Oh, the times are a-changing, Bob Dylan used to sing. This is somewhat what I felt when I heard that Ryanair had finally partnered with Travelport, one of the main GDS. Although rumours of such an agreement had been in the air for some time, today’s deal is of symbolic importance.
How long Ryanair has been trying to acquire Aer Lingus, I can no longer tell. To me, it seems like forever: but this ever-lasting story may shortly come to an end as Ryanair’s legal options grow thinner.
European Commission’s Antitrust body has just released a policy brief, aimed at explaining the soon-to-be-applied new aviation guidelines. I’ve uploaded it so you can take a look. Enjoy!
Yesterday, EU yielded on the carbon emissions deal for long-haul flights, following long months of battle. Among other things, the international pressure and the looming threat of a trade war gave a temporary blow to the Commission’s project to tax all the flights. However, what is worth for LH doesn’t necessarily apply in MH or … Continue reading
“We can do much better than Air Berlin or Germanwings” said Carolyn McCall to the German digital newspaper Handelsblatt, as the inauguration of easyJet’s new base in Hamburg nears. Certainly, Miss McCall has some nerve to come and challenge Lufthansa on its home land, especially since German short-haul market has not been as low-cost … Continue reading
Willie Walsh and Michael O’Leary are two Irishmen who radically differ from each other. Therefore, when the two jointly admit to be looking forward to Scotland’s independence, it should make British government tilt.
So, I’d promised myself not to comment on this whole TATL (Trans-Atlantic) flight story of Ryanair – mainly because it has been heatedly debated upon over and over before. However, as you people must (not) know, blogging is also about tailing closely the news; and unfortunately, it was flashing so brightly in the media’s headlines … Continue reading
Low-cost carriers have changed many things. One of them being habit: nowadays, in Spain, one of the biggest short-haul market (over 50% of people fly with budget airlines), people massively book online, according to a study released today. The Association of Internet Users (Asociacion de Internatutas) published the results of a study on air traveler … Continue reading
If you stroll around on Twitter or any social media for that matter, you simply cannot have missed this recent video of passengers “detention” on a Ryanair flight (the 8347 precisely) which went viral over the week end. Long story short, passengers have been kept for about eleven hours in a Ryanair plane, departing from … Continue reading
Alright. Today, I was too tired to write a new article so I chose to translate an old one instead. I know. Shameful. However this is quality work I believe, written on the French-speaking platform Miroir Social, which concerns aircrew rights and how European legislation still needs some step forward. Enjoy!
Tough day for easyJet and Ryanair. The two low-cost carriers have been respectively fined 200,000€ and 850,000€ in Italy over their insurance practices which was assimilated to hidden costs. In a precedent article, I was evoking the dangers of stricter transparency measures for the LCCs and how new European regulations might wound them. But Italian’s … Continue reading
If there is one thing you can’t reproach to the French is their integrity in court when it comes to protecting the weak against the strong. Something easyJet learnt the hard way on Tuesday as a French appeal court imposed a fine of €50,000 on the budget airline tin disabled discrimination case.
Information revealed by the Financial Times yesterday suggested that Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyJet’s founder and largest shareholder, could vote against Carolyn McCall’s £6.4m pay package. This is only the latest in a series of clashes between the shareholder and the current CEO. However, this constant fight may ultimately cost a lot to the orange … Continue reading
Europe Parliament voted a draft bill on the new regulation on air passenger rights this week. This bill is from the mouths of the rapporteurs of the draft a mean to combat the eerie rise of unfair practices and use of legal loopholes in the air passenger rights. But can airlines take the hardening of … Continue reading