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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:25 PM   #1781
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There should be another page for I hate Easy Shi... too... worst airlines around the globe!!! perhaps the meanest crew and flight attendants in the history of commercial aviation...
Funny, I have actually never encountered problems with them and the sheer fact that there is no ''I hate easyJet'' site yet only proves me right.
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Not every passenger is happy with Ryanair: "O'Leary suggested the airline might do away with co-pilots by training flight attendants to fill their role"??

'I Hate Ryanair' website handed over ... to Ryanair
Brisbane Times - Craig Platt - October 13, 2010
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/trav...013-16iux.html



An angry passenger who set up a website called 'I Hate Ryanair' has been ordered to hand over the site's name to the airline he despises.

Robert Tyler, of London, set up the site in 2007 as a means for disgruntled Ryanair passengers to share their horror stories about the budget carrier.

Outspoken Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary complained about the site in April this year, branding the website "vitriolic and highly disparaging", the Guardian reports.

Despite the fact that the website made clear it had no official links to the airline, authorities ruled the web address had to be handed over to Ryanair because Tyler had made money from the site.

The adjudicators at Nominet, which manages web addresses in Britain, said Tyler had made £322 in advertising revenue from the site. This was the crucial factor that saw Tyler forced to shut down the site.

One of Nominet's experts, Jane Seager said if the domain name used a company's brand it “must be wholly devoted to honest criticism and open discussion and not potentially tainted by commercial concerns".

Ryanair had accused the site of taking unfair advantage of its brand name and making defamatory statements about the airline's service and safety standards.

However, the airline's victory has been shortlived. Tyler immediately set up a new website, ihateryanair.org, which he stated on the hompage would “continue to provide you with all the latest" on "this pathetic excuse for an airline”.

“We are yet to decide on whether or not to appeal the decision,” the site read. “It costs around £3000 to do so, which could be used instead to buy 16,000,000 Ryanair flights (not including booking fees, credit card fees, baggage fees, bus from the airport in the middle of nowhere etc).”

Ryanair has regularly courted controversy in Europe over its cost-cutting measures. Most recently O'Leary suggested the airline might do away with co-pilots by training flight attendants to fill their role.

Other suggestions O'Leary has made - possibly in jest - including charging passengers to use the toilets on board aircraft, installing 'standing room' seats and suggesting passengers carry their own checked luggage to the plane's cargo hold.


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I used easy shi... twice in my last trip to Europe... I was left on Venice due to easy jet employees strike... I tried to get some help from their part maybe to be relocated on the next flight they would'nt care... they told me I had to call to easy jet help center but the call was on my cost and it was very expensive... then when I send a claim they change the original flight departure from Venice to CDG... even though I had the ticket printed and also I send it to them... then I had problems again flying out from CDG to London my luggage was left at CDG they did not care that London was my final destination to catch Continental flight to fly back to my country... now what I think from Easy Shi... they stole my money and also lie... They should learn a bit of customer care from other airlines...
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Old November 1st, 2010, 07:12 PM   #1784
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Ryanair fares to rise almost 10%
2 November 2010
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No-frills airline says an increase in ticket prices over the next six months will push up profits to between €380m and €400m

Ryanair raised full-year profit targets this morning after the budget airline said passengers will pay more for their fares this winter than previously expected.

Europe's largest short-haul carrier said yields, or average fares, would rise by close to 10% over the next six months and push net profits from a forecast range of €350m (£304.5m)-€375m to between €380m and €400m. Last week British Airways swung back into profit for the first time in two years thanks, in part, to a double-digit increase in yields.

First-half figures from Ryanair this morning reaffirmed the airline's status as one of the most profitable in the industry, with net profits for the six months to 30 September rising by 17% to €451.9m.

However, that was not enough to assuage the disappointment of some market watchers after the airline missed second-quarter profit expectations by nearly 10%. Andrew Lobbenberg, analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland, described the figures as "mixed bag", with the improved full-year outlook offset by a surprise rise in unit costs – or the cost of flying one passenger. That metric rose by 17% in the second quarter, stunning observers who are used to an assiduous focus on cost-cutting by Ryanair.

"This is a mixed bag of messages. The full-year upgrade was positive but they missed market expectations for the quarter and it was quite a weak cost performance, with unit costs rising by 17% in the second quarter. That's not meant to happen at Ryanair," said Lobbenberg.

First half revenues increased by nearly a quarter to €2.18bn, driven by an expanding fleet and 12% hike in average fares. Ryanair carried more passengers over the six-month period than British Airways does in a year, with 40 million people using its planes.

Analysts said the seasonal dip in Ryanair's performance over the winter – typical in the airline business – explained why the first-half profit is higher than the expected full-year number. Analysts expect Ryanair to make only a small profit in the third quarter and then a loss in the fourth quarter, during the traditionally quiet January to March period.

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive, said the airline was continuing to increase revenues and profits even in a recession. However, the six-month profit number excluded hits of more than €45m from the Icelandic volcano disruption and a further writedown of the carrier's 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus.

O'Leary added that he expected established carriers such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France to cut back on short-haul capacity over the next two years and raise fares, with Ryanair following in their slipstream. "The underlying trend for air fares for the next couple of years is likely to be very slowly upwards." O'Leary said the 12% fare increase was largely due to the airline flying longer trips, incurring higher fuel costs that must be recouped by ticket prices.

Ryanair's average fare over the past six months, including baggage check-in fees, was €44 and O'Leary said he expected fares to continue rising "over the next year or two". Some analysts view this as a consequence of following higher-paying passengers into more expensive airports, where the more costly landing fees help to push up prices.

O'Leary also warned that baggage check-in charges – which in the summer months cost £20 a bag and £35 for a second bag – will increase next summer. Add-on fees are a lucrative business for Ryanair and rose by 22% to €423.8m in the first half, more than double the rate of passenger growth – due in part to customers spending more on longer flights. Asked why he planned to push up baggage charges – a bugbear for some Ryanair travellers – O'Leary said it was to "piss off Yemeni parcel bombers", in a reference to Friday's latest airline terror scare.

O'Leary also echoed last week's criticism of a UK flight tax increase by his BA counterpart, Willie Walsh. Air passenger duty hikes came into force today and will see the tax for short-haul passengers increase from £11 to £12. Because the charge applies to passengers departing UK airports, it represents a double-whammy for customers on domestic flights who are hit with the levy twice. O'Leary backed Walsh's warning that the APD increase could hit the UK's nascent economic recovery by dissuading people from visiting and/or leaving the UK.

"I have no doubt that the increase in APD will have a negative effect on bookings to and from the UK," said O'Leary, referring to a market that accounts for 30 million Ryanair passengers a year. "It does not make much sense if you are an island on the periphery of Europe to be taxing the only means of getting on and off the island."
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Old November 13th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #1785
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Ryanair says plans to further cut German flights

BERLIN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Ryanair is planning to further scale down its German operations next year in response to a planned air passenger tax, its Chief Executive said on Tuesday.

Details on cuts to the 2011 summer flight schedule affecting its Niederrhein, Bremen und Berlin airports would be announced before Christmas, CEO Michael O'Leary told a press conference in Berlin.

Ryanair said last month that it would cancel flights on nine routes from its airport in Hahn, its largest German base, in 2011.

The initial cutbacks would reduce the number of passengers Europe's biggest low-cost carrier transports from Hahn by almost a quarter to 2.9 million and affect about 1,000 jobs, Ryanair's deputy chief said at the time.

The German government, battling to find new ways of closing its budget gap, has announced plans to raise 1 billion euros ($1.40 billion) a year by taxing air passengers between 8 euros and 45 euros per flight.

German airlines' association BDF has said it expects 10,000 jobs to shift abroad and German passenger volumes to drop by 5 million per year as a result of the tax.

Hahn airport, mainly used by Ryanair, is a former U.S. military air field about 100 kilometres west of Frankfurt.
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Old November 14th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #1786
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Very good. Hope one day Ryanair will disappear completly from german soil and airspace. And regional state governments should stop wasting tax payer money to open low cost airports for this airline. If Ryanair wants to fly to Germany they should accept normal airport fares at the major airports.
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About 90 passengers stage sit-in, refuse to leave diverted Ryanair plane in Belgium for hours
17 November 2010

LIEGE, Belgium (AP) - Some 90 irate passengers staged a nearly five-hour sit-in on a Ryanair plane in Belgium early Wednesday, refusing to disembark after their flight was diverted due to fog. Authorities said some spat at airport staff.

The passengers, mostly French tourists returning from a Moroccan vacation, refused to leave after the plane landed about midnight at Liege airport because fog had closed down Beauvais airport in northern France.

"It was a very tense situation," said Christian Delcourt, the spokesman for the Liege Airport. "Some of these people were very aggressive, very rude."

Passengers from three other diverted Ryanair planes had accepted an offer of bus transportation to Beauvais, 350 kilometers (225 miles) away. But those on the fourth plane refused to leave and haggled for hours with Ryanair officials who had asked them to wait inside the airport.

"The passengers were unreasonable and refused to follow the advice which would have allowed them to complete their journey," Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said in a statement.

He said Ryanair crew left "the aircraft when passengers became disruptive," adding it is "standard safety procedure" for airlines to divert to another airport when weather closes the destination airport.

Delcourt said the passengers finally left the plane at the request of police.

"Some were aggressive to airport staff. They spat at them," he told The Associated Press.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #1788
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Ryanair to cut 24 flights in fees protest
18 November 2010
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RYANAIR has announced it is cutting back on flights out of Dublin Airport, including a 50% reduction in its daily services to Cork from next year.

The airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, confirmed yesterday Ryanair will axe 24 return flights out of Dublin each week from next January in protest at increased fees charged by the Dublin Airport Authority, as well as the Government’s €10 tourist tax.

Mr O’Leary said the reduction in flights would see passenger numbers at Dublin Airport fall by 380,000 per annum and would result in the transfer of some 400 Ryanair personnel to other bases in Europe.

As part of the cutbacks the, Dublin-Cork service will be cut from two daily return flights to one from the start of 2011, while there will also be cutbacks in the number of flights from Dublin to Edinburgh, East Midlands, Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester.

While Mr O’Leary primarily blamed the decision to scale back services out of Dublin on DAA charges, he acknowledged that the full opening of the Dublin-Cork motorway as well as cheaper fares from Iarnród Éireann had also impacted on the numbers flying between the two cities.

He made no reference to the fact that his airline’s add-on charges have also increased dramatically in recent years.

The colourful airline boss also lashed out over Dublin Airport’s new terminal, T2, which will be formally opened by Taoiseach Brian Cowen tomorrow.

Mr O’Leary said the building should be mothballed due to falling passenger numbers.

Mr O’Leary described T2 as a major white elephant akin to the Taj Mahal which will cost €1.2 billion – a figure disputed by the DAA.

The Dublin Airport Authority claims the total cost of the new terminal is €609m.

"At a time when Terminal 1 has capacity for 30 million passengers and Dublin Airport’s traffic has declined for a second year to less than 18 million passengers, it is clear that the DAA’s €1.2bn T2 is a turkey which Irish tourism doesn’t need this Christmas," said Mr O’Leary.

On the economy, the outspoken businessman said it was clear that the country was bankrupt and that he would welcome a bailout by the International Monetary Fund.

"The Government and the civil service are incapable of managing the economy," the Ryanair boss remarked.

Mr O’Leary said that the arrival of the IMF would be a positive development as it would demand "reform, competition and privatisation".

O’Leary: Ad was tasteful

ON recent criticism over a controversial newspaper ad for Ryanair which referred to a recent incident involving Cork DJ Neil Prendeville, Mr O’Leary was unapologetic.

"We ran an ad slagging off Aer Lingus. I thought it was not alone tasteful but topical, humorous and witty," said the airline boss.

Mr O’Leary said the only subject he wouldn’t satirise to promote his airline was safety.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #1789
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Petra braced for easyJet hordes
By Simon Calder Senior Travel Editor
16 December 2010
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THE NEW star rising in the East is orange: easyJet's latest route, going on sale later this morning, connects Gatwick with Amman in Jordan. The no-frills airline's maiden flight to Queen Alia International Airport in the Jordanian capital will take off on 27 March. The link opens up the ancient city of Petra, the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the Roman ruins of Jerash to the easyJet set.

Jordan's tourism industry, which has endured a difficult decade, will be jubilant at the prospect of around 12,000 new arrivals a year. David Symes, director of the Jordan Tourist Board in the UK, said: "The majority of our visitors are independent travellers, which makes easyJet a good option - travellers can be more flexible with their itineraries."

The airline already flies from Luton to Tel Aviv, making it feasible to construct "open-jaw" trips to the Holy Land using no-frills flights, travelling overland via Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to Amman. The link with Jordan also opens up intriguing possibilities for more intrepid explorers. Amman is the main hub for flights to Iraq, with links to Baghdad, Mosul and Basra. While independent travellers will welcome another low-cost gateway to the Middle East, the move constitutes an attack on the two incumbent airlines currently flying from Heathrow to Amman. One is Royal Jordanian, an alliance partner with British Airways; the other is BMI, part of the German airline, Lufthansa. A series of test bookings made yesterday by The Independent on the Heathrow-Amman route failed to find a return fare below £463. The average easyJet fare is expected to be around half as much; the absolute lowest fare on the new route is £106 return.

Paul Simmons, the airline's UK regional manager, said "We can get there at a much lower price that at present. They can cut fares a little bit, but not enough to trouble us." A spokesman for BMI said: "It's a long flight to Amman, so better to do it in comfort on a full-service, great-value airline like BMI. We love flying to Amman and our customers love flying us to Amman."

A new "open-skies" agreement between the EU and Jordan has just been signed, opening the prospect of other European low-cost carriers muscling in on the market.

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Decision on Ryanair probe put back until early January
20 December 2010
Irish Independent

Ryanair will have to wait until the new year for a decision from the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as to whether it believes a probe into the carrier's near 30pc stake in Aer Lingus is necessary, amid competition concerns.

The OFT, which is headed by former boss of the Irish Competition Authority John Fingleton, announced in October that it had initiated a merger investigation over Ryanair's holding in Aer Lingus to determine whether the airline has exerted "material influence" over the former state-owned carrier's strategy, and if the stake building has led to a substantial lessening of competition.

The OFT had been due to announce by Christmas Eve whether it would refer the case to the UK's Competition Commission for a full-blown investigation.

However, a spokesman for the OFT told the Irish Independent that the decision date has been put back to the new year. He declined to give a reason for the delay. It's likely that the OFT will reveal its decision some time in early January.

But even if the OFT wants to refer the case to the Competition Commission, it will find it difficult to do so. The OFT has conceded it has to first examine whether it remains within the statutory time period necessary to launch the probe.

Typically, the OFT has a four-month window from when an event occurs to trigger an investigation. Ryanair main-tains that since it made its first hostile move against Aer Lingus in 2006, the OFT is out of time on the issue. Independent competition lawyers in the UK have also queried how the OFT could overcome the time limit.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said the OFT should not be able to proceed.

"We think they're clearly out of time for this investigation," he said. "We've sent in our submission and I think it's conclusive. It's absurd to think they can come back four years after the first takeover attempt and say they think there's a basis for investigating."

The European Commission blocked the initial takeover attempt of Aer Lingus by Ryanair, but the European Court of Justice said earlier this year it couldn't overturn a previous decision by the commission that Ryanair couldn't be forced to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus has previously welcomed the OFT decision to examine Ryanair's stake.
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Ryanair launches Plovdiv-Barcelona flight

SOFIA, December 22 (Dnevnik BFNS) - Irish low-cost airline Ryanair will launch flights from Plovdiv, southern Bulgaria, to Barcelona in March 2011, servicing the destination two times a week, a source at the company said as quoted by Dnevnik.

The air carrier will officially unveil the route today, but tickets for the destination are yet to be offered for sale. Plovdiv airport's executive director, Doychin Angelov, confirmed the launch of a new regular flight to Spain but declined to provide further details. The route is currently serviced by Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air, with return fares for the end of March amounting to BGN 362.98, excluding luggage taxes, according to information available on the airline's website.

Ryanair has been operating flights from and to Bulgaria since November, when the airline launched the Plovdiv-London destination.
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EasyJet confirms order for 15 Airbus A320s

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Low-cost airline easyJet has confirmed an order for 15 Airbus A320 aircraft and switched a deal for the delivery of 20 A319 aircraft to the larger A320 to help it gain share in the European market.

The company also said on Tuesday it had secured options over a further 33 A320 aircraft, taking its total number of options to 42, and strengthening its relationship with the European manufacturer.

It currently operates 185 A320 family aircraft and eight Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

EasyJet said it had been granted substantial price concession from Airbus and its engine maker on the total list price of about $1.1 billion for the 15 A320s.

Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said the orders would help deliver easyJet's growth strategy, whilst providing even more flight capacity for passengers.

EasyJet, which switched allegiance from Boeing to Airbus in 2002, said it continued to maintain a productive dialogue with the U.S. manufacturer Boeing on its current and future programmes.
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Ryanair faces UK probe over Aer Lingus stake

LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Britain's Office of Fair Trading is to probe Ryanair's stake in Irish rival Aer Lingus on competition grounds, more than four years after the budget airline bought the minority holding.

Irish airline Ryanair, which owns 29.8 percent of Aer Lingus, said it would appeal against the OFT's decision on the grounds it came too long after the event. Aer Lingus welcomed the OFT move and said it would cooperate fully with the watchdog.

Ryanair mounted a public takeover for all of Aer Lingus in October 2006, but the European Commission investigated the bid and decided to prohibit it in June 2007.

The OFT said Ryanair's Aer Lingus stake raised potential competition concerns.

It said it had been hindered from launching a probe in 2006-2007 due to the commission's investigation. Any inquiry had then been delayed by appeals relating to the EU's decisions, but the watchdog believed it now had grounds to get back on the case and launch a fresh review.

"We recognise that this case raises important legal and policy issues in relation to whether competition authorities should be able to apply national merger control legislation whilst related appeals are ongoing under the European Commission Merger Regulation," Sheldon Mills, director of mergers at the OFT, said in a statement.

"We believe that an interpretation of the law that could lead to inconsistent outcomes at national and European level risks undermining the coherence of merger control in the EU," Mills said, adding that the OFT believed it was legally "in time" to review the stake.

Ryanair said it would appeal against the OFT's decision, adding that since the watchdog had missed its original chance to review the Aer Lingus deal back in 2007, it now had no legal grounds to launch a fresh investigation.

"Ryanair adamantly maintains that even if the OFT had jurisdiction back in June 2007, it is now legally out of time because it failed to investigate this offer within 4 months of the EU prohibition in June 2007," it said in a statement.

The OFT said it is normally able to refer mergers to the UK Competition Commission within four months of completion or from the time material facts about the merger are made public.

But a section of the 2002 Enterprise Act allows for it to refer deals outside this timetable if a reference could not have been made earlier because of EC merger regulation.

The OFT's statement came after the stock market closed. Ryanair shares ended up 2.5 percent while Aer Lingus shares closed up 1 percent.
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Ryanair says December traffic rose 2 percent

DUBLIN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Ryanair carried five million passengers in December, two percent more than a year earlier, the Irish airline said on Thursday.

Europe's biggest low-cost airline said its December load factor -- a measure of how well a carrier is selling available seats -- was 80 percent, down 1 percentage point from a year ago.

Overall, Ryanair carried nearly 73 million passengers last year.
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Air Southwest has today announced changes to its operational schedule and will cease flying from Newquay and Plymouth airports to London Gatwick from February 1 this year.

All passengers booked to fly from Newquay will be contacted and offered an alternative Flybe flight free of charge. Passengers booked from Plymouth will be contacted and refunded.

The rest of the Air Southwest schedule is unaffected. The airline will continue to operate regular scheduled services from Newquay to Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Dublin, Cork, Newcastle and Glasgow; and from Plymouth to Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Jersey, Guernsey, Dublin, Cork and Glasgow
Shoehorned in I know, but there seems to be no 'general Aviation news thread' dedicated to the UK.
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Old January 11th, 2011, 02:33 PM   #1797
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Ryanair departs from Marseille as French chase taxes
10 January 2011
The Guardian

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities.

O'Leary has been engaged in a stand-off since pilots' unions and the state took legal action against him for employing Marseille-based crew on Irish contracts rather than paying higher social security and tax in France. It is the first time Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, has faced legal action of this kind.

A furious O'Leary, fearing large fines, said he would remove his staff and from tomorrow, Ryanair will no longer have its Mediterranean hub in the French port. Its aircraft and 200 jobs will be moved to rival airports in Spain, Italy and Lithuania in protest at what O'Leary called the "ill-judged" ways of France.

Ryanair launched its Marseille maintenance hub in 2006, boasting that it would open up Provence to tourists and "save" the French from Air France's high fares.

The French low-cost market, with its large number of UK second-home owners, is a key growth area for budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet. The year that Ryanair based itself in Marseille, a French book called "Help! The English are invading!" detailed how local French mayors, airports and chambers of commerce had offered financial incentives to bring low-cost airlines to the regions.

Ryanair quickly became the second biggest carrier in Marseille, bringing in 1.7m passengers last year. But France's second largest pilots' union complained that staff based in Marseille were working under Irish contracts and paying no taxes in France.

O'Leary, who saved 30% on high French social charges by using Irish contracts, said he was abiding by European law because his workers were mobile and worked on "Irish registered aircraft defined as Irish territory".

French courts ruled against Ryanair, saying that employees of foreign airlines living in France come under French social security and tax law.

"Sadly, the loss of four aircraft, 200 jobs and 13 routes at Marseille is a high price necessary to demonstrate these are mobile Irish workers," O'Leary said, before axing over half of his Marseille routes and taking the case to the European court of human rights.

Jacques Pfister of Marseille's chamber of commerce said that Ryanair's presence had brought euros 550m into the local economy over four years, saying the court ruling was like "putting the brakes on development".

Jean-Claude Gaudin, Marseille's mayor and a key figure in Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling rightwing party in the south, wrote to the president urging him to drop the action and scrap a decree that foreign airline workers in France should pay French tax. He said the decree, aimed at protecting Air France from competition, was obsolete.

One local centrist MP begged O'Leary to stay, while the Communist party accused him of blackmail in threatening to quit Marseille. Ryanair said it would continue to fly 10 routes, including London to Marseille, using planes based elsewhere.

The British budget airline, easyJet, which intends to expand in France this year, has also fallen foul of French law. Last year it was fined euros 1.4m for breaching French labour law by hiring 170 staff under British contracts at Paris's Orly airport.
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Airline hails Estonia flight
12 January 2011
Edinburgh Evening News

BUDGET airline Ryanair has celebrated the first flight on its route between Edinburgh and the Estonian capital Tallinn.

The Irish carrier now has around 30 routes from Edinburgh Airport, having expanded its operations in recent years.

Ryanair's Maria Macken said: "Ryanair is delighted to welcome passengers on board its inaugural flight from Edinburgh to Tallinn.

"Ryanair will operate three flights a week to the Estonian capital on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays."

In November the airline launched new services to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
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EasyJet Bosses Waive Annual Bonuses After Tough Year
19 January 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)--EasyJet PLC's (EZJ.LN) bosses waived their rights to bonuses for 2010 after the budget airline suffered from a series of disruptions and a slew of negative publicity last year.

Accounts show that the management considered it inappropriate to accept their bonuses even if the amount was adjusted to take into account the impact of volcanic ash clouds on European air traffic, because the carrier also suffered from "further operating problems over the summer" that also resulted in "difficulties experienced by customers and staff."

Chief Executive Carolyn McCall would have received GBP159,000, while Chief Financial Officer Chris Kennedy would have been eligible for GBP48,000. Former CEO Andy Harrison would have received GBP267,000.

The Icelandic volcano, which forced the closure of much of Europe's airspace for a week in April, increased easyJet's costs by GBP27.3 million and resulted in GBP30 million of lost revenue.

Performance targets were fully met, but certain management and staff, excluding the executive management team, would have been entitled to 50% of their maximum entitlement.

The budget carrier had admitted to having crew shortages, struggling with scheduling that left pilots out of place and failing to meet punctuality targets for the year. Operations were also hit by strikes by air-traffic controllers across Spain.

McCall's annual basic salary is GBP665,000 plus GBP48,000 as a cash alternative to a pension plan contribution. Kennedy's basic salary is GBP400,000.

Accounts confirmed that Harrison received GBP750,000 for the period from April 1 to Sept. 30 and a GBP250,000 bonus that ensured a smooth transition. He left June 30 but agreed to be available on a consultative basis. He also received GBP1.2 million as a retention bonus to stay with the company after he resigned.
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