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[textarea]Ryanair Cuts Stansted Winter Capacity by 40%

Ryanair, the World’s favourite airline, today (21st July) announced a 40% capacity cutback in its Stansted Winter Schedule starting in October ’09. Ryanair operated 40 aircraft from Stansted this summer but will reduce this to 24 aircraft (a 40% reduction) this winter with a 30% reduction in the number of weekly flights and a loss of 2.5m passengers at Stansted between October and March 2010.

Ryanair is cutting Stansted winter capacity by 40% for the following reasons:

1. BAA Stansted is one of Ryanair’s two most expensive bases (Dublin is the other) and the BAA has rejected Ryanair’s calls for deep cuts in these high passenger fees this winter.

2. The UK Government will increase its £10 tourist tax (APD) to £11 in November despite the continuing traffic and tourism collapse (down 6% in June) at the BAA’s UK airports.

3. The BAA Monopoly continues to increase airport charges as traffic falls and the BAA delays the sale of Gatwick and Stansted airports.

In recent months the Belgian, Dutch, Greek and Spanish governments have all scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges to zero in order to stimulate tourism. Ryanair will now switch these 16 aircraft to other European bases where governments are scrapping tourist taxes and/or reducing passenger fees to zero. Ryanair has written to Gordon Brown calling for this Government to scrap this damaging tourist tax and pushing for much lower, more competitive airport fees at the BAA Monopoly airports.

Announcing this 40% winter cutback at Stansted, Michael O’Leary said:

“Sadly UK traffic and tourism continues to collapse while Ryanair continues to grow traffic rapidly in those countries which welcome tourists instead of taxing them. Ryanair’s 40% capacity cutback at London Stansted shows just how much Gordon Brown’s £10 tourist tax and the BAA Monopoly’s high airport charges are damaging London and UK tourism and the British economy generally.

“In recent months the Belgian, Dutch, Greek and Spanish governments have all scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges to zero in order to stimulate tourism. These cutbacks underline the urgent need to; (a) break-up the high cost BAA Airport Monopoly (as recommended by the Competition Commission) and (b)scrap Gordon Brown’s insane and damaging £10 tourist tax which has caused UK traffic to collapse”.[/textarea]

link: http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/news.php ... -en-210709

This is a savage cutback on the face of it, although it is actually only a reduction of four aircraft on last winter, and one wonders how much bullsh*t is being spread as to the reasons.

Either Ryanair is convnced it can make more money abroad or it has more problems than perhaps might be realised or, more likely, it is the usual FR hot air and few winter routes will actually go but instead will be operated by aircraft based at the 'other end'.

Because they change their story regularly about so many things it is always difficult to even guess at the true cause(s).
 

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Agree entirely TheLocalYokel.

These guys are just so unreliable you just can't trust anything they say. I had to laugh at a post on the Dried Plum forum where someone posted a 'moch' Ryanair press release taking the 'Michael' out of the usual dribble about APD, BAA and MOL's other pet hates which appear in every single press release.
 

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I saw that post.

It was very clever and very true.
 

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[textarea]Ryanair threaten to move from Stansted to Gatwick

Ryanair could move its flights from Stansted to Gatwick if the new owner of London’s second busiest airport lives up to promises to improve its facilities and keep charges down, the budget airline's chief operating officer, Michael Cawley, said

In an interview this week Gatwick’s chief executive Stewart Wingate vowed to compete against London’s other three main airports - as did his Stansted counterpart last week. Mr Wingate was in charge at Stansted until he was poached by Gatwick's new owners Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) two months ago.

Ryanair's Mr Cawley said it was great to see the boss of a London airport finally talking about improving services and lowering prices. He said: ‘We haven't seen this kind of talk since the early Eighties when the BAA was formed creating a monopoly. Certainly we are up for talking with Stewart — after all, Gatwick has had virtually zero growth for the last few years.’

Ryanair currently flies 109 routes out of Stansted, 20 out of Luton and just 8 out of Gatwick. Rival easyJet is Gatwick's biggest airline customer, and the airport is reported to be slot bound (full up) at peak periods, so it is hard to see where this growth will come from.

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[textarea]Ryanair to cut Stansted flights this winter

Ryanair is to cut UK winter capacity by 16 percent from November, and Stansted capacity by 17 percent, blaming the Government’s air passenger duty. The airline said that the move would lower its costs and boost profits, and will result in the loss of over 2 million passengers at UK airports.

The airline said that it will switch two Stansted based aircraft to lower cost European bases this winter, where Governments have scrapped ‘tourist taxes’ and reduced passenger charges. Ryanair will base 22 aircraft in Stansted this winter compared with 24 in the same period last year, with 135 fewer weekly flights and a loss of up to 1.5 million passengers, and an unspecified number of job losses at the airport.

Speaking in London, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the move will save £10 million (€12 million) this year. He added that it was not cutting services at Edinburgh or Leeds Bradford where airport authorities ‘are working with us’ to increase numbers, declining to specify where the other cuts will be.

He said: ‘The UK’s tourist tax and BAA’s high airport charges are damaging UK tourism and the British economy generally. Independent capacity analysis shows that growth has returned to the Belgian, Dutch and Spanish markets after their governments scrapped tourist taxes and/or reduced airport charges, in some cases to zero, in order to stimulate tourism and jobs.’

He also said Ryanair would sue for compensation for the £50 million worth of losses it suffered from the decision to close European air space because of the Icelandic volcano in April. However, so far it was not clear who should be sued, he said ! Government agencies now accept that airspace should not have been closed. ‘It should have been left to the airlines. We are the ones who are responsible for safety.’

Mr O’Leary also launched an attack on the newly-appointed Conservative transport secretary Philip Hammond for his declaration that domestic flights in the UK would be replaced by rail travel. He also criticised the decision to abandon the plan to build a new runway at Heathrow. ‘We don’t believe that you should build new airports. [But] we do believe that you should build more runways at existing airports.’

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That makes the cut 23% less than last winter then doesn't it? Last year they said they were cutting Stansted capacity by 40% blaming government taxes and BAA charges.
 

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[textarea]Ryanair review urged after child falls while boarding plane

Air accident investigators have reccommeded that Ryanair review its passenger boarding and disembarkation procedures.

Air accident investigators today recommended Ryanair review procedures after a three-year-old child fell on to the tarmac while boarding a plane.

The child, Olga, escaped with minor injuries after falling through the gap between the handrail and the platform at the top of the Boeing 737's boarding steps at Stansted airport.

She had climbed the stairs unassisted as her mother, Sasha Slater, a journalist, was carrying her 18-month-old son, Joe, with one hand and luggage with the other.

When Olga reached the top of the stairs, "she turned towards her mother, leaned backwards and fell through the gap between the extendable handrail and the top of the airstairs," a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said today.

After receiving initial medical assistance, Olga was airlifted to hospital and discharged 24 hours later.

The AAIB recommended that Ryanair review its passenger boarding and disembarkation procedures "so that assistance is made available to passengers accompanied by children and those with special needs".

The report into the incident, on 17 July last year, said: "The gap between the extendable handrail and the upper platform of the Boeing 737 airstairs represents a hazard to small children boarding or disembarking the aircraft."

The AAIB said there had been four previously reported similar incidents involving small children and this had led to American aviation authorities issuing a special airworthiness information bulletin; the amendment of the Boeing 737 flight attendant manual and the release of two special safety bulletins.

The AAIB said it was making the safety recommendation to Boeing about the airstairs design as the special bulletins "do not provide physical protection against a child falling through the gap".

Also, the AAIB said modification proposed by Ryanair after last summer's incident provided "only a limited physical protection against falling".

In May this year, Ms Slater wrote about the incident in the London Evening Standard.

She described how Olga had "suddenly screamed and slid off the side of the platform", landing on her side on the tarmac.

Slater said: "I thrust Joe into the arms of an air hostess and ran down to reach my daughter who was lying, screaming, beneath the plane. I was forcibly prevented from holding her by one of the many doctors on the flight in case she'd broken her back.

"The next few hours passed in a blur of paramedics, sedatives, stretchers, helicopters and ambulances, brain scans and x-rays. But a day later she was running around in hospital, the only visible signs of injury some scuffing on her toes and knees, a sore neck, and an egg on her forehead."[/textarea]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010 ... ent-report

Pleased the child made a full recovery but I can't help thinking this is just another example where the Nanny State is expected to take responsibility for good parenting.

I note the mother is a journalist who apparently didn't pass up the opportunity of doing a piece on the incident in the London Evening Standard.
 

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[textarea]Ryanair launch Stansted – Plovdiv route

Ryanair launches a new route from Stansted to the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv today. A spokesman for the budget airline said: ‘Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city with a rich and varied history dating back 8000 years. It makes a great city break destination and is also within easy access of the ski resorts of Bansko and Pamporovo.'

The new Stansted - Plovdiv route is expected to carry about 30 000 passengers annually, but this number could go up to 200 000 by 2013. The flights will operate twice a week – on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One-way fares start from £32.99 including taxes.

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[textarea]Uproar over Ryanair passenger baggage fine target

Stansted Airport staff are facing the sack unless they 'slap penalties on Ryanair passengers for breaking carry-on baggage rules', the Sun reports. Departure gate workers at the airport have been told to hit at least 6 people per aircraft with a £35 fine as they board. Anyone failing to reach the minimum target is served with a ‘file note’ - three of which lead to a disciplinary meeting.

Ryanair only allows passengers to take one bag weighing 10kg or less on to a plane as hand luggage. Passengers breaking the limit have the choice of paying £35, repacking the bag, binning it - or not flying at all. Ryanair's outspoken chief executive Michael O'Leary joked last month that bags were ‘verboten’ - and his fees could go up again in the spring.

The newspaper reports that union bosses are in uproar over the move and have threatened strike action by hundreds of workers. The GMB claims Swissport - Ryanair's ground services agent at Stansted - is ‘bullying and harassing’ staff to wring more cash out of passengers.

In a memo seen by the Sun, Swissport passenger service and sales manager Kirstie Brooks agreed to ‘review the procedure’ three weeks ago. But the GMB claims nothing has happened since.

GMB regional officer Gary Pearce said: ‘Our members are furious. The problem is not that passengers are being charged. Our issue is the targets handed down to our members. What if there aren't six people on the plane with excess bags? What are they going to do then? We want answers and are more than ready to ballot [for strike action] over this.’

Mr Pearce said: ‘Swissport told us it wasn't their decision and that Ryanair had told them they had to get a minimum number of bags per flight.' Ryanair said it was not aware of targets and any suggestion it was imposing them was a ‘Christmas fairytale’. Swissport was unavailable for comment.

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Mr Pearce said: ‘Swissport told us it wasn't their decision and that Ryanair had told them they had to get a minimum number of bags per flight.' Ryanair said it was not aware of targets and any suggestion it was imposing them was a ‘Christmas fairytale’. Swissport was unavailable for comment.

A bit like the Archbishop of Canterbury saying he's a practising Moslem.
 

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Budapest

Announced today that Ryanair would be returning to Budapest with routes to Bristol, Birmingham, Stansted, Dublin and Bolgna from March 2012.

Seems they will be 2 x weekly except STN at 4 x weekly.
 

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[textarea]Ryanair plans more cuts at Stansted

Ryanair has announced plans to cut its London Stansted traffic by 9% over the coming year due to rising airport charges.

Ryanair claims it had planned to grow its Stansted traffic by 5% from April, but will now cut frequencies on 43 of its routes and reduce its weekly operations by over 170 flights.

The airline claims the 6% rise in April is unjustified and is on top of "already high charges".

It has called on the CAA to investigate whether the price hike was a "sweetener" by Ferrovial/BAA's sale of Stansted to the Manchester Airport Group. The sale was finalised today.

Full Story: http://www.travelmole.com/news_preview. ... g=1&live=Y[/textarea]
 

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Will this effect the relationship between the Manchester Airport Group and Ryanair if Stansted airport is increasing it's prices.
 

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Will this effect the relationship between the Manchester Airport Group and Ryanair if Stansted airport is increasing it's prices.

Interesting one as FR and MAG now seem to be on good terms at MAN itself after failing to reach an agreement several years ago.

Then again, Bournemouth Airport sees a Ryanair pullout each winter with a return each summer and that doesn't appear to cause any public difficulties with MAG.
 

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[textarea]Ryanair to add 12 new Stansted routes

Ryanair will launch 12 new routes from London Stansted next year, while also upping the frequencies on 17 existing routes.

From April, the budget carrier will fly from Stansted to Basel, Bordeaux, Brive, Bucharest, Comiso, Dortmund, Lisbon, Osijek, Podgorica, Prague, Rabat and Skelleftea. Four of these routes (Bordeaux, Dortmund, Lisbon and Rabat) had already been announced (see news, September 17).

The 12 new destinations will take the total number of Ryanair routes from Stansted to 126 for next summer.

Read more: http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/r ... ted-routes[/textarea]
 

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It looks like Ryanair are dropping STN-EDI and STN-GLA for winter 2017/18
 

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