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Ryanair Shuts Down Lauda’s Vienna Base Following Union Disagreement

The parent company of Laudamotion, Ryanair Holdings, has decided to close the company's base in Vienna, resulting in job losses for more than 300 Lauda employees. The airline, which takes its name from the late Formula 1 legend and ex-airline owner Niki Lauda began operations in 2018 under the Laudamotion name. Ryanair completed the takeover of the company in January 2019, making Lauda the only airline within the Ryanair group to operate Airbus aircraft. The announcement today comes as no…

Ryanair Slashes Jobs as Low-Cost Demand Dwindles

Ryanair has announced that over 250 office jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These jobs have been cut at its offices in Dublin, Madrid, Wroclaw in Poland and Stansted near London, which are due to re-open on June 1. Ryanair staff levels will reduce in four of…

IATA Predicts European Airline Revenue Losses of $89 Billion

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted that European airlines will see demand drop by 55 percent in 2020 compared to 2019 and potential revenue losses will total $89 billion. The association revised its loss prediction of $76 billion made last month as the impact of the novel coronavirus…

Eurocontrol Highlights Extent of European Capacity Cuts

European air traffic management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol is reporting a weekly average decline in year-on-year movements close to 90 percent in the region. The body which acts as a support for both civil and military use of European airspace has 41 member states and 2 comprehensive agreement states (Israel and…

European Airlines Cancel Flights to Italy

The United Kingdom flag carrier British Airways has decided to cancel all flights to and from Italy until at least April 4. This follows the decision by the Italian government to implement a country-wide lockdown, affecting all 60 million residents. Italy has seen around 9,000 cases of the COVID-19 with…

Airlines Further Adjust Flight Programs Following COVID-19

Airlines across the world are continuing to downsize their flying program in response to the drop in demand, following the outbreak of COVID-19 as it sweeps across the world. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has been battling the effects of the virus since the outbreak back in December no thanks to…

Brazilian Government Eyes Invitation to JetBlue, Ryanair to Fly in…

Local media reported that the Brazilian government could approach JetBlue, Ryanair, and other low-cost airlines during the forum of leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Association of Air Transport to convince them to fly in the domestic market in Brazil in an attempt to reduce airfare in the country.…

Ryanair Boss Predicts More European Airline Collapses

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will on Monday conclude the largest peacetime repatriation of more than 140,000 U.K. citizens after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook. The final flight, from Orlando to Manchester, is the last of 746 flights undertaken in the two weeks since holidaymakers were left…

Ryanair Faces Disruptions Due to Potential U.K. Strike Action and…

Another week marks another announcement of the possibility of strike action affecting airline passengers traveling to and from the U.K., further adding to the uncertainty facing the U.K. aviation industry this summer. Following notices of potential industrial action by various aviation employee groups affecting operations at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted…

France Decides on More Taxes for Aviation Sector

Following a less than successful attempt last year by the French government to increase tax revenues by proposing an increase in fuel taxes, particularly diesel fuel, the government is back at it doing what governments do best. France next year plans on introducing an “eco tax” ranging from 1.5 to…