address the current downturn and two consecutive quarters of trading losses at the airline.

"Management at Ryanair has already accepted significant pay cuts. Now our pilots have rowed in with a pay freeze and better productivity enhancements," David O'Brien, Ryanair's director of flight operations and ground operations, said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Europe's largest low-cost carrier said that from the summer it would reduce the number of aircraft based in Dublin to 17 from 22, closing four routes and cutting the frequency of flights on eight others due to an increase in airport charges and taxes.

The group's full-year guidance is for a net profit of 50 million to 80 million euros range versus an earlier projection of break-even as lower fuel costs and cost-conscious travellers boost the bottom line.

The airline expects to increase overall passenger numbers across the network by about 9 million to 67 million this year.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #1603
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Michael O'Leary of Ryanair with Charleroi Airport model plane (graphic design of plane made by SkyscraperCity Forumer living in Latvia )

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Old March 24th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #1604
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Ryanair chief defends on-board toilet charge
24 March 2009
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The head of Irish budget airline Ryanair Tuesday defended his plan to charge passengers to use on-board toilets, saying it would lead to "less passenger inconvenience" during flights.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary revealed last month the carrier was looking at the possibility of installing toilet doors in its planes which would only open with the insertion of a one pound coin (1.10 euros, 1.40 dollars).

"In our discussions with (aircraft maker) Boeing they haven't yet been able to manufacture a toilet door that will take coins in it," he told a news conference in Madrid Tuesday.

"But I think it's a logical development, if you use the toilet for example in train stations in England you pay to use the toilets. I don't see any reason why people on board an aircraft wouldn't pay to use the toilet."

He said the on-board charge would mean more passengers would use the toilets at airports, and would lead to "less passenger inconvenience on board the aircraft."

"We will charge for every possible thing we can think to charge for, but it will always be the passengers' choice whether they pay it or don't pay it," he said.

O'Leary said the company is now running an online competition to see what else the carrier can charge for on board.

"The suggestion I like best so far is a passenger in Sweden who has suggested that we should produce rolls of toilet paper with my picture on it."
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Old March 24th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #1605
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Ryanair to expand in Spain despite crisis: O'Leary
24 March 2009
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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is to open up 39 new routes to and from Spanish airports in 2009 despite the sharp drop in tourism in the country amid the economic crisis, chief executive Michael O'Leary said Tuesday.

"At a time when traffic to and from Spain is collapsing, particularly at the major Spanish airports, including Madrid and Barcelona, Ryanair is still the one airline in Spain is growing rapidly," he said.

Ryanair's overall traffic will grow by about 15 percent this year from 58 million to 67 million passengers, he told a news conference in Madrid.

"A significant amount of that growth is already allocated to Spain, where in 2009 alone Ryanair will open up 39 new routes to and from eight Spanish airports -- Alicante, Girona, Granada, Ibiza, Palma, Reus, Santander and Seville."

O'Leary forecast Ryanair would overtake Spain's flag carrier Iberia as the country's largest airline "in about two years."

He saw "enormous growth opportunities" for Spanish tourism and airports, but only if the country's airport authority, AENA, lowers its charges.

Spain, the world's second biggest tourist destination after France, reported a record 59.2 million visitors in 2007, before the global economic crisis. But that figure dropped 2.6 percent to 57.41 million in 2008.

In February alone, tourist arrivals plunged 15.9 percent in February from the same month last year.

Ryanair made a loss of almost 119 million euros (161 million dollars) during its third quarter as fuel costs soared and it reduced fares.

However last month the no-frills carrier also upgraded its full-year profit forecast to between 50 and 80 million euros from a previous estimate of break-even as fuel costs have fallen sharply since the end of 2008 on reduced demand for energy.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #1606
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easyJet increases frequency from Glasgow to Palma De Mallorca
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced that it is increasing its flight frequency to the sunshine hotspot destination of Palma De Mallorca from Glasgow International Airport.

The additional flights will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 May to 23 June. The extra flights will also make it easier for travellers who are to visiting the Island of Mallorca for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Carly Brear, easyJet UK Commercial Manager, said:

“Thanks to fantastic feedback from our customers, we are delighted to be offering even more flights to Palma De Mallorca. The additional services will make Majorca even more accessible to visitors who are looking for a long weekend or a short break, however, we’d advise people to book now to avoid missing out on visiting this great destination”.

Fares for this route will start from just £26.99 single including tax. Seats go on sale at easyJet.com from Tuesday 24 March 2009.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to January 2009:
EasyJet = 44,661,510
Ryanair = 58,100,000

Percentage increase in passengers since January 2008:
EasyJet = 16.2%
Ryanair = 11%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in January 2009:
EasyJet = 84.9%
Ryanair = 81%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to February 2009:
EasyJet = 44,439,653
Ryanair = 58,400,000

Percentage increase in passengers since February 2008:
EasyJet = 13.9%
Ryanair = 7%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in February 2009:
EasyJet = 87%
Ryanair = 82%
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Aer Lingus outlook bleak as Ryanair rules out bid

DUBLIN/LONDON April 28 (Reuters) - Irish airline Aer Lingus slashed its outlook and reshuffled management in the face of diving revenues and passenger numbers on Tuesday as rival Ryanair ruled out another bid for the beleaguered carrier.

Shares in Aer Lingus fell 20 percent, making it the top loser on the Irish stock index, after the company forecast losses this year would be materially worse than the 79 million-euro bottom range of market expectation.

The loss-making airline, whose chief executive resigned earlier this month saying a new person would bring fresh ideas, said it was reviewing a range of options, including its long-haul capacity, to reduce operating costs.

Aer Lingus has a track record of turning around difficult situations but analysts warned something major was needed.

"Aer Lingus faced similar challenges post 9-11 and as recently as 2007, its operation margin was the best in the industry," said NCB analyst Neil Glynn said.

"We're coming to the stage where we need to see something quite radical again."

The airline saw quarterly revenue fall 16 percent as the recession drove average fares down by nearly 15 per cent. Passenger numbers decreased by 6.5 percent year-on-year in the same period.

It appointed Niall Walsh as chief operating officer while Chief Financial Officer Sean Coyle and Short Haul Operations head Stephen Kavanagh assumed a further role each.

The company said it would examine its aircraft requirements from Airbus as part of its review of its long-haul business.

DEFENCE STRATEGY

Aer Lingus' arch rival and major shareholder, Ryanair, ruled out a third bid for the former state carrier but said it would hold onto its near 30 percent stake unless it received a significant offer.

"I think Aer Lingus is worthless. If the accountancy rules allowed us we would write down our stake to zero," chief executive Michael O'Leary told a news conference. "I am fairly certain we won't make a third bid."

Aer Lingus based its defence strategy against Ryanair's most recent bid on the argument that it had a profitable future as an independent airline, forecasting a small pre-tax profit in both 2008 and 2009.

But some analysts said this argument no longer held water.

"At this point of time, it's hard to see Aer Lingus being a standalone operation, but they still have net cash and if they're successful in negotiations with Airbus that would help," Davy analyst Stephen Furlong said.

Ryanair, which gained its stake following a hostile bid in 2006, made an offer of 750 million euros ($976.1 million) for its rival in December but later withdrew the bid after the Irish government, which holds a 25 percent stake, rejected it.

Aer Lingus said it had a net cash position of 594 million euros as of March 31, down 9 percent from the end of the year.

But Ryanair's O'Leary said the balance sheet was not as strong as the airline maintained.

"They're running out of cash rapidly. They clearly have a huge pension deficit which again they denied in December and there's going to have to be another restructuring," he said.

"I think Aer Lingus is going to run out of cash."
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EasyJet down as losses H1 hit 129.8 mln
6 May 2009
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Shares in easyJet fall 2 percent after the British low-cost airline reports first-half pretax losses of 129.8 million pounds, which Panmure calls "significant".

"The company's results have been hit by substantially higher fuel costs (up 92 million pounds), reflecting hedging rates which were substantially above current market rates," says the broker in a note.

EasyJet, which almost trebles its pretax loss from 48.4 million pounds, says it still expects to be profitable for the full-year to end-September at current fuel and exchange rates.
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Ryanair CEO denies has lifted 2009 guidance

MILAN/MUNICH, May 12 (Reuters) - Irish low-cost airline Ryanair's Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said he had not raised the company's outlook for 2008-09, denying an earlier news agency report.

"I said that analysts estimate 60-80 million euros, and that we feel comfortable with those estimates. I did not give a new guidance," O'Leary said at a press conference in Munich.

Following a press briefing in Milan earlier on Tuesday, Italian news agency ANSA had reported that O'Leary had said he now expected net profit of 60-80 million euros ($82-109 million) for 2008-09.

In April, O'Leary said there was no reason to change guidance of 50-80 million euros for the year ending March 31, 2009. [ID:nWEA7554]

Ryanair is due to report results for the year to March 31, 2009 at the beginning of June.

Shares of Ryanair were up 0.8 percent at 3.325 pence by 1403 GMT.

O'Leary said he now expected it to take another 2-3 years until the opportunity arose for the budget carrier to enter the long-haul market.

"We've talked about it, but only if we can cheaply obtain long-haul aircraft, and with the delivery delays for those types of aircraft, I don't see any availability for another 2-3 years," O'Leary said in Munich.

He also said price competition in long-haul was much fiercer than in European flights, making such routes less viable.

At the moment, he said he expected carriers offering primarily European routes to benefit from jitters that flights to places such as Mexico and Latin America could raise the risk of contracting swine flu following a recent outbreak there.

"But swine flu's complete rubbish. It's like a hangover," O'Leary said.

Mexico's death toll from the H1N1 flu outbreak has risen to 56, the health ministry there said on Monday. Some 30 countries have reported cases of the flu, which has killed people in Canada, the United States and Costa Rica as well as Mexico.

Peer easyJet's Chief Executive Andy Harrison said last week there had been "no impact yet" from the swine flu outbreak. EasyJet flies exclusively between European destinations. ($1=.7336 Euro)
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Old June 6th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #1611
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Spain's royal palace unhappy over Ryanair ad featuring queen
5 June 2009
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Spain's royal palace Friday expressed its annoyance Friday at ads by Ryanair that used a photo of Queen Sofia, who recently flew on the Irish budget airline, without her permission.

The company, known for its controversial ad campaigns and for its use of images of celebrities without their permission, released an ad with a photo of the wife of King Juan Carlos and the slogan "fly like a monarch."

"It is a privilege for us that Queen Sofia flies with the company that shows the highest growth in Spain, Ryanair", said the ad, published in the Spanish press Friday.

But the royal palace expressed its displeasure with the ads.

"We are surprised, they did not ask for permission nor did they inform us of the ad campaign," a spokeswoman said.

"We are looking into it, but there is nothing definite that we can foresee in terms of legal actions or options. Nothing has been decided."

Queen Sofia flew on Ryanair between the northern city of Santander and London's Stansted airport last month to visit her brother Constantine, the former king of Greece, who was to undergo heart surgery.

The royal palace at the time stressed that the reason was not the low cost, but that the Irish airline offered the best option for getting to London on that date.

Ryanair is the only commercial airline that flies direct between the Santander and London.

Ryanair has only one class of passenger, no reserved seats and offers basic levels of comfort. On-board services must be paid for.
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Ryanair flights are finally very dear !

I am far from rich and when I travel, I try to do at the best price. But what is the true price of a trip with Ryanair, have you ever thought?

-They only use secondary airports often have an architecture of industrial hangar with comfort and facilities very limited.
-The time needed to reach these airports and the price of the shuttle buses (minimum 10 euros, mostly around 15 !)
-The overall "quality" of the Company :at Ryanair everything is ugly, kitsch, ultra-cheap:
*Hostesses' uniforms (they must pay with their own money!) Are elegant enough for road works, but surely not for air hostesses (personally, I like watching them: this is part of the pleasure of flying )
*Harassment of those hotesses to sell you all kinds of things you do not need (even lottery tickets! It is missing more than carpets and kebabs ...). Everything in English only of course ,even if you are on a flight Italy- Spain or Estonia-Germany...

**But these are details compared to the rest. On several occasions crews informed me discretly on the failings of the company safety.
**Those who wants to work on that company must themselves pay for the training given by the company! 1500 Euros for an unemployed Poles who wants to find a job, it's huge!
And it is outrageous to pay for work, not to mention ridiculous wages and poor social conditions...
**Furthermore, this company only goes where they are heavily subsidized by local authorities. Ryanair never hesitate to put in concurrence two platforms for raising the stakes. The airport that pays the most has the honor to receive the Ryanair flights.
Who paies these subventions ? You, me .
Often, despite the commitments made with the authority that subsidize them (with our money), they leave the platform because the benefits are not commensurate with their calculations.
They already had several lawsuits because of this piracy (South Brussels, Strasbourg ...) but continue to ransom our taxes across Europe !

-Result: company personnel working under shameful conditions , passengers are treated like cattle (or sheat if you prefer...)
And our taxes are used to pay their benefits (not knowing the crisis).
They are the main beneficiaries of the current crisis.

Since I realized that their prices are finally expensive (price of ticket + extras: baggage, registration, credit card supplement+ price and time of the shuttle ...)
Since I understood that they are by far the worst low-cost, while finally as expensive as others .
= Travel with SkyEurope, Myair or Transavia and see the difference!
Since I understood how my taxes pays their benefits by the subsidies paid by our local authorities to Ryanair...
And because I don't really appreciate to be treated like shit when I fly and travel , I decided to boycott Ryanair.

I always travel as much, finally without spending more. But I feel much better in-flight.
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If Ryanair were so bad they wouldnt be one of the largest airlines in Europe...
I'm amazed how large RyanAir is.
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Ryanair halts British projects in tax protest
23 June 2009
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Europe's leading budget airline Ryanair said Tuesday it was freezing the expansion of bases in Britain in protest at government tax measures and high charges levied by airport operator BAA.

Ryanair "will freeze growth at its nine UK bases with immediate effect," it said in a statement, citing a "tourist tax" of 10 pounds (11.6 euros, 16.5 dollars) per flight on air passengers and what it called the "monopoly" of BAA.

These "have caused the loss of over 4.5 million passengers at the BAA UK airports in the first five months of the year," the Irish airline said.

"While the UK keeps taxing tourists Ryanair will switch its growth to other EU countries where low cost airports are growing and where governments are welcoming tourists not taxing them," Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said.

"The government's 10 pound tourist tax is making the UK an uncompetitive destination and they must scrap this tax now to prevent a further collapse of UK passenger, tourism and job numbers," he said in the statement.

Ryanair last week said it would cut 650 jobs in Ireland, blaming the move on similar tax hikes amid a deep recession in the eurozone member nation.

Earlier this month, Ryanair posted an annual net loss of 169 million euros which it blamed on high fuel costs and a large writedown on its stake in Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.

The loss, suffered in the 12 months to March, compared with net profit of 391 million euros in the group's previous financial year.
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Ryanair to Ban Checked Bags
24 June 2009
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LONDON -- Ryanair Holdings PLC plans to ban checked luggage, eliminate airport check-in and offer online gambling on its planes in a move to lower costs and boost profit, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said Tuesday.

The Dublin-based company, Europe's largest low-cost airline by passengers carried, plans to put a ban on all checked luggage early next year, Mr. O'Leary said. Instead, it will offer unlimited carry-on baggage free, subject to airport regulations.

The move is aimed at reducing airport costs, speeding up baggage-processing times and allowing Ryanair to offer lower fares, Mr. O'Leary said.

The CEO said he envisages a system that allows passengers to carry their baggage through the airport, check it into the cargo hold at the steps of the aircraft and collect it as they disembark at their destination.

Mr. O'Leary said the airline plans to get rid of airport check-in by October 2010, completing the migration to online check-in. The moves form part of Mr. O'Leary's plan to cut back on airport services and to reduce costs while minimizing the time passengers spend in airports.
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Court rejects easyJet's Gatwick price claims - CAA

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - Britain's High Court has dismissed allegations by low-cost carrier easyJet that price increases approved at Gatwick airport last year were legally flawed, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday.

EasyJet had accused the CAA, which regulates Britain's airports network, of unlawfully raising the cost of using the airport, claiming that the price hike followed private talks between the regulator and the airport's operator BAA after the deadline for a consultation period passed.

"The CAA is pleased with the outcome of this judicial review," CAA Group Director Economic Regulation Harry Bush said in a statement. "This provides an opportunity to draw a line under the most recent price control reviews of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and to focus on future regulation of airports."

The court did, however, grant easyJet the right to appeal, the CAA said.

The low-cost carrier had said the decision to increase the maximum charge per passenger using Gatwick by 1.18 pounds ($1.92) to 6.79 pounds ($11.04) would cost it 46 million pounds in extra fees over five years.

The CAA says the price increases are necessary to pay for modernisation and improvements in services, including additional security costs at the airport which lies to the south of London.
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Ryanair to order up to 300 new planes by year-end: O'Leary
27 June 2009
Agence France Presse

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is to order or take firm options on up to 300 new aircraft from Boeing or Airbus by the end of the year, its boss Michael O'Leary said in an interview to be published Monday.

He told German weekly magazine Der Spiegel that Ryanair, which announced a net loss earlier this month, wanted to double its operating profit this year.

Saying that cut-price operators always benefitted from a recession, in aviation or trade, O'Leary said Ryanair would be seeking to take advantage of low prices from manufacturers.

"That is why we want to order from Boeing or Airbus, or take firm options on, up to 300 new planes by the end of the year," he said.

Ryanair, which currently operates some 190 aircraft, all Boeing 737s, will be carrying up to 150 million passengers a year by 2017, compared with 58.5 million last year, O'Leary predicted.

The flamboyant airline boss also told Der Spiegel that recent remarks expressing interest in acquiring German flag-carrier Lufthansa were not a joke, but gave no details.

On June 2 Ryanair reported an annual net loss of 169 million euros (239 million dollars) that it blamed on high fuel costs and a large writedown on its stake in Aer Lingus.

The loss, suffered in the 12 months to the end of March, compared with net profit of 390.71 million euros in the group's previous financial year.

It predicted it would bounce back into the black in the current financial year with net profits of 200-300 million euros thanks to lower fuel costs.

Last week Ryanair said it would cut 650 more jobs in Ireland, blaming the move on government hikes in taxes amid a deep recession in the eurozone member nation.

And on Tuesday it said was freezing the expansion of bases in Britain in protest at government tax measures and high charges levied by airport operator BAA.

"Ryanair will switch its growth to other EU countries where low cost airports are growing and where governments are welcoming tourists not taxing them," O'Leary said.
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Ryanair June passenger numbers rise 13 percent yr/yr

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - Irish budget airline Ryanair carried 5.84 million passengers in June, 13 percent more than a year earlier, it said on Friday.

Load factor -- a measure of how well it fills planes -- rose to 85 percent from 84 percent in the same month of 2008, Europe's biggest carrier by passenger numbers said.
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Ryanair passenger numbers are up but BA descent continues
4 July 2009
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It was a case of mixed fortunes for two of Europe's largest carriers yesterday as Ryanair reported a 13pc year-on-year increase in passenger numbers for June and British Airways said its passenger figures fell 4.9pc for the month. The disparity in the figures reflects BA's troubled operations as Ryanair continues to expand its footprint across Europe.

But shares in British Airways, which is headed by former Aer Lingus boss Willie Walsh, closed up almost 4.5pc in London at £1.25 after the airline said it will slash capital spending and further crimp capacity as it seeks to prevent a further slide in its losses.

The airline is already haggling with unions on plans to cut an additional 3,700 staff from its 40,000 headcount.

BA added that total capacity for the current summer period to the end of October will be 3.5pc lower, while winter capacity will be 5pc down.

Both figures represent bigger capacity cuts than had been previously announced.

The airline has also postponed delivery of its first six Airbus A380 super-jumbo aircraft by about five months, with the initial unit delivery scheduled to take place in 2012.

An additional six A380s willnot be fully delivered until 2016 -- about two years later than previously planned.

Capital expenditure is being reduced from £725m (€847m) to £580m for 2009-2010 and BA said the figure was likely to remain at that level for the subsequent financial year.

BA's revenue passenger kilometres fell 3.8pc, while its overall load factor dropped 1.8percentage points to 79.6pc. First-class and business-class traffic slumped nearly 15pc.

Ryanair said yesterday that its passenger numbers for June were 5.84 million, up from 5.17 million in June last year.

Its load factor increased one percentage point to 85pc. In the 12 months to the end of June it carried 60.2 million passengers, a record for the airline.

Ryanair's shares closed up 1.3pc, or 4c, at €3.22.
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