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New U.K. Restrictions Force Airlines to Reschedule and Cancel Flights

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Monday that his country was entering a new lockdown this week. Forced by the dramatic health situation due to the new COVID-19 strain, the British government ordered its citizens to stay at home unless very exceptional circumstances required. This situation will last, at least, until mid-February if not longer. From next week, the United Kingdom will be asking to everyone entering the country a negative PCR test prior to their arrival at the…

Ryanair Announce Schedule Cuts and Further Downgrades Annual Forecast

Ryanair has advised financial markets that schedules will be cut and forecasts lowered due to stricter countrywide lockdowns and travel restrictions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and a number of European countries. The Irish airline now forecasts total passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021 to total just over…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 25: Milk Runs and New Aircraft

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor.…

Ryanair Orders an Additional 75 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Dublin-based Ryanair became the first airline to place an order for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft since the aircraft was ungrounded by the Federal Aviation Administration in mid-November. The low-cost airline placed an order for 75 of the aircraft, bringing the airline's outstanding order total to 210 of the newest Boeing narrow…

New Irish Carrier Seeks Aer Lingus Regional Contract

Aer Lingus is seeking tenders for its regional operations in Britain and Ireland and a new carrier has entered the bidding for the contract which will be effective from December 2022. The Irish carrier relies on the regional connections to feed its international route operations which will play a significant…

737 MAX May Be Back in European Skies by December

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has reportedly given approval for the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to the region’s skies. The agency had reported on Sept. 11 that test flights of the aircraft had been completed in Vancouver, Canada due to Covid restrictions. Data from those test…

Italian Authorities Threaten to Ban Ryanair Over COVID-19 Procedures

The largest low-cost carrier in Europe has been told it may face restrictions or even a ban on its flights to Italy should it be found to flout safety rules relating to COVID-19. Irish carrier Ryanair has been specifically mentioned by Italian authorities over its apparent failure to follow rules…

Ryanair Threatens to Close Frankfurt Base After Pilot Union Rejects…

Ryanair has announced it will be closing its base at Frankfurt-Hahn airport after German pilots rejected a proposed pay deal. Ryanair, which over the past three years has made over £3.2 billion ($4.1 billion) over the past three years, is using the coronavirus as a reason to reduce its crew…

Union Praises Ryanair’s ‘Constructive’ Approach to Minimize U.K. Job Losses

Ryanair’s U.K.-based cabin crew have followed the airline’s U.K-based pilots in accepting a deal to secure jobs as the aviation industry copes with the significant decrease in passenger demand because of the COVID-19 crisis. The 4-year agreement negotiated with the UNITE union includes productivity improvements and pay cuts of between…

Wizz Air Takes Legal Action Against Ryanair Over Buzz Brand

Europe’s two low-cost giants Ryanair and Wizz Air are in an open conflict over Buzz, a subsidiary of the Ryanair Group, as announced by Ryanair in a statement on Friday. Wizz Air previously filed a lawsuit against Ryanair to block its rival low-cost carrier from using the Buzz brand. The…