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Old September 5th, 2009, 06:27 PM   #1641
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What i heard about Ryanair is cheap but they charge for everything exceptth eoxygen they provide for breathing during flight.is this right?
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:05 AM   #1642
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yes. I stopped using it years ago. now you even have to pay for the online check in

with all the extra charges they're often not the cheapest option anymore. bad service, bad connections, extra charges for everything (you pay for luggage !!!!! for example) ... all this often for the price of a regular flight with a full service airline, or even more expensive than that.

it's still in people's minds that these airlines are cheap. but they have been screwing passengers for years. a flight from glasgow to budapest this weekend for 250 pounds ? yeah right ...

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Old September 18th, 2009, 05:00 PM   #1643
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Dunno if it was in this thread or another.. My Ryanair flights:

2007: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Milan Bergamo (IT)
2007: Rome Ciampino (IT) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)
2009/6: Tampere (FI) - Frankfurt Hahn (DE)
2009/9: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Riga (LV) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)
Booked:
2009/10: Eindhoven (NL) - Stockholm Skavsta (SE) - Eindhoven (NL)
2009/12: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Riga (LV) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)

My girlfriend lives in Estonia, that's why I fly to Riga a lot. But for next year I'm planning to take a Eurolines bus to London, transfer to Stansted and fly to Tallinn (EE) directly with Easyjet.

Price for the flights, including everything I need:

FI - DE: €70
BE - LV - BE: €20 (+€30 Eurolines bus to Tallinn)
NL - SE - NL: €80 (pretty expensive because I booked a few days ago for a flight in 3 weeks)
BE - LV - BE: €110 (Christmas and New Year period)

I don't really see any other possibilities, considering cost and speed. For example Lufthansa charges over €800 for a return trip Brussels - Tallinn. That's just crazy.

My experience with Ryanair is very good. I only hate it that people who don't use Ryanair are always so slow and blocking everything :p.

And really, you don't need extra luggage for a 1 week trip. You can take 10kg cabin luggage, so except for liquids like shampoo and shower gel, you can take anything in a trolley.


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Old September 19th, 2009, 04:28 AM   #1644
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Je suis très intéressé! J'aimerais en savoir plus.
moi aussi, j'ai besoin d'informations plus détaillées
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Old September 19th, 2009, 05:18 AM   #1645
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Dunno if it was in this thread or another.. My Ryanair flights:

2007: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Milan Bergamo (IT)
2007: Rome Ciampino (IT) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)
2009/6: Tampere (FI) - Frankfurt Hahn (DE)
2009/9: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Riga (LV) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)
Booked:
2009/10: Eindhoven (NL) - Stockholm Skavsta (SE) - Eindhoven (NL)
2009/12: Brussels Charleroi (BE) - Riga (LV) - Brussels Charleroi (BE)

My girlfriend lives in Estonia, that's why I fly to Riga a lot. But for next year I'm planning to take a Eurolines bus to London, transfer to Stansted and fly to Tallinn (EE) directly with Easyjet.

Price for the flights, including everything I need:

FI - DE: €70
BE - LV - BE: €20 (+€30 Eurolines bus to Tallinn)
NL - SE - NL: €80 (pretty expensive because I booked a few days ago for a flight in 3 weeks)
BE - LV - BE: €110 (Christmas and New Year period)

I don't really see any other possibilities, considering cost and speed. For example Lufthansa charges over €800 for a return trip Brussels - Tallinn. That's just crazy.

My experience with Ryanair is very good. I only hate it that people who don't use Ryanair are always so slow and blocking everything :p.

And really, you don't need extra luggage for a 1 week trip. You can take 10kg cabin luggage, so except for liquids like shampoo and shower gel, you can take anything in a trolley.


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i think this is a good option for people who are traveling on low budget.if i am going with a bag and Ryanair ask for busfare instaead of Airfare :P then they are right in charging for everything.Atleast few people can save some money.Certainly for extra luggage or comfort on has to pay something :P
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Ryanair has highest charges for in-flight food and drink
19 September 2009
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Ryanair charges more for in-flight food and drink than any of the other principal British or Irish airlines, according to new research.

A survey by Nowfly, an online travel comparison website, shows that the Irish no-frills airline charges more than its rivals in every category apart from spirits - which it does not offer on board its flights. It charges 35 per cent more for tea and coffee, 50 per cent more for a small bottle of wine and up to 30 per cent more for sandwiches than its rivals, including easyJet, Flybe, Monarch and Bmi (see table).

According to the American research group IdeaWorks, Ryanair took almost pounds 550 million in ancillary revenue last year - this includes spending on in-flight food, baggage charges and check-in fees, and the commission it receives from hotel bookings, car rental and insurance.

Its income from these will rise from next month, when it plans to increase its baggage fee by 50 per cent.

Ancillary revenue last year accounted for nearly 20 per cent of the airline's total revenue. Only American Airlines, United and Delta received more.

A spokesman for the airline said: "Ryanair provides passengers with Europe's guaranteed lowest fares by providing a range of ancillary revenue services such as hotel, villa, camping and hostel accommodation, travel insurance, bus and rail tickets, car hire, gift vouchers, financial services and in- flight telephone services as well as in-flight beverages and food.''

The spotlight has turned on the extra charges imposed by airlines following the decision by British Airways to stop providing complimentary in-flight meals earlier this month and to begin to charge for the carriage of sports equipment. BA is to continue to serve breakfast on flights that take off before 10am, but has cut out meals on flights lasting less than two-and-a-half hours. It expects to save about pounds 22 million a year.

It will continue to offer a full meal service on long-haul flights.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 05:28 AM   #1647
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Up in smoke: Ryanair launches smoke-free cigarettes
21 September 2009
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Passsengers flying with Irish budget carrier Ryanair and banned from smoking while on board can get their nicotine fix by inhaling "smokeless" cigarettes, the airline announced this week.

The new range of cigarettes, which do not have to be lit but provide a nicotine "hit" for smokers, are available on all Ryanair flights, the Dublin-based airline said in a statement received on Monday.

Ryanair said smokers no longer had "to worry about long flights without a cigarette as it launches a new range of smokeless cigarettes to ensure passengers get their required nicotine hit without breaking the law by 'lighting up' onboard".

It added: "Smoking on commercial flights has been illegal since the 1990s but now to cater to passengers' demands, Ryanair has introduced Similar Smokeless Cigarettes, which look and feel like a real cigarette and deliver a small amount of nicotine through inhalation."

The smokeless cigarettes are available to passengers aged over 18 years old, while a pack of ten costs six euros (9.0 dollars).
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 09:13 PM   #1648
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Old October 13th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #1649
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Ryanair hopes to order 200 aircraft by year-end

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Irish budget airline Ryanair said on Tuesday it wanted to wrap up an order for 200 aircraft from either Boeing or Airbus by the end of the year, for delivery after 2012.

Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said: "If for some reason we can't conclude an agreement with Boeing and Airbus, certainly by the end of the year, we will simply announce we are not going to buy any more aircraft.

"We will then stop growing beyond 2012 when our current delivery stream runs out."

Ryanair's fleet currently consists of Boeing aircraft but O'Leary said if Airbus offered a better deal he would order Airbus planes.

If he couldn't conclude a deal he would start distributing cash to shareholders.

"If you can't get Boeing or Airbus to make a decision between now and December I will lose interest and go with plan B," he said.

O'Leary was speaking at a press conference in London after the BBC current affairs TV programme Panorama broadcast a profile of the airline on Monday which said its website was misleading and that it imposed hidden charges.

"We have plenty of charges but none of them are hidden," said O'Leary, who reiterated that charging passengers to use the toilets remained a longer-term aim.
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COLUMN-O'Leary treats shareholders like passengers: Neil Collins

LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - It would be easy to dismiss Michael O'Leary as a brazen bigmouth were it not for his irritating habit of delivering profits where other airlines struggle to survive. Now he is threatening to switch Ryanair's strategy from growth to cash generation if Boeing fails to cut the price on his next 200 aircraft. The shareholders may moan that they are being treated as badly as the airline's passengers, but O'Leary is right (in both cases).

The passengers are treated like cattle, subjected to levels of misery inconceivable to air travellers a couple of decades ago, but Monday's half-time figures showed that they don't care. People love O'Leary's combination of dirt-cheap prices and reliability. Your plane may not come down anywhere near your final destination, but it will do so on time.

The result is a 15 percent rise in passenger numbers, to 36.4 million, and oil-fired profits up by 80 percent to 387 million euros despite a 17 percent fall in the average fare. The shareholders might learn from this robust approach. It's always hard to tell whether O'Leary is entirely serious, but his threat to change the business model from growth to cash generation does not sound like a joke.

It's a fine tactic to bully Boeing , which needs the order far more than Ryanair does. There will be no shortage of slightly-used planes if he wants them; as he put it: "Many of our competitors are losing money, consolidating or going bust." His threat to "end the relationship" with Boeing sounds entirely plausible.

The market disliked the idea of Ryanair distributing profits to shareholders rather than reinvesting, but it makes eminent sense. Both BAA in Britain and, according to O'Leary, its "clueless" counterpart in Ireland, the DAA, have invested billions in extravagant projects at London Heathrow and Dublin, and the airline industry is riddled with examples of vainglorious expansion.

O'Leary has built Ryanair by unrelenting focus on costs and prices. His grandstanding about "stupid" tourist taxes in the UK and Ireland on planes (but not trains or ferries) and his earlier suggestions about getting passengers to stand are merely light entertainment; the real proof of the model is 2.5 billion euros in cash on the balance sheet, and a pay freeze rather than pay and job cuts for the company's 7,000 employees. Shareholders in airlines are used to getting wiped out by their management's ambitions. Ryanair is a demonstration that it does not have to be so.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #1651
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It looks like Ryanair are set to announce a new route from Glasgow to Carcassonne.

Good to see more new Ryanair routes from Glasgow after they recently announced five new routes.
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Ryanair announce new route from Glasgow to Carcassonne
18 November 2009

Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, has today (Wednesday 18 November 2009) announced it will launch a new route from Glasgow to the French city of Carcassonne, giving customers in Scotland direct access to the South of France.

Flights to Carcassonne will commence on 31 March 2010 with flights departing every Wednesday and Sunday. Flights can be booked online now and are available from just £30 return, including tax. The new route starts just one day after Ryanair's new route to Ibiza takes-off.

The budget carrier expects to carry 10,000 passengers on the route over a period of one year giving Glaswegians an opportunity to enjoy a visit to one of the most beautiful cities in France as well as bringing a large number of French tourists to Glasgow.

Carcassonne is a great destination, whatever your budget and holiday plans are. Whether you want to visit the Medieval City and the Bastide Saint Louis, or just enjoy some quiet moments of relaxation by the banks of the lake in the Raymond Chésa Leisure Park or by the Canal du Midi, you can really do a bit of everything in Carcassonne and with direct flights now on offer from Glasgow, there has never been a better time to visit.





Ryanair launch four new routes from Glasgow Prestwick Airport
05 November 2009

Europe’s largest airline Ryanair, has launched four new routes from its Scottish base at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

New flights to Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Palma on the Island of Majorca all took off this week for the first time.

Flights to Palma Majorca will operate five times per week, while Alicante will be served by four flights a week. Both Gran Canaria and Lanzarote will operate twice a week.

Mr. Sweenie of Glasgow Prestwick Airport said: "These new routes are a huge vote of confidence in Glasgow Prestwick by Europe’s largest low fares airline. Just half an hour from Glasgow city centre, we offer great flight times, quick, hassle free check-in, cheap parking and a 50% discount on rail travel to / from anywhere in Scotland."

"For cheap winter sun, Lanzarote's volcanic landscape, Gran Canaria's mountainous scenery and for Tenerife’s year-round appeal, the Canaries are unbeatable," he said.

Ryanair plan to add a fifth new route from the airport in April 2009 when the airline will launch a new thrice weekly flight to Ibiza. Ryanair flights from Glasgow to 29 European destinations can be booked online now at ryanair.com
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Ryanair Announces 37th Base At Oslo Rygge
24 November 2009

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ryanair Holdings PLC (RYAAY), an Irish airline, said Tuesday it would open its 37th base at Oslo Rygge in March 2010 with three based aircraft and 16 new routes being launched.

MAIN FACTS:

-Ryanair will offer 100 weekly return flights and invest over $200 million in airport.

-16 new routes from Oslo Rygge to Aarhus, Berlin (Schonefeld), Dublin, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Eindhoven, Gdansk, Krakow, La Rochelle, Malaga, Memmingen (Munich West), Palma, Paris (Beauvais), Riga, Wroclaw, Valencia and Venice (Treviso)

-Ryanair's traffic at Oslo Rygge to increase to 1.7 million passengers p.a., thereby creating 1,700 jobs in region.
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Does anyone know if is Ryanair planning in upcoming months open another base (in central Europe, there are negotiations with BTS from what we've read in news (4 planes, 20 new lines)) or this is last one for longer time?
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Does anyone know if is Ryanair planning in upcoming months open another base (in central Europe, there are negotiations with BTS from what we've read in news (4 planes, 20 new lines)) or this is last one for longer time?
I wouldn't rule it out. Ryanair have announced three new bases this week alone.

I do know Wizz Air have decided against a base at Bratislava.

The size of Ryanair is insane and they are only going to get bigger. They now have 37 bases in Europe. There are people in Europe who could not even name 37 European cities!
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So I guess they don't use British / Irish crews on all flights anymore.
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I wouldn't exactly call it insane. They currently have a fleet of 207 planes and approx. 60 million annual passengers. Southwest Airlines, the largest American lowfare airlines has 546 planes and 102 million annual passengers.

Keep in mind that Europe has more than twice the population of the US and that especially the market in Eastern Europe will still grow considerably in the future, so Ryanair still has a lot of growth potential, especially if they now really even expand their network beyond Europe's borders. I've heard lots of rumors of new destinations in Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Tunisia.

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They haven't for a long time. I've took quite a few Ryanair flights were the crew were almost entirely German, Italian, Spanish or Polish depending on where the plane was stationed.
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So I guess they don't use British / Irish crews on all flights anymore.
Far from it. Most bases are staffed by locals/ nationals of that country.

I recently used Ryanair's new Glasgow to Alicante flight and as the flight is operated by an Alicante based aircraft, the crew were entirely Spanish.


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I wouldn't exactly call it insane. They currently have a fleet of 207 planes and approx. 60 million annual passengers. Southwest Airlines, the largest American lowfare airlines has 546 planes and 102 million annual passengers.
Do you know how many bases Southwest Airlines have? It would be interesting to know if it was more or less than Ryanair's 37.

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Keep in mind that Europe has more than twice the population of the US and that especially the market in Eastern Europe will still grow considerably in the future, so Ryanair still has a lot of growth potential, especially if they now really even expand their network beyond Europe's borders. I've heard lots of rumors of new destinations in Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Tunisia.
I would not be surprised to see Ryanair starting flights to Northern Africa. These routes are very high-yielding for easyJet, FlyGlobespan and Jet2. However I did hear Ryanair's aircraft are not capable of flying the distance between the United Kingdom and Egypt. Apparently something to do with the type of engines they use. I dont know how true, or not this is...?
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EasyJet says worst over but 2010 to be slow

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The Chief Executive of low-cost airline easyJet believes the worst of the recession is over for the airline industry but warned recovery would be slow.

"I think the worst is over but I don't see any improvement either and expect demand to be stable for the next nine months at least," Chief Executive Andy Harrison told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

"Winter will be a continuation of what we have seen...we will see continuing weaker consumer demand."

The airline last week reported a 65 percent fall in full-year profit, its worst annual performance since 2001, after it hedged fuel prices at high levels.

Passenger numbers rose 3.4 percent to 45.2 million, its slowest growth rate since the airline listed on the London Stock Exchange in November 2000, and analysts cautioned that the turning point in sector demand might be some way off.

Harrison said the airline, which uses Airbus aircraft, would not look to cancel any of its existing aircraft orders, despite the sluggish demand picture.

"We have got something like 70 new committed aircraft deliveries over the next three years and they will go ahead," he said.

EasyJet, which is the biggest carrier at London's Gatwick airport, has also launched online check-in to passengers with hold baggage. Previously only passengers travelling with hand baggage were able to check-in online.

The global recession has battered the airline industry as consumers cut back on trips and the International Air Transport Association last week repeated its forecast that airlines would lose a collective $11 billion this year, despite year-on-year ticket sales growing in September.

Shares in easyJet, which have risen 14 percent in the last three months, were down 2.9 percent at 368.7 pence by 1142 GMT, valuing the group at close to 1.6 billion pounds.
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Do you know how many bases Southwest Airlines have? It would be interesting to know if it was more or less than Ryanair's 37.
As far as I know either 11 or 12.

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I would not be surprised to see Ryanair starting flights to Northern Africa. These routes are very high-yielding for easyJet, FlyGlobespan and Jet2. However I did hear Ryanair's aircraft are not capable of flying the distance between the United Kingdom and Egypt. Apparently something to do with the type of engines they use. I dont know how true, or not this is...?
Depending on the engines and the fuel capacity 737-800's have ranges between 3790km and 6650km. If they have the version which has only a range of 3790km, STN-CAI would still be possible, however STN-HRG or STN-SSH would be too long. But it would easily be within the range of their other main bases such as HHN or CIA.
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