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Ryanair to help and will eventually acquire 75% of LaudaMotion

Ryanair Holdings Plc on March 20 announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with Mr. Niki Lauda to support his plan to develop and grow LaudaMotion GmbH, an Austrian Airline based in Vienna.

LaudaMotion is an Austrian AOC holder owned by Niki Lauda, which has recently acquired many of the assets, including Airbus A320 aircraft, of the former Niki Airline, and will shortly start a range of scheduled and charter services from Germany, Austria and Switzerland primarily to Mediterranean leisure destinations.

Under this agreement Ryanair will acquire an initial 24.9% stake in LaudaMotion and this will rise as soon as possible to 75% subject to EU Competition approval.

Niki Lauda will chair the Board of the airline and oversee the implementation of his strategy to build a successful Austrian low fares airline. Ryanair will provide financial and management support to LaudaMotion as well as 6 wet-lease aircraft for S2018 to enable LaudaMotion to complete an extensive 21 aircraft flying program.

The cost of this 75% investment in LaudaMotion (if approved by the EU) will be less than €50m although Ryanair will provide an additional €50m for year 1 start up and operating costs. Both Mr Lauda and Ryanair will work with the existing management team of LaudaMotion and expect the airline to reach profitability by year 3 of operations if their plan to grow the business to a fleet of at least 30 Airbus aircraft is successful.

This partnership provides job security, career opportunities and growth in employment in all activities of LaudaMotion, such as cockpit and cabin crew, maintenance and administration, and will allow consumers and visitors to benefit from strong competition, leading to more choices and lower fares. 

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“We look forward to working in partnership with Niki Lauda to successfully develop his vision for a successful Austrian low fares airline to service the schedule and charter markets.  The LaudaMotion AOC will support a fleet of Airbus aircraft which is something we have hoped to develop within the Ryanair Group for some years.

LaudaMotion will benefit from this partnership between Niki Lauda and Ryanair. With access to the Ryanair fleet and financial resources, LaudaMotion will now grow more rapidly, as it seeks to compete in a market which is dominated by Lufthansa’s high airfares with its Swiss and Austrian subsidiaries.

This LaudaMotion partnership is good news for Austrian and German consumers/visitors who can now look forward to real competition, more choice and lower fares.  It is also great news for LaudaMotion’s people who can look forward to improved job security and more promotional opportunities in Vienna and other bases as we work with Niki Lauda and his team to accelerate growth of LaudaMotion – Austria’s low fares airline.” 

Niki Lauda, Chairman of LaudaMotion said: 

“I have always stood up for competition and have opposed monopolies. Therefore I am thrilled that in the partnership with Ryanair, Laudamotion will be able to establish itself as a strong competitor and to grow quickly and sustainably. A new player in the aviation market is born and I am looking forward to offering our passengers an extensive route portfolio at competitive air fares.”

LaudaMotion will eventually introduce its own unique livery at the end of the summer season 2018.



Ryanair to fly from Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf, announces 11 new routes from Edinburgh

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLC (msn 33586) PGF (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 920674.

Ryanair has announced that it will operate from two new airports Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf for the first time this summer. With two new based aircraft at Palma de Mallorca Airport, four new German peak summer routes (June to August) have been announced from Berlin (Tegel), Dusseldorf, Nuremberg and Stuttgart as well as extra flights from Cologne and Dortmund to Palma.

Ryanair’s German Summer 2018 schedule will now include:

– 4 new routes to Palma de Mallorca from: Dusseldorf (daily), Berlin (6 weekly)
Nuernberg (4 weekly) and Stuttgart (3 weekly)
– More flights to Palma de Mallorca from: Cologne (13 weekly) and Dortmund (5 weekly)

In other news, Ryanair has also announced that it will add 11 new Winter 2018/2019 routes to Edinburgh and will close its one aircraft Glasgow International base from November 2018.  One aircraft and 5 routes (Derry, Lisbon, Sofia, Riga and Berlin) will switch from Glasgow to Edinburgh Airport.

Ryanair’s Scottish Winter 2018 schedule and includes the following highlights:

Edinburgh: 45 routes including London Stansted and 11 new routes to Berlin, Derry, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Lisbon, Memmingen, Stockholm Skavsta, Riga, Seville, Sofia, and Tallinn

Glasgow Prestwick: 8 routes to Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Malaga, Malta, Rzeszow and Tenerife South

Glasgow International – 3 routes to Dublin (3 times daily), Krakow (2 weekly) and Wroclaw (2 weekly)

Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLC (msn 33586) PGF (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 920674.

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Ryanair announces new routes to Jordan

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

Ryanair on February 4, 2018 announced its first flights to Jordan with 14 routes in total to Amman and Aqaba airports.

Starting with a route to Paphos (Cyprus) in March, Ryanair’s Amman operation will grow to 10 routes from October, as part of its Winter 2018 schedule. Flights to Aqaba will commence in October with 4 routes, and will operate for the winter season.

Ryanair’s Amman year-round schedule includes:

  • 1 new route to Paphos (Cyprus) from March (4 weekly)
  • 10 new routes from October: Bologna (2 weekly), Brussels Zaventem (2), Bucharest (2), Budapest (2), Krakow (2), Milan Bergamo (3), Paphos (2), Prague (2), Vilnius (2) and Warsaw Modlin (2)

Ryanair’s Aqaba Winter 2018 schedule includes:

  • 4 new routes: Athens (2 weekly), Cologne (2), Rome Ciampino (2) and Sofia (2)

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

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Ryanair and BALPA sign UK Recognition Agreement

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EKC (msn 38495) LGW (SPA). Image: 931519.

Ryanair on January 30, 2018 confirmed that it has signed a formal Union Recognition agreement with BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association), who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed Pilots in the UK.

This agreement follows extensive negotiations with BALPA since Ryanair’s December announcement that it was willing to recognise Unions for collective bargaining purposes. While these recognition negotiations were continuing with BALPA, the 6 remaining Ryanair UK Bases (including Stansted) voted – in secret ballot – to accept pay increases of up to 20%, which had already been agreed by a majority (9) of other UK bases. These pay increases mean Ryanair’s UK pilots are earning 20% more than competitor 737 pilots (Norwegian and Jet2).

Ryanair welcomes the positive and constructive engagement of BALPA which led to the formal signing of this recognition agreement within 5 weeks of the first meeting. This recognition agreement with BALPA is significant because the UK accounts for almost 100 of Ryanair’s 400+ current aircraft fleet and over 25% of Ryanair’s pilot body. Ryanair looks forward to working with BALPA and its newly elected BALPA Ryanair Company Council.

Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said:

“Welcoming this UK recognition agreement, we are pleased today to announce this UK recognition agreement with BALPA on behalf of our directly employed pilots in the UK. The UK accounts for 25% of Ryanair’s fleet and pilot numbers. This agreement validates the decision of Ryanair’s Board in December to recognise unions, and the fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% and union recognition for our pilots in our largest market, shows how serious Ryanair is about working constructively with unions that are willing to work constructively with us.

This rapid progress in the UK is in marked contrast to some other EU countries where we are still waiting for a response to our recognition proposals and where some unions have failed to put these substantial pay increases to our pilots. We now call on these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to deliver 20% pay increases to our pilots in February, and conclude formal recognition agreements, which they are presently sitting on. Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay pay increases to our pilots. In Dublin for example, where just 35% of our pilots have not yet received this pay increase, we have warned FÓRSA/IALPA that we will offer it to these pilots individually if they refuse / fail to organise a vote among just 35% of our Dublin pilots on this pay increase on/before 31 Jan.

This agreement between Ryanair and BALPA shows that Ryanair can work with unions that wish to work with us to promote the interests of both our pilots and our customers.”

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Ryanair to add 3 aircraft and 10 new summer routes at Manchester

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-FOZ (msn 44731) HHN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 939090.

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced an additional investment of $300 million at Manchester Airport with an extra three based Boeing 737-800 aircraft for its peak summer 2018 schedule (June-September).

The airline will be added 10 new summer routes to Agadir, Almeria, Barcelona Reus, Belfast, Cagliari, Palermo, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Rhodes, and Venice Treviso and more flights on its existing routes.

Ryanair’s summer 2018 Manchester schedule will now add 300,000 extra seats to a total of 57 routes which will help deliver 4.9 million customers this year.

The numbers:

  1. 12 based aircraft at Manchester
  2. 57 summer routes in total
  3. 10 new summer routes to: Agadir (2 weekly), Almeria (2 weekly), Barcelona Reus (2 weekly), Belfast (daily from March), Cagliari (2 weekly), Palermo (2 weekly) Ponta Delgada (1 weekly), Porto (3 weekly), Rhodes (2 weekly), and Venice Treviso (3 weekly)
  4. More flights to:  Alicante, Bologna, Chania, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Malaga, Mallorca, Naples and Tenerife

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-FOZ (msn 44731) HHN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 939090.

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Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay increases in a secret ballot

Ryanair has issued this statement:

Ryanair has confirmed that all 15 of its UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have now voted in secret ballot to accept pay increases of up to 20% and these increases will be paid next week in the January payroll.

These increases bring Ryanair’s pilot pay in the UK to 20% more than competitor 737 operators (Norwegian and Jet2).

Ryanair is continuing its recognition discussions with BALPA, the UK pilot union, but had agreed with BALPA that these pay increases should not be delayed by these recognition negotiations, which are proceeding quickly.  Ryanair and BALPA agreed to offer these pay increases to the 6 out of 15 UK bases (including Stansted) which had not previously accepted them.

The majority of Ryanair’s pilots in Ireland have already agreed to these pay increases voting in secret ballot at the Cork and Shannon bases, and a majority of pilots in Dublin who are contractors or new joiners have already agreed  them.  Ryanair had asked the remaining Dublin pilots to vote on this large pay increase on or before 17th January so that they could be paid in next week’s January payroll.  Ryanair is disappointed that no such vote was organised among the remaining 35% of Dublin pilots who will now not receive this pay increase in the January payroll.

Ryanair is continuing to negotiate with FORSA and its Ryanair Irish Pilots Council, but these discussions are progressing slowly.  Ryanair will continue to communicate with the 35% of Dublin pilots who have yet to accept this substantial pay increase which, if accepted, can be included in the February payroll and will take them to 20% higher pay than Norwegian 737 pilots in Dublin.

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Reuters: Ryanair wants to buy parts of Niki

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHS (msn 33580) LTN (Antony J. Best). Image: 902576.

From Reuters:

Ryanair said on Monday it had contacted the Austrian administrator of insolvent holiday airline Niki to express its interest in buying some of its assets.

Niki’s German administrator said earlier on Monday he still wanted to sell the leisure carrier to British Airways parent IAG, despite a battle between Austria and Germany over where insolvency proceedings should be handled.

Former Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has also re-emerged as a potential bidder for Niki ahead of a January 19 deadline for fresh offers the Austrian court has set.

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHS (msn 33580) LTN (Antony J. Best). Image: 902576.

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