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A Ryanair 737-800 in Brussels (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Unlikely Allies Join Forces to Demand Action on European ATC Strikes

The bosses of two of Europe's most prominent airline operators have united in their intent to submit a complaint to the European Commission in Brussels over air traffic control (ATC) strikes, which they claim are in danger of getting out of control. The CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG), Willie Walsh, and his Ryanair counterpart Michael O'Leary have both voiced similar concerns at what they regard as excessive, disruptive, and needless ATC strikes, which have caused flight chaos across Europe…

While Uncertainty Looms, Low-Cost Carriers Continue Preparing for Brexit

The United Kingdom and the European Union will be going their separate ways next spring, leaving many to wonder how airlines are preparing for potential changes. While both sides have already agreed to a transitional period to renegotiate air traffic rules until 2020, Ryanair and Easyjet are not taking this…

Ryanair Adds to All-Boeing Fleet with 737 MAX Order

Boeing and European low-cost carrier Ryanair announced on Tuesday that they finalized an order for 25 additional high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. "We are pleased to announce the exercise of 25 Boeing 737 "Gamechanger"…

Record-Breaking March Points Toward Another Successful Year for Ryanair

It was another successful March for low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair, with the announcement this week that passenger numbers are up six percent on the same time last year, with a total of ten million passengers carried. Load factor also increased marginally to 95 percent. It looks to be another record-breaking…

Lufthansa Connects Glasgow with Its Largest Hub

On Monday, Lufthansa commenced a new service between Frankfurt, Germany and Glasgow. The addition of the Frankfurt route will complement the five weekly flights the airline currently flies between Glasgow and Munich. Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group said, “This new daily service opens up…

Ryanair and Air Europa: Closer Than Ever Before

In May 2017, Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair and Globalia Group's Spanish carrier Air Europa announced a partnership that would advance in phases towards an improved passenger experience. The goal was simple: to mutually benefit from the other company's route offerings. Now, that plan seems to be moving forward. Air Europa…

French Air Traffic Control Goes on Strike…Again

Given the propensity of labor strikes on the European continent, it comes as no surprise that there is yet another air traffic controller strike in France. Since 2010, air traffic control (ATC) strikes have cost the Eurozone economy nearly 12 billion euros and passengers have faced nearly an entire year’s…

Ryanair Acquires 75 Percent Stake In Niki Lauda’s LaudaMotion

Dublin-based Ryanair has announced that it will be purchasing a 75 percent stake in a new airline founded by former Austrian Formula One champion Niki Lauda. The announcement comes just two months after IAG had made a failed offer to acquire the airline, previously known as Niki. Lauda's airline, rebranded…

An Irish Alliance: Aer Lingus and Ryanair Sign Flight-Connection Deal

Ireland's two largest airlines have agreed to a historic deal to connect short and long-haul routes out of the country's capital, Dublin. Flag-carrier Aer Lingus and eminent low-cost carrier Ryanair signed the cooperation agreement that will allow easier connection for customers looking to explore Europe and beyond. It's a particularly unusual move…

Business As Usual for Ryanair: New Routes and New Strikes…

In European aviation, certain things are always to be expected. It could be weather disrupting flights in some part of the continent, or a once-prestigious carrier announcing yet more financial woes. In the case of Europe's Ryanair, it's usually the announcement of yet more routes, industrial action, or controversy involving…