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Ryanair Announce New Routes to Jordan: The Beginning of Low-Cost Long-Haul Flights for the Airline?

Ryanair has announced an expansion to operations east of the Mediterranean, with two new services to Jordan. Initial services will begin from Cyprus to the Jordanian capital's Queen Alia International Airport in March, followed by multiple routes from across mainland Europe to the southern resort of Aqaba. The Irish low-cost carrier, describing itself as 'Europe's favorite airline,' made the announcement on Sunday. As with all other Ryanair operations, the new routes will be serviced by Boeing 737s and will operate…

Ryanair Narrowly Avoids Christmas Disruption

Ryanair has narrowly avoided disruption to its services after its pilots called off a pre-Christmas strike.  On Sunday, the airline's pilots called off a planned strike after the Irish carrier’s management agreed to recognize the trade union "Impact" who is acting at the pilot’s representatives. The union announced that the…

Ryanair Responds to Strike Notice from Dublin-Based Pilots

There appears to turbulent skies ahead for Ryanair flights leading up to the Christmas travel rush as Dublin-based pilots issued a full day's strike notice for Dec.20. In a provocative press release issued by the Irish carrier this week entitled 'Ryanair To Face Down IALPA Threatened Strike', the airline made…

Customer Service Slowly Becomes a Priority for Low-Cost Carriers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects four billion passengers to travel in 2017, and is forecasting nearly eight billion to be flying by 2036. Orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at last week’s Dubai Airshow will go some way to meeting that demand, but airlines are also seeking to…

Ryanair Reports Strong First Half Results

On Tuesday, Ryanair announced its first half (H1) results, reporting increased revenue and passenger numbers compared to the same period last year. This is despite controversies earlier this year when a number of flights were cancelled due to pilot-rostering issues. H1 figures represent the first six months of the financial…

Lufthansa and EasyJet Among Seven Bidders in Battle for Alitalia

Alitalia today confirmed that it has received seven offers for part or all of the company. The airline entered formal bankruptcy proceedings in May, with the deadline for formal offers to purchase passing on Monday evening. So far, only Lufthansa and EasyJet have expressed an interest in part, but not all…

French Strike Action Causes Flight Disruption Across Europe

Industrial action among nine public-sector unions in France, including the main air-traffic controller's union, has resulted in disruption in the skies over Europe. The strike, lasting from Monday evening until Wednesday morning, has caused cancellations and diversions across the continent. The French General Directorate of Civil Aviation (GDAC) is demanding a…

Ryanair Continues to Struggle With Labor and Flight Cancellation Issues

Ryanair has had a rough several weeks to say the least, driven by continued flight cancellations and a possible pilot strike for the airline. In short summary, the airline recently learned that it will not have enough pilots to fly its remaining 2017 schedule due to errors in its scheduling…

Ryanair Looks to Expand Operations in Frankfurt

Ireland-based Ryanair has announced an expansion plan for their operations in Frankfurt, Germany next summer. Ryanair is a relative newcomer to the larger Frankfurt Main Airport, having previously operated its flights out of the smaller and more distant Frankfurt Hahn Airport. At Frankfurt Hahn, the airline will add a route to…

Ryanair Warns of Further Brexit Woes, While Competitors Show Mixed…

Last week, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair reported a 55 percent increase in profits for Q1 2017 earlier this week. However, even with these results, the airline continue to discuss potential risk to its balance sheet with the coming independence of the U.K. from the European Union. Brexit and the EU…