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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:42 AM   #1681
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I guess no compensation for the lost transatlantic flights.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #1682
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I guess no compensation for the lost transatlantic flights.
Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways have all added extra flights to Orlando from Glasgow.

With the extra Orlando flights and extra based Ryanair and Thomas Cook aircraft for short haul flights, I think most of the capacity lost by Globespan has been replaced.
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Ryanair jet slides off Glasgow Prestwick airport runway
23 December 2009

A Ryanair jet slid off the runway at Glasgow's Prestwick airport this morning but there were no casualties among the 129 passengers and cabin crew.

Treacherous conditions saw the Boeing 737-800 slide on to a grass verge of Glasgow's second-largest airport as it taxied to the terminal.

"When you come on to the runway it's full of black ice," Ryanair passenger Alex Paton told the BBC.

Prestwick has been closed temporarily while emergency services attempt to remove the jet.

A Ryanair spokesman said passengers and crew on the Dublin-to-Glasgow service were bussed to the terminal after leaving the aircraft routinely, albeit on to a muddy patch of grass rather than the tarmac.

"Ryanair engineers are at the aircraft, which appears to have suffered no damage, and they are working with Glasgow Prestwick to return the aircraft to the stand area so that the runway can be reopened with minimum delay," the spokesman said.

The accident adds to problems for air passengers attempting to reach Scotland's largest city this morning, with Glasgow International airport also suffering delays owing to the weather. Before the incident, flights from Glasgow International were diverting to Glasgow Prestwick due to snow.


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Old December 24th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #1684
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Ryanair threatens to ground domestic flights in Italy in January over ID documents dispute
23 December 2009

ROME (AP) - Ryanair is threatening to stop domestic flights in Italy starting next month amid a dispute with the country's authorities over new rules on ID documents that passengers can show at airport gates.

Domestic flights operated at 10 Italian airports, including Rome and Milan, will be grounded from Jan. 23 until the issue is resolved, the Irish budget airline said in a statement posted Wednesday on its Italian Web site.

Last month, Italy's civil aviation authority, known by the acronym ENAC, ordered airlines to accept driving licenses, government badges, fishing and hunting licenses and other documents to identify passengers at boarding gates for domestic flights.

Ryanair said that since it started operating entirely with online check-ins, passengers are asked at booking time to show their passport or identity card before boarding. It said in the statement that the documents now allowed are less secure and this threatens flight security.

"We are really sorry for the inconveniences that this decision will cause," Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said in the statement.

"It's completely inappropriate for ENAC to introduce measures that reduce security on Italian domestic flights, compared with the security measures successfully used on all Ryanair flights in the EU and all Ryanair domestic flights in every other EU country," he said.

ENAC dismissed Ryanair's protests, saying that the new rules were based on a law passed in 2000 and that all other carriers had complied with them.

"No carrier can operate on the national domestic market without respecting the rules," the authority said in a statement. "Ryanair is the only EU and international operator that demands to fly in Italy without respecting Italian law."

ENAC said it would lodge a protest with the Irish civil aviation authority and inform Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of the situation.

Last week, an administrative tribunal in Rome rejected Ryanair's request to suspend the new rules. The company said Wednesday it would appeal to a higher administrative court.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #1685
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Italy airport says Ryanair faces penalty on flights

MILAN, Dec 28 (Reuters) - An Italian airport operator said on Monday that Ryanair would have to pay penalties if it cancels flights as part of a continuing dispute with the country's civil aviation regulator over check-in documents.

Last Wednesday, the low-cost Irish carrier said it would temporarily stop domestic Italian flights at 10 airports from Jan. 23 because of the row with ENAC.

Ryanair objects to ENAC's decision to cut requirements on documents that passengers have to present, saying the new rules will not ensure a secure form of identification.

On Monday, Societa Aeroporto Toscano (SAT), which operates the Pisa airport in Tuscany, said Ryanair had a contractual obligation to meet certain passenger targets.

"Such a contract foresees the payment of penalties to SAT in the case that even part of the flights are cancelled," SAT said in a statement.
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'Puerile' Ryanair under attack by OFT chief
4 January 2010
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BRITAIN'S TOP business regulator has accused Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair, of "almost taunting" passengers in a strongly worded attack on its charges.

John Fingleton, the chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading, described Ryanair's levying of fees for paying by card online as "puerile" and "almost childish", adding the carrier was only operating within "the narrow letter of the law".

Ryanair advertises taxes and other fees upfront but only mentions charges for paying by plastic at the end of booking on the grounds that customers could escape the fee by using an obscure prepaid card. The no-frills carrier - along with other airlines and ticketing agencies - is being investigated by the OFT over online pricing and advertising. Of particular concern is "drip-pricing" where shoppers only discover the full cost of a service late in the booking process, which makes it difficult to shop around.

In a rare and exclusive interview, his first for 18 months, Mr Fingleton, whose organisation has previously clashed with Ryanair, criticised the airline's "funny game".

"Ryanair has this funny game where they have found some low frequency payment mechanism and say: 'Well, because you can pay with that [the charge is optional]'," he said. "It's almost like taunting consumers and pointing out: 'Oh well, we know this is completely outside the spirit of the law, but we think it's within the narrow letter of the law'."

Mr Fingleton - whose criticism elicited an angry response from Ryanair - hopes that ironing out problems on airline websites will set standards for online shopping, which is forecast to account for half of retail sales by 2020.

Under consumer law, businesses must advertise all compulsory charges. At the payment stage online, Ryanair levies a £5 debit or credit card charge per passenger, per journey, although the cost to the company is only about 30p per payment. The charges can add £40 to the cost of a return trip for a family of four - several times the airline's cheapest advertised fares.

From last month, payments by Electron card that had previously been free began to attract the fee and Ryanair switched its free option to MasterCard pre-pay. Mr Fingleton suggested Ryanair had found "some low frequency payment mechanism" to get round the rules.

He said: "On some level, it's quite puerile, it's almost childish, and you sort of smile. And newspapers like yours or BBC Radio 4's Moneybox do a good job in pointing this out to consumers. This is just playing silly games at the margins of it all and we might or might not go running after something like that."

The automatic addition of insurance to flights by airlines including Ryanair, unless customers opt out, was, he said, another legal "grey area". But public anger about such charges might prove to be more effective than regulatory action, he said. "It would be silly to go after something like that every time because they would quickly change it to something else, and it's trying to establish a general principle that what's not optional is not in there. Consumer anger and frustration, and an element of transparency, often changes these things much quicker than legal action."

In July, Ryanair agreed to give more prominence to fees and charges on its website after the OFT's intervention. The OFT had been asked to act by the Advertising Standards Authority, whose rulings have been repeatedly dismissed by the no-frills airline, which carried 58 million passengers last year.

Ryanair responded to Mr Fingleton by referring to the OFT's ongoing inquiry into the long-running price-fixing of fuel surcharges, which eventually led to British Airways being fined £121m three years ago. Stephen McNamara, Ryanair's head of communications, said: "As a general rule, anything that comes from an office that has chosen to ignore fuel surcharging airlines like British Airways and remained mute while London air passengers were being ripped off by the BAA monopoly should be taken with a pinch of salt.

"Ryanair is not for the overpaid John Fingletons of this world but for the everyday Joe Bloggs who opt for Ryanair's guaranteed lowest fares because we give them the opportunity to fly across 26 European countries for free, £5 and £10."

The OFT needed to realise, Ryanair said, that its passengers could avoid costs such as baggage charges "still included in the high fares of high-cost, fuel-surcharging, strike-threatened airlines such as BA". The airline had become Europe's biggest because it was so cheap, he added.

'The central issue now is price transparency'
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UK may take action over Ryanair's payments system

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The head of Britain's business regulator has hit out at Ryanair, saying in a newspaper interview it may act over the way the budget Irish airline almost taunts passengers with its payment system.

John Fingleton, chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading, told the Independent newspaper the airline engaged in "puerile" and "almost childish" behaviour in the way it charges passengers for paying for flights online.

Ryanair rejected the criticism as inaccurate.

The newspaper said Ryanair advertises taxes and other fees up front but only mentions charges for paying by credit card at the end of the booking procedure to prevent customers from opting to use an alternative and free credit card to escape the fee.

Under consumer law, businesses must advertise all compulsory charges, but Ryanair offers one type of card for free.

"Ryanair has this funny game where they have found some low frequency payment mechanism and say 'Well, because you can pay with that (the charge is optional)," the newspaper quoted Fingleton as saying.

"It's almost like taunting consumers and pointing out 'Oh well, we know this is completely outside the spirit of the law, but we think it's within the narrow letter of the law'," he said.

"On some level it's quite puerile, it's almost childish. This is just playing silly games at the margins of it all and we might or might not go running after something like that."

The airline, which has clashed with the regulator before, defended itself to the newspaper.

Ryanair also said in a separate statement there were no hidden fees on its website and it included all non-discretionary charges in its advertised prices.

"Ryanair fails to understand why it was singled out for these inaccurate criticisms by Mr Fingleton, when its charges policies are copied by high fare UK airlines," the airline said.
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Ryanair, Italy resolve row over check-in documents

ROME, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Irish airline Ryanair Holdings on Thursday reached a deal with Italian aviation authorities to resolve a row over check-in documents, averting the cancellation of some flights within Italy.

Ryanair had threatened to stop domestic flights at 10 Italian airports from Jan. 23, saying civil aviation authority ENAC had lowered standards on identification documents and approved fishing permits and company badges as valid IDs.

Under the deal, passengers will have to produce either a passport or a European Union/European Economic Area national identity card on all flights, the low-cost airline said. Tourist-heavy Italy is one of Ryanair's top markets.

ENAC, which had threatened to sue the airline for libel over its statements on security standards at Italian airports, said that Ryanair had apologised for a "misunderstanding" over its comments on security.

Some Italian driving licenses will not be accepted now as valid IDs until the matter is examined further.

Earlier on Thursday, Italian Infrastructure Minister Altero Matteoli was quoted as saying that the airline must observe Italian rules on documents if it wants to operate here.

This is not the first time Ryanair has been at loggerheads with Italian authorities.

It has clashed over Italian plans to shut Rome's Ciampino airport and build an airport further away from the city, and been critical of Italy's state support for national airline Alitalia.
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Further Easyjet expansion at JLA ready for take-off
18 January 2010
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No saturation point, says head of airline

EASYJET chief executive Andy Harrison sees no saturation point for growth in budget air travel - or in capacity at Liverpool John Lennon airport.

The airline is the biggest by passenger numbers at JLA, carrying 2.5m passengers a year, and later this year it will celebrate its 25 millionth passenger through Liverpool since its arrival in 1997.

It already bases nine aircraft at JLA and in June will add a 10th to service three new routes.

And the son of a Bootle docker's family pledged more will follow. He said: "There's no reason to think the growth will stop.

"Over the past three months we have flown 10% more people.

"We have found it easier to win market share in a recession than in the good times.

"We are doing this in the teeth of a recession. In a more normal environment we expect to still move forward. There is no saturation point for us."

Mr Harrison said Easyjet takes a longer-term view than rival Ryanair and sees long-term growth for JLA.

He said: "Easyjet is going to carry on growing in Liverpool.

"We have a much longer term philosophy. We don't just move the planes around like butterflies.

"We have a number of ideas for Liverpool and there will be some new routes coming out in the next couple of months."

Mr Harrison was hosting a tour of Easyjet's JLA facilities for North West Euro MP Brian Simpson, chair of the European Parliament's transport committee, and he backed Mr Simpson's call for Government to provide funds for any extra airport security measures following the latest Delta Airlines scare.

Mr Simpson said: "Terrorism is not an attack on an airline, they're attacking the state, so the state needs to help with the cost of security.

"An airport is not the first line of defence against terrorism, it is the last line, so member states should help aviation with enhanced security measures."

He said security cost airports 5-6% of their total costs in the mid-90s. Now it costs on average between 25% and 26%.

Mr Harrison added: "What we need to avoid is a thoughtless political response to a terrorist threat. We need an intelligent risk-based response. We don't need a knee-jerk reaction.

"The passenger experience is getting worse and costs go up and it is not clear we are safer, so I am encouraged by what Brian is saying."
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Flybe scoops two top trophies at prestigious Business Travel Awards
19 January 2010

UK’s Largest Domestic Airline Sees Off Major Opposition to Win Best Short-Haul Airline and Best Environmental Contribution Awards

Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline, is today celebrating winning not just one, but two accolades at last night’s 2010 Business Travel Awards held in London, widely regarded as the highest recognition given out by the UK business travel industry.

In securing the Best Short-Haul Airline award and beating both British Airways and BMI, Flybe has clearly proved that the business model it adopted upon formation in 2002, with value pricing coupled with a strong commitment to customer service, is now the consumer’s favourite for short haul flights. As a result, Flybe is able to see off both low cost and legacy competitors.

The Best Environmental Contribution award is the sixth award in this field that Flybe has won over the last 18 months and is strong testament to Flybe’s green credentials, especially welcome given that Eurostar was amongst those shortlisted.

Flybe was the only company to win two awards last night and is particularly delighted with the high profile recognition in that they are judged by top industry professionals and are considered amongst the most valued prizes the business travel sector bestows worldwide.

Commenting on the awards, Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “These two latest awards are tremendous news for Flybe, our staff and our passengers. They are a validation of Flybe’s business model that, over the last seven years, has made the airline a force to be reckoned with in European aviation and we are incredibly proud to have received such influential trade recognition.

“Coming just a day after BMI announced the demise of its business class service on domestic routes, the Business Travel Awards are additional recognition that Flybe has driven change throughout our industry.

Mr. Rutter continued: “We are now firmly positioned as an industry leader with a successful regional business model committed to connecting communities and providing an affordable high-quality service for our business travellers.

“Just seven years ago, British European was a broken business model. If we hadn't taken the decision to change from BE to Flybe with all that it entailed, we would not have been around to receive these awards. In the last seven years, we have not only renewed our fleet but created a strong brand and implemented a new business model that has enabled us to position us where we are today. It is no surprise that our value pricing coupled with our strong commitment to delivering customer service has now been recognised as the short haul business model for the new decade.”
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Flybe shows commitment to Birmingham by upping Glasgow flights
Leading regional airline comes to the rescue following bmibaby cutbacks on Glasgow route

Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline, announces that - following the apparent withdrawal from January 29th of winter services between Birmingham and Glasgow by low cost carrier bmibaby - it has significantly increased frequency on this key route to cover the resulting shortfall with seats available now for booking at www.flybe.com.

The gap that has suddenly opened up and obviously hit passengers hard wishing to travel on this popular route has seen Flybe inundated with increased demand for seats to and from Birmingham and Glasgow in recent days.

Should the demise of bmibaby’s services on this route eventually turn out to be one that is permanent and not just a temporary cost-cutting move, it would not be the first time that Flybe has been left holding the baby and stepped in to rescue the day for regional passengers.

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “Flybe’s overriding priority is keeping Britain on the move. While other airlines unfortunately continue to retrench and cut yet more services, we remain committed to filling as many of these abandoned routes as possible so that business and leisure travellers can still have a wide choice of affordable and convenient options to key destinations.

“Flybe appreciates how crucial regional connectivity is as businesses work hard to climb out of these tough economic times and no other UK carrier has yet exhibited a bigger commitment to supporting the UK regions through thick and thin. This is why we have stepped in so quickly to make sure that passengers wanting to travel between Birmingham and Glasgow are not left in the lurch.”

He continues: “As our regional economies slowly climb out of recession, we understand how crucial travel is to thousands of businesses up and down the country. These two cities are playing an important role as real engines of recovery for UK plc and Flybe aims to do everything possible to help them in whatever way we can.”

Flybe currently operates up to 78 flights a week between Birmingham and Glasgow using a combination of its fuel efficient 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft and 118-seat Embraer 195 jet both of which feature a popular and roomy 2x2 seat configuration. One way fares are from £25.99 including taxes and airport charges.
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EasyJet Q1 revenue rise offsets big freeze hit

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - EasyJet grew first quarter revenue by 10.5 percent and said it would deliver higher full-year profit, offsetting losses caused by Britain's big freeze and boosting hopes of a recovery in budget air travel.

The airline, the biggest carrier at London's Gatwick airport, posted revenues of 607.5 million pounds ($991.6 million) as total revenue per seat grew 4.2 percent to 47.50 pounds for the three months to end December.

Shares in easyJet, which have fallen 6 percent in the last three months, were up 5.1 percent at 383.40 pence by 1005 GMT, valuing the airline at around 1.9 billion pounds.

During the quarter, easyJet took delivery of nine Airbus A319 aircraft and said it had sufficient resources to fund future plane deliveries through until June 2011.

"The underlying performance of the business in the first quarter has been encouraging and we are on track to deliver substantial profit improvement in 2010," said Chief Executive Andy Harrison, who is due to leave the company in June.

"EasyJet's pretax result in 2010 at current fuel prices and exchange rates is expected to benefit by around 60 million pounds in the first half and 100 million for the full year."

BIG FREEZE HIT

The airline incurred 8 million pounds of additional operating costs from the snow and freezing weather which disrupted travel in Europe in recent weeks, and expects to take a similar hit in the second quarter.

EasyJet said it carried 11 million passengers in the quarter, up 9.1 percent compared with the same period last year, with 54 percent of customers coming from outside Britain. Its load factor -- a measure of how full its planes were -- grew 2.4 percentage points to 85.8 percent.

"We expect capacity to grow by around 10 percent in the first half and in the full-year," Harrison said on an analyst call, adding that the airline was in the advanced stages of talks to appoint a new finance director.

The worldwide economic downturn has battered the airline industry as consumers cut back on trips.

But earlier this week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said economy travel was growing positively in year-on-year terms, rising 3.5 percent in November and just 4 percent below levels in early 2008.

The industry body forecasts the sector will lose $5.6 billion in 2010, down from a loss of around $11 billion last year.

EasyJet is expected to report an average pretax profit of 169 million pounds for the year to end of September, according to a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll of 15 analysts.

The airline, which typically posts a loss in the first six months of the year and makes the bulk of its profits over the summer, expects to report a pretax loss of between 80 and 95 million in the first-half.

Analysts had previously expected the carrier to lose around 130 million pounds in the six months to the end of March.

"In terms of outlook, the airline remains on track to achieve guidance. Forward bookings are slightly ahead of expectations with over 65 percent of winter seats sold, first-half revenue is performing better than initially forecast," said Davy stockbrokers analyst Simon McGrotty.

Irish low-cost rival Ryanair last week said it could slightly raise its full-year earnings forecast after a strong third quarter and is set to raise fares.
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To be honest i think Bmibaby at Birmingham is being slowly pulled due to expanding there services out of East midlands due to Easyjet pulling out of there. I dont think we will see much Bmibaby at Birmingham at the end of 2010. And then bring on Easyjet at Birmingham is the rumour.
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To be honest i think Bmibaby at Birmingham is being slowly pulled due to expanding there services out of East midlands due to Easyjet pulling out of there. I dont think we will see much Bmibaby at Birmingham at the end of 2010. And then bring on Easyjet at Birmingham is the rumour.
To be honest, I dont think we will be seeing bmi baby anywhere at the end of 2010.
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Easyjet accused in French court over job contracts

CRETEIL, France, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Low-cost airline easyJet was accused of breaking French labour laws on Friday on the first day of a trial in which the airline is charged with unlawfully employing workers on British contracts in Paris.

The case involves contracts for 170 people who worked at Orly airport in Paris between 2003 and 2006.

The company said it changed the contracts for the employees in 2007, following a judicial investigation and it denied that it had abused workers' rights.

"This issue arises from the idea that easyJet carried out a kind of social dumping by trying to profit from more favourable legislation - which would be the British legislation," easyJet's lawyer, Frederique Beaulieu said.

The prosecutor's office, which said the company avoided paying millions of euros in French tax and charges by using the contracts, argued that French labour code is applicable to air transport companies which run operations on French soil.

It said low-cost airlines cannot get around French law by using foreign contracts to cut salary costs and charges even if they are not legal entities in France.

Franck Mikula, president of UNAC, an airline association which represents easyJet competitor Air France among others and which is associated as a civil party to the case, said budget carriers had been abusing the law for some time.

"EasyJet is one of the companies which has been operating in France for many years at French bases, without applying French law," he told Reuters.

"The aim is to slip between the rules, in the loopholes of European legislation in order to make more money," he said.

A judgement is expected in several weeks.
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Ryanair narrows its 3rd quarter losses as fuel costs fall
1 February 2010

DUBLIN (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC on Monday reported a loss of euro10.9 million ($15.22 million) in the third quarter, compared to a loss of euro118.8 million in the same period a year ago when the company spent euro121 million more on fuel.

For the three months ending Dec. 31, Ryanair said operating revenue was up 1.2 percent to euro611.9 million although passenger numbers rose 14 percent.

Ryanair shares were up 5.6 percent at euro3.53 on the London Stock Exchange.

"Market conditions remain difficult, although the increasing pace of consolidation and closures among our competitors allied to Ryanair's continuing fleet expansion will lead to further market share gains this year in particular in Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, and the U.K.," said Chief Executive Michael O'Leary.

For the nine months ending Dec. 31, Ryanair reported a profit of euro376.1 million compared to a loss of euro23.4 million a year earlier.
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Ryanair boss challenges Easyjet rival to foot race

DUBLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Michael O'Leary, boss of low-budget airline Ryanair, famed for cut-throat competition in the skies, has challenged arch-rival Easyjet to a race at ground-level.

After a flurry of legal letters over allegations Ryanair made about Easyjet, O'Leary said he and Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou should settle the matter "man-to-man" with a race around Trafalgar Square in London, rather than wasting money on legal fees.

To throw down the gauntlet, O'Leary held a conference call, saying he had been unable to get to London to convene a press conference because Ryanair flights were already full.

Meanwhile, he was training hard.

"I am currently in rigorous training and believe that my daily regime of 40 cigarettes, 24 beers and extended sessions on the couch watching TV leaves me in perfect shape to beat Stelios in a 21st-century version of the Chariots of Fire race around Trafalgar Square," he said.

If necessary, Ryanair was willing to provide the music from the sound-track of the British film that tells the story of two Olympic athletes.

"If Stelios is too tired to run, then I will offer him the alternative of a wheelbarrow race," O'Leary added.

Asked whether he would also consider a sumo wrestling bout if that's what Stelios preferred, O'Leary said he felt up to that challenge too, or even an arm-wrestling contest.

He also announced he was publishing the exchange of legal correspondence on the Ryanair website, which follow on from British press advertisements placed by Ryanair.

Easyjet -- characteristically more publicity-shy than Ryanair -- has declined to comment.
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Ryanair to build new maintenance hangar at Glasgow Prestwick
10 February 2010

Ryanair, Glasgow’s largest airline, today (10 February 2010) announced that it will build a second maintenance hangar at Glasgow Prestwick Airport at a cost of £8 million, which will create 200 new engineering jobs, increasing the total jobs sustained by Ryanair in Glasgow to over 2,400.

The facility, which is due to open in October 2010, was announced at Glasgow Prestwick Airport by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond and Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary.

The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Prestwick Airport secured this 6,000 sq/m hangar investment despite intense competition from five other Ryanair bases throughout Europe.

By securing this new investment Glasgow Prestwick Airport has helped to create over 400 engineering and support jobs between the two hangars, which will maintain a large portion of Ryanair’s 210 aircraft fleet.

Ryanair recently announced that they will base a sixth aircraft at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, with three new routes to Carcassonne, Fuerteventura and Ibiza launching later this year.

Ryanair fly to 29 European destinations from Glasgow, carrying over 2 million passengers per year to and from the airport.

FlyGlasgow has learned that Ryanair are in talks with Glasgow Prestwick Airport to base a seventh aircraft at the airport by the summer, however nothing has yet been confirmed.

For the latest on this and all other news from Glasgow’s Airlines Industry, check back with FlyGlasgow frequently.


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