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....But you won’t say goodbye to Ryanair. You’ll fly it again – and the airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary, knows it. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Ryanair passengers unhappy with the Irish airline’s no-frills service can usually expect little sympathy, and sometimes public scorn, from its chief executive. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Ryanair customers face the threat of a fresh wave of flight cancellations as the airline’s pilots prepare to reject an offer of a cash bonus if they give up days off. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....In a hastily arranged press conference in Dublin on Monday afternoon amid a passenger revolt and a slump in the company’s share price, the normally combative chief executive Michael O’Leary apologised “unreservedly” for “a mess of our own making”. O’Leary blamed a one-off holiday pilot rostering issue, which if not tackled immediately would send the airline’s on-time punctuality below 50%, adding that it will cost Ryanair about €25m (£22m) in compensation payouts and other costs. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Ryanair’s cancellation of thousands of flights across Europe due to a backlog of staff leave has raised alarm bells in Italy over its attempt to buy the troubled flag carrier Alitalia. The Irish airline, which has experienced huge growth in Italy and controls 24. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... We’re already talking to rail operators in mainland Europe. Outside of rail, we’ve also got a big airline capability. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The first problem is Ryanair’s feeble explanation for the cancellations. The airline threw everything into the mix, from strikes by French air traffic controllers to thunderstorms, ignoring the fact that many are almost annual events. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. US airlines have told the UK to move faster to ensure passenger and cargo flights to Heathrow, Stansted and other airports will continue without disruption after Britain leaves the EU. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....But a draft letter circulated among pilots based at airports across Europe criticised O’Leary’s overall handling of the affair, which has seen him threaten to force them to defer time off. In a separate letter sent earlier this week, pilots from more than 30 of Ryanair’s European bases had given the Irish airline until 10am on Friday to address concerns about their employment terms. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... But if, say, you are heading to Barcelona for a long weekend on Friday, and it says it won’t get you on a flight until Sunday, then it is likely to be breaching the EU rules. Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair chief executive, said on Monday the company would not book passengers on to rival airlines to get them to their destination on time. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 18th of September 2017 12:35:49 PM
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. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has escalated the airline’s dispute with pilots, saying they do not have a “difficult job” and claiming he can force them to defer their time off. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 21st of September 2017 10:50:13 AM
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.... So do recent problems with punctuality. The low-cost airline risks becoming the airline of low expectations. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 18th of September 2017 06:24:15 PM
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....Ryanair has offered pilots a one-off bonus of up to £12,000 to forfeit holidays, according to a memo seen by the Guardian, as it battles to prevent further flight cancellations caused by a “mess-up” in its rota system. The Irish airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, apologised this week after saying that up to 50 flights a day would be cancelled until 31 October, affecting about 400,000 passengers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... In certain key sectors, this threshold would be raised. For example, EU nationals aiming for airline pilot jobs could apply only for those that paid more than £69,000. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Ryanair has promised to publish details on Tuesday of all the flights it plans to cancel over the next six weeks following a passenger revolt, a slump in its share price and an expected compensation bill of £30m. The airline said on Twitter that “Between today and tomorrow all flight cancellations up and until OCT31 will be communicated. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The shares rose 1%. Why? Presumably because the airline put the comforting figure of €20m on the compensation bill for customers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 24th of September 2017 04:12:00 PM
.  The mass cancellations are a public relations disaster for the budget airline, which saw its share price thumped as it faces claims of up to £60 million from furious customers. ...
Michael O’Leary: a gift for controversy and an eye on the bottom line image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of September 2017 06:00:37 AM
....On occasion he has managed to insult diametrically opposed interest groups within a sentence. “The airline business is mostly run by a bunch of spineless nincompoops who actually don’t want to stand up to the environmentalists and call them the lying wankers that they are,” he has said. ...
New Brexit rules ‘could lead to unskilled workforce crisis’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 07:29:24 PM
.... In certain key sectors, this threshold would be raised. For example, EU nationals aiming for airline pilot jobs could apply only for those that paid more than £69,000. ...
Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:00:19 PM
. Ryanair passengers unhappy with the Irish airline’s no-frills service can usually expect little sympathy, and sometimes public scorn, from its chief executive. ...
You hate Ryanair – but you will fly it again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 06:00:08 AM
....But you won’t say goodbye to Ryanair. You’ll fly it again – and the airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary, knows it. ...
Ryanair staff brand company a 'disgrace' over handling of issues image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 12:38:25 PM
....But a draft letter circulated among pilots based at airports across Europe criticised O’Leary’s overall handling of the affair, which has seen him threaten to force them to defer time off. In a separate letter sent earlier this week, pilots from more than 30 of Ryanair’s European bases had given the Irish airline until 10am on Friday to address concerns about their employment terms. ...
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary may be flying by the seat of his pants in row with pilots | Nils Pratley image
.... “I don’t even know how there would be industrial action in Ryanair,” he said at the meeting. Yet that analysis skirts around the fact that some of the pilots would like to unionise, as they do at most other European airlines. ...
Ryanair chief claims he can force pilots to give up a week of leave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 10:50:13 AM
. The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has escalated the airline’s dispute with pilots, saying they do not have a “difficult job” and claiming he can force them to defer their time off. ...
Further Ryanair cancellations likely as pilots reject cash to work on days off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 03:44:42 PM
. Ryanair customers face the threat of a fresh wave of flight cancellations as the airline’s pilots prepare to reject an offer of a cash bonus if they give up days off. ...
Ryanair cancellations raise worries in Italy over Alitalia takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:57:42 AM
....Ryanair’s cancellation of thousands of flights across Europe due to a backlog of staff leave has raised alarm bells in Italy over its attempt to buy the troubled flag carrier Alitalia. The Irish airline, which has experienced huge growth in Italy and controls 24. ...
Virgin East Coast to auction empty first-class seats to standard ticket buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 06:35:40 AM
.... We’re already talking to rail operators in mainland Europe. Outside of rail, we’ve also got a big airline capability. ...
US airlines 'very concerned' over aviation regulations post-Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 05:00:37 AM
. US airlines have told the UK to move faster to ensure passenger and cargo flights to Heathrow, Stansted and other airports will continue without disruption after Britain leaves the EU. ...
Ryanair offers pilots £12,000 bonus to tackle cancelled flights fiasco image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 01:25:39 PM
....Ryanair has offered pilots a one-off bonus of up to £12,000 to forfeit holidays, according to a memo seen by the Guardian, as it battles to prevent further flight cancellations caused by a “mess-up” in its rota system. The Irish airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, apologised this week after saying that up to 50 flights a day would be cancelled until 31 October, affecting about 400,000 passengers. ...
Ryanair to tell 400,000 passengers of cancelled flights after roster 'mess-up' image
....In a hastily arranged press conference in Dublin on Monday afternoon amid a passenger revolt and a slump in the company’s share price, the normally combative chief executive Michael O’Leary apologised “unreservedly” for “a mess of our own making”. O’Leary blamed a one-off holiday pilot rostering issue, which if not tackled immediately would send the airline’s on-time punctuality below 50%, adding that it will cost Ryanair about €25m (£22m) in compensation payouts and other costs. ...
Editorial | The Guardian view on Ryanair: the low expectations airline image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 06:24:15 PM
.... So do recent problems with punctuality. The low-cost airline risks becoming the airline of low expectations. ...
Ryanair is 'unnecessarily pissing people off' – again | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 02:26:16 PM
....The first problem is Ryanair’s feeble explanation for the cancellations. The airline threw everything into the mix, from strikes by French air traffic controllers to thunderstorms, ignoring the fact that many are almost annual events. ...
Ryanair vows to publish details of all flights cancelled in next six weeks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 02:23:23 PM
....Ryanair has promised to publish details on Tuesday of all the flights it plans to cancel over the next six weeks following a passenger revolt, a slump in its share price and an expected compensation bill of £30m. The airline said on Twitter that “Between today and tomorrow all flight cancellations up and until OCT31 will be communicated. ...
Why is Ryanair cancelling flights and what can you do? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 12:35:49 PM
.... But if, say, you are heading to Barcelona for a long weekend on Friday, and it says it won’t get you on a flight until Sunday, then it is likely to be breaching the EU rules. Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair chief executive, said on Monday the company would not book passengers on to rival airlines to get them to their destination on time. ...
Ryanair tries to appease passengers with list of flights cancelled until Thursday image
. Ryanair has tried to appease angry customers by publishing lists of all flights to be cancelled until Wednesday, after 82 failed to take off on Sunday, with the airline admitting it had mismanaged the planning of pilot holidays. ...
Ryanair cancels 40 to 50 flights a day for staff to go on holiday image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 01:26:44 AM
....Ryanair has announced it will cancel 40 to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks due to a backlog of staff leave. The budget airline says the measure is designed to improve punctuality, which has fallen below 80% in the first two weeks of September. ...
Ryanair is preparing takeover bid for Alitalia, says Michael O'Leary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:18:38 AM
. Ryanair is preparing a binding takeover bid for Italy’s bankrupt airline Alitalia but has no interest in the ailing German carrier Air Berlin, according to its chief executive, Michael O’Leary. ...
Held in secure immigration as Ryanair fails to reunite me with ‘lost’ passport image
. The saga of the easyJet passenger who dropped her passport on board a flight was remarkably similar to my experience with Ryanair, only this airline’s handling of it was more troubling. ...
Air Berlin cancels 100 flights after pilots call in sick image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 12:01:26 PM
. Air Berlin has been forced to cancel about 100 flights after an “unusually high number” of pilots called in sick, in what is believed to be a wildcat strike against possible redundancies at the bankrupt airline. ...
How to fly Ryanair without paying all the extras image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of September 2017 06:00:00 AM
....• Hold luggage These changes come into effect immediately. Until now the airline has had up to 36 different tariffs for hold luggage, with two prices – one for a 15kg bag, another for 20kg – which vary on different routes and times of the year. ...
British Airways risks strike action over plans to curb pension benefits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of September 2017 06:31:34 PM
....British Airways could face further industrial action, this time over plans to curb retirement benefits for 17,000 pension scheme members, a move unions say would have consequences for the carrier. The airline is proposing an overhaul that would limit retirement payouts from its defined benefit scheme (Naps). ...
Ryanair: pay £5 for priority boarding to carry on wheelie bags image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of September 2017 08:08:37 AM
. Ryanair customers will have to pay £5 for priority boarding from 1 November if they want to carry a wheelie bag on board, as the airline attempts to reduce boarding and flight delays caused by a shortage of overhead cabin space. ...
After BA’s IT meltdown our claim has finally taken off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of September 2017 06:00:34 AM
....BA’s well-publicised IT meltdown over the May half term meant we had to abandon our family holiday to Sweden. The airline refunded our flight costs and paid the €750 EU-mandated compensation, but we were still £800 out of pocket. ...
EasyJet travellers stranded in Paris after scorpion found on plane image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 07:42:04 PM
.... They’re being quiet about it now, but as we were passing a guy who was taking boarding passes I heard him say there was a scorpion. The airline has now clarified a passenger spotted the arachnid on the flight from Glasgow to Paris. ...
The longer Brexit stays up in the air, the higher the risk flights will be grounded image
.... That is the warning from Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, who sees the clock ticking down towards March 2019 with no further progress on any Brexit deal, let alone a separate discussion of the unique demands of the aviation industry. Further inertia risks leaving airlines in limbo, with millions of seats to sell on their planes and potentially no legal right to fly them over the Channel. ...
Silicon Valley has been humbled. But its schemes are as dangerous as ever | Evgeny Morozov image
....There are, however, two additional factors worth considering in order to understand where the current backlash against Big Tech might lead. First of all, short of a major privacy disaster, digital platforms will continue to be the world’s most admired and trusted brands – not least because they contrast so favourably with your average telecoms company or your average airline (say what you will of their rapaciousness, but tech firms don’t generally drag their customers off their flights). ...
Ryanair chief: May should be doing Brexit deal, not drinking sake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 02:30:49 PM
. Ryanair has stepped up warnings that flights between the UK and Europe are imperilled by Brexit, with the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary claiming that the prospect of disrupting aviation was one of the quickest and best ways for the EU27 to “stick it to the British”. ...
Luton rated Britain's worst airport for fifth year in a row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 11:01:14 PM
....The Bedfordshire hub received a score of 29%, the lowest ever in the annual airports survey carried out by Which? consumer group. Home to short-haul airlines easyJet and Monarch, London Luton has been undergoing a £110m expansion. ...
Need help to claim after a flight delay?  As firms cash in, beware the small print image
. When Richard Watson arrived back at Gatwick 13 hours late after a holiday in Dubai he immediately applied for compensation from the airline, browsing the internet for advice to check that he was eligible. ...
Air passengers react to alcohol crackdown: 'Get as many in as you can' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of August 2017 11:22:05 AM
....Ashley is among millions of passengers who enjoy a pre-flight tipple on their summer getaway – and many of them will be filling bars in terminals this bank holiday. But this month airlines called time on irresponsible drinking after the BBC’s Panorama showed hair-raising footage of drunken debauchery at 35,000ft. ...
EasyJet left us stranded in Nice with two diabetic children image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 06:00:12 AM
.... An hour later we were told our flight had been cancelled due to bad weather. Fog in London had affected earlier flights, but by the afternoon other airlines had started operating. ...
Airports call for urgent post-Brexit deal on UK-EU flights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 05:07:10 PM
....The report, written by WPI Economics on behalf of the airports, found that almost half of passengers booking in the year ahead were likely to change their travel plans if there was any doubt over the status of flights. British airlines can operate freely within Europe, but international air travel otherwise depends on a host of bilateral treaties, and there is no default fallback for the UK outside the EU. ...
Longer is better and don't invent words: picking the right name for your business image
.... Good names will do the work for you and the best part is that you only need to do the work once. Do you think Virgin has trouble differentiating itself in the airline industry? Do you think Big Ass Fans gets confused with other industrial fans or AiAiAi gets mixed up with other headphones? No. ...
'I use food banks' – workers on the impact of the pay squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 06:00:14 AM
....Roddy, forest manager, Scotland. As I’m crew for an airline and have to travel for work, the fall in the pound has made it more expensive to eat when I’m away. ...
Weak pound could boost manufacturing, if manufacturing itself wasn’t so weak image
.... But if he gets his way, passing the hours and minutes in departure lounges will be a considerably drier experience for holidaymakers. Ryanair, the budget carrier of which he is boss, has demanded a two-drink limit at airport bars, on the grounds that airlines have to deal with the consequences of drunk passengers – such as emergency landings at airports even more far-flung than the average Ryanair destination. ...
Seven ways to cut the cost of Britain’s rail tickets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 02:59:16 PM
....”. Hypothecated taxes have rarely won the trust of the public or the approval of the Treasury – and increasing the duty on other forms of transport would light the fuses of the UK’s Fair Fuel campaigners and airline bosses. ...
From airline cancellations to that ropey hotel, what to do about botched holidays image
....At check-in you discover your flight has been delayed for three hours, or that someone else has been given your seat. The airline may forget to tell you that you are entitled to compensation of up to €600 (£544) depending on the length of the journey and the delay. ...
European stock markets dip after Spain terrorist attacks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:04:02 PM
. Stock markets in Europe have fallen after the Barcelona attack, with shares in airline, hotel and travel companies among the hardest hit. ...
End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 09:00:35 AM
....A spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement that the company had “no plans” to use its Amazon Go technology to get rid of cashiers at the 465 Whole Foods stores it just acquired. But the Cornerstone analysis noted that airlines and banks made similar assurances about job losses when they introduced check-in kiosks and ATMs respectively; in both industries, employment and wages have declined. ...
Family reunion is ruined as easyJet struggles to return my passport image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 06:00:31 AM
....These procedures, easyJet says, would have been to question passengers in the seats close to where the passport was found, make a public announcement and check the passenger manifest before offloading it from the plane. Almost as extraordinary as this incompetence is the airline’s silence when you complained. ...
EasyJet could swoop for parts of Air Berlin as it goes into administration image
....The German government has provided an emergency €150m (£137m) loan to Air Berlin to enable it to keep flying its schedules. Air Berlin is the second largest airline in Germany, but has struggled financially for years. ...
French pilots claim easyJet is risking safety by scheduling too many flights image
....“A red line has been crossed and we are very shocked,” said Arnaud Wiplier, the president of the easyJet section of the Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne (SNPL). “The airline has eyes bigger than its stomach; the schedules are not possible. ...
Ryanair calls for airport crackdown on alcohol sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 02:40:37 PM
. Ryanair has called for a crackdown on alcohol sales at British airports after claiming that airlines are saddled with the consequences of passengers getting drunk before flights. ...
Tougher laws to protect 10 million Britons who book holidays online image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 05:30:34 AM
....The new rules are part of the EU’s package travel directive, which comes into force in July 2018. Alex Neill, a managing director of consumer organisation Which?, said: “Holidaymakers should be able to book their trips without worrying about whether they will be protected if their travel agent, airline, or hotel goes bust. ...
Steep rise in number of air passengers arrested for drunken behaviour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 11:01:26 PM
....”. Another cabin crew member, who was unnamed in the programme, said airline workers had found “countless” litre bottles of vodka brought by passengers and they felt that some of the worst routes were to the Spanish airports of Alicante, Ibiza and Palma. ...
Bumped off an easyJet flight – even though I had checked in on time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
....James Willing from London was looking forward to a restful long weekend in Toulouse with his partner, but it turned out to be anything but, after what he describes as “appalling” treatment by easyJet. The budget airline overbooked the flight and denied him boarding at the gate – even though he had checked in on time. ...
EasyJet 'sent passenger on futile tour of Morocco to recover bag' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
. EasyJet has not only been attacked for overbooking this week – another passenger has described “the worst customer service I have ever experienced” after the airline failed to put her suitcase on a flight to Essaouira, Morocco, and then sent her on an expensive, yet futile, tour of the country to try to recover it. ...
Mass tourism is at a tipping point – but we’re all part of the problem | Martin Kettle image
....Writing a few days ago, the writer Elizabeth Becker argued that only governments can handle runaway tourism. Governments can control entry to their countries, she said, can regulate airlines and ships, prevent inappropriate hotel development, and use taxes to shape visitor demand and benefit local people, place limits on rip-off prices that distort markets. ...
Armed police called to Heathrow over British Airways flight delay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:22:04 AM
.... “Learn how to take care of customers and actually fly and we will talk,” he tweeted. Allison said he managed to make the journey at the third attempt, but only with the help of a rival airline. ...
United Airlines facing new animal crisis after dog dies in cargo hold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 01:06:53 AM
. United Airlines has apologised to the owners of dog that died in the cargo hold during a flight from Houston to San Francisco, the latest death of an animal under the airline’s care. ...
Pilotless planes: what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 02:54:35 PM
. Pilotless passenger aircraft could save the industry, and airline passengers, $35bn (£27bn) a year, according to investment bank UBS. ...
Britons shunning two-week holidays in favour of short breaks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 12:27:00 PM
. Britons have ditched the traditional two-week holiday in favour of shorter breaks as no-frills airlines have taken off over the last 20 years, according to official figures that also confirm the demise of the booze cruise. ...
Air passengers wary of pilotless planes – even if they lead to lower fares image
. Pilotless planes would save airlines $35bn (£27bn) a year and could lead to substantial fare cuts – if passengers were able to stomach the idea of remote-controlled flying, according to new research. ...
Only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe | Elizabeth Becker image
.... Few major industries fall so squarely into their hands – local, regional and national. Governments decide who is eligible for visas: how many cruise ships, airlines and trains can bring in visitors, how many hotels receive building permits, how many beaches are open to development, how many museums and concert halls are open, even how many farmers receive subsidies to raise food for the restaurants and cafes that tourists frequent. ...
Air passengers face delays due to strikes and tighter border controls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:28:21 PM
....Airlines have advised passengers to allow extra time and prepare for long delays, while one travel organisation said the elderly and young should take special precautions. Aage Duenhaupt, a spokesman for A4E, which represents airlines including BA’s owner, International Airlines Group, Ryanair and easyJet, said: “There is a danger people could get ill if we are looking at the worst-case scenario. ...
British Airways cabin crew extend strike for further two weeks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 12:23:42 PM
....Oliver Richardson, national officer at Unite, said BA was essentially blacklisting workers for taking lawful industrial action and described the offer to reinstate travel concessions for striking workers as “half-hearted”. “The airline needs to get around the negotiating table and start recognising that punishing low paid workers fighting for fairer pay is no way for a ‘premium’ airline to behave,” said Richardson. ...
Air Canada near miss: picture shows how close planes came to crashing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 01:52:20 AM
....NTSB investigators said they have not determined probable cause for the incident that came within a few feet of becoming one of the worst disasters in aviation history. “It was close, much too close,” said John Cox, a safety consultant and retired airline pilot. ...
FTSE 100 chiefs earn 160 times the average wage, study reveals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 11:01:06 PM
....The six female chief executives who were running FTSE 100 firms in 2016 include Alison Brittain, boss of Whitbread which runs coffee chain Costa and budget hotel group Premier Inn, Veronique Laury of B&Q owner Kingfisher, and Alison Cooper, from cigarette giant Imperial Brands. The others were Liv Garfield, boss of water firm Severn Trent, Royal Mail boss Moya Greene, and Dame Carolyn McCall from budget airline easyJet - the former chief executive of Guardian Media Group who will take over at ITV in the new year. ...
BA passengers at Gatwick and Heathrow hit by check-in delays image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 08:20:23 AM
....”. In May, the airline was hit by an IT failure, which affected about 75,000 passengers as flights were cancelled. ...
Passengers facing delays and long queues at some European airports image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 08:32:11 AM
. British passengers flying to and from continental Europe for their summer holidays face the prospect of “devastating” delays because of tougher Schengen area border controls, Europe’s largest airline lobby group has warned. ...
Why Brits got the bug for holiday sickness scams image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:19:53 PM
.... Passengers returning on charter flights often find claims operatives waiting for them with business cards at the airport, or will perhaps get a helpful phone call when they arrive home. Jet2, which offers all-inclusive package holidays alongside its low-cost airline, obtained undercover footage of the touts in action. ...
Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 03:54:14 PM
....In the UK, Theatre Tickets Direct has recently started accepting bitcoin to buy tickets for London West End shows, along with the online craft beer supermarket Honest Brew. Peach Aviation, a low-cost Japanese airline, last month became Japan’s first airline to allow customers to pay directly for tickets using bitcoin. ...
EasyJet passenger punched by airport worker in France image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 10:58:37 AM
. EasyJet is “urgently” seeking answers after a worker at Nice airport apparently punched one of the airline’s passengers who was holding his baby at the terminal after a 13-hour delay. ...
France isn’t heading for a belle époque, but its future looks better than Britain’s image
....That leaves Macron in a position where he only needs to achieve a fraction of the reforms he has planned for France to accelerate out of trouble, leaving the UK in its wake. Thursday was “an exciting day” for Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson wrote to his staff, as the airline’s founder sold the bulk of his shareholding to Air France-KLM and left Delta with the biggest stake. ...
Have we reached 'peak London' as millennials leave in record numbers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 11:05:04 PM
.... This time, my friend reported, whole days passed without anyone getting in touch. We wondered if it might be the first hairline crack in some huge chasm about to rip through life as we know it – if, in the future, we would look back on the empty wasteland of the city and remember that day as The Day London Turned. ...
'Incredible shrinking airline seat': US court says seat size a safety issue image
. A US appeals court panel has said that federal officials must reconsider their decision not to regulate the size of airline seats as a safety issue. ...
Richard Branson cedes control of Virgin Atlantic image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 05:01:06 PM
. The potential end of an era looms in British aviation after Sir Richard Branson announced he is selling 31% of Virgin Atlantic, relinquishing his controlling interest in the airline he founded in 1984. ...
Toddlers dragging suitcases – this is passengers’ Ryanair revenge | Anne Perkins image
....I long ago decided I’d rather not travel at all than be exposed to the emotional jeopardy of weighing a bag. Travelling with a bargain airline, a category that now includes British Airways, merely magnifies the apprehension. ...
EasyJet to hire more than 1,000 cabin crew staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 11:01:37 PM
....EasyJet has announced the largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history, with plans to hire more than 1,000 staff. More than 1,200 men and women will be given permanent and fixed-term positions at the budget airline. ...
Travellers are taking advantage of bag rules to avoid fees, says Ryanair image
.... Instead, travellers are avoiding charges by bringing more and more luggage into the cabin. Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, said the airline could review its second bag allowance, introduced in late 2013, as passengers were starting to “take the piss”. ...
Ryanair profits take off but airline reissues Brexit warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 08:55:10 AM
....40 profit from every passenger it carried in the three months to June – up more than £3 a head on the same time a year ago. However the airline remained cautious, issuing another warning about the disruption that could be caused by Brexit to UK flights in 2019. ...
ATOL and ABTA: Financial protection for your summer holiday image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 02:44:00 PM
Unaccompanied child taken off overbooked easyJet flight at Gatwick image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 09:13:37 AM
.... Read’s grandparents had already embarked on the two-hour round trip to Toulouse from their home to meet him. Eventually, Portal persuaded easyJet to allocate her son a seat on the final departure of the day to Toulouse, although she said the airline’s system apparently showed all four flights on Thursday were overbooked. ...
French-Dutch culture clash revealed in leaked Air France-KLM report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:07:14 AM
. A clash of national cultures and an inability to understand each other’s languages threatens to make the merged Air France-KLM group of airlines unmanageable, according to a leaked internal company report. ...

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