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Ryanair launches major pilot training program in Cork

Ryanair has announced a major new training partnership with Cork-based international flight school, Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), to deliver a Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Pilot Program. An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, officially launched the partnership in Cork this morning, which will ensure Ryanair continues to attract highly trained professional pilots to support its continued growth across Europe, and which will create 50 new jobs.

This new 16-month intensive training program gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot licence and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type-rating programme. Trainee pilots on the programme will be trained by AFTA instructors using Ryanair procedures as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots and over the next 5 years, up to 450 new pilots from across Europe will be recruited and trained by AFTA in Cork, underlining AFTA’s global position in the pilot training market.

Ryanair also launched its biggest ever Cork summer schedule for 2019, with 4 new routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan, more flights to Malaga, and 16 routes in total.

Photo: Ryanair.


Ryanair announces its largest London summer schedule for 2019

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DCL (msn 33806) (Dreamliner colors) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943514.

Ryanair has announced its biggest ever London Summer 2019 schedule, with 23 new routes (over 180 in total), which will deliver 26 million yearly passengers customers through Ryanair’s four London airports – Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick.

Ryanair’s London S19 schedule will deliver:

3 new aircraft based at Southend

2 more aircraft at Luton (6 in total)

23 new routes including:

3  at  Stansted:   Kiev, Lviv and Nantes

6  at  Luton:       Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Cork, Malaga

14 at Southend: Alicante, Bilbao, Brest, Copenhagen, Cluj, Corfu, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan, Palma, Reus and Venice

Over 180 routes in total


In other news, last week Ryanair submitted a complaint to the European Commission over discrimination by UK airline controlled NATS at Stansted, who refuse to explain why 52% of all London ATC delays in Q1 were at Stansted while there was zero such delays at Heathrow and just 10% at Gatwick where (NATS’ shareholders) BA and Easyjet are the main airlines.

“We call on the UK Government and EU to take prompt action against NATS who continue to deliver an atrocious service to airlines despite having amongst the highest ATC fees in the EU, and who are blatantly protecting Heathrow at the expense of all other London airports, especially Stansted. We expect the EU to act quickly to ensure a fairer allocation of NATS resources (and delays) to all 5 London airports, instead of protecting Heathrow.”

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

 “Ryanair is pleased to launch our biggest ever London S 2019 schedule with over 180 routes from our 4 London airports, including 1 new base at Southend and 23 new routes to exciting destinations such as Barcelona, Bilbao,Copenhagenand Kiev. Our S2019 schedule will deliver 26m customers p.a. through Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick, all at the lowest fares, as we continue to grow London traffic, tourism and jobs.   

We remain concerned at the increasing risk of a hard (no-deal) Brexit in March 2019.  While we hope that a 21-month transition agreement from March 2019 will be agreed, recent events in the UK have added uncertainty, and we believe that the risk of a hard Brexit (which could lead to flights being grounded for a period of days or weeks) is being underestimated.

In other news, the company rejected false claims made by Belgian union CNE that strike action by its small minority of cabin crew on September 28 would cause “travel chaos”.

Ryanair pointed to its experience during previous strikes which included five days of strikes by less than 25% of its Irish pilots this summer, and on each of those days, Ryanair completed 280 of its 300 flights to/from Ireland, because over 75% of its Irish pilots continued to work normally.  In total yesterday Ryanair operated over 2,200 flights and carried over 380,000 customers with no “chaos”.

Yesterday in Germany, despite a strike by pilots and cabin crew, over 70% of Ryanair’s German based pilots and cabin crew reported for work and Ryanair completed over 250 of its daily schedule of 400 flights, because 150 flights had been pre-cancelled on Tuesday September 11 with the small group of affected passengers being reaccommodated and/or refunded.

Ryanair expects that even if there is another limited cabin crew strike on 28th September, the vast majority of its cabin crew across Europe will work as normal.  It also expects a significant majority of its cabin crew in Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal will also work normally, as they have during previous strikes, and accordingly there will not be any “travel chaos” or “widespread disruptions”.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

Repeated false claims made by these unions about “travel chaos” have proven to be unfounded.  While we regret the limited strike actions that have taken place this summer, in all cases we have judiciously pre-cancelled a small number of our 2,500 daily flights in order to minimise customer disruption and inconvenience.

We object to these lurid and inaccurate press headlines which wrongly refer to “travel chaos”, despite the fact that during the seven days of partial strikes by a small minority of our pilots and cabin crew this summer, there has been very little disruption and absolutely no “chaos”. 

 If there is a further unsuccessful cabin crew strike on the 28th Sept next then, as we demonstrated in Germany yesterday, Ryanair will pre-advise customers of a small number of flight cancellations, and the overwhelming majority of Ryanair’s flights and services that day will operate as normal, and we will carry the overwhelming majority of the 400,000 passengers who will be scheduled to fly with us that day.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DCL (msn 33806) (Dreamliner colors) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943514.

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Ryanair continues its build-up of summer flights from Malta

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EKW (msn 38506) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943421.

Ryanair is planning to operate 61 routes from Luqa, Malta next summer. This represents 10 new routes for Malta.

Ryanair has also announced a new route from Cardiff to Malta, with a twice-weekly service commencing in April 2019, which will be a part of Ryanair’s Summer 2019 schedule.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EKW (msn 38506) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943421.

Ryanair aircraft slide show:


Ryanair is coming to Exeter, German pilots to strike tomorrow

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBC (msn 37520) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943420.

Ryanair has announced its first ever flights from Exeter, its newest airport, with 3 new routes to Malaga, Malta and Naples commencing in April, as part of its Summer 2019 schedule.

In other news, Vereinigung Cockpit union issued this statement:

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced a 24-hour strike affecting all Ryanair flights from Germany on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 to push for its demands in talks with the Irish carrier on wages and work conditions according to Reuters.

The union has called on all German-based pilots to strike the airline from Wednesday 0101 GMT until Thursday 0059 GMT.

Ryanair reacted this way:

Ryanair on September 11, 2018 condemned the surprise and unnecessary threatened pilot strike in Germany on Wednesday, September 12. The VC Union, which threatened this strike late on Monday evening, has not consulted with Ryanair’s German pilots, and has no reasonable basis for disrupting customers travel plans when Ryanair has already agreed to negotiate local contracts in Germany, agreed to mediation, and has proposed Mr Kieran Mulvey, who successfully mediated the Irish pilots dispute, is therefore familiar with all of these issues, and is available to work immediately.

Ryanair condemned the VC Union and its negotiator Ingolf Schumacher, who has failed to consult with Ryanair’s German pilots, who last Friday evening was unable to explain any difference between mediation and arbitration in Germany (when Ryanair has agreed to mediation), and who has called this strike at short (24 hours) notice, which can only damage Ryanair’s business and some of its bases in Germany, and may lead to aircraft and job cuts in the German market this winter.

Ryanair has written to its passengers this morning confirming that it will try to run its full German schedule tomorrow, September 12. Passengers are being offered a free move to flights on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday if they so wish, and Ryanair has also written to its German based pilots and cabin crew this morning advising them to work as normal tomorrow Wednesday, and to put its customers first rather than blindly following this damaging and unnecessary strike threat.

Meanwhile Ryanair has made this statement concerning ATC staff shortages on social media:

Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBC (msn 37520) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943420.

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Board of Ryanair restores six aircraft to Dublin base for winter 2018

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DWT (msn 33626) (Vigo - Cies Islands) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943419.

Ryanair made this announcement:

The Board of Ryanair Holdings on Friday September 7, 2018 announced that it has decided to restore six Dublin based aircraft which were due to transfer to Poland in November for the winter 2018 schedule.

The related protective notices issued to 300 Dublin pilots and cabin crew in July have also been withdrawn.

This decision was taken to respond favorably to the mediation agreement overseen by Mr Kieran Mulvey, which brought an end to five days of unsuccessful but damaging strikes by less than 25% of Ryanair’s Irish based pilots during July and August.

Ryanair’s Chief People Office, Eddie Wilson, said:

The Board of Ryanair thanked independent mediator, Kieran Mulvey for his contribution in finalising an agreement between Ryanair and just 25% of our Irish pilots.  We regret that mediation became necessary after five days of unsuccessful strikes which, despite causing minimal damage to Ryanair’s schedules, did damage our forward fares and yields to/from Ireland because of the perception of possible disruptions. 

The Board and management of Ryanair are committed to union recognition, and working constructively with our people and their unions to address their reasonable concerns, as long as this does not alter Ryanair’s low cost model or our ability to offer low fares to our customers. 

Since December last year, when the Board announced that we would recognise unions, Ryanair’s people have enjoyed significant pay increases, improved terms and conditions, and we have agreed to improved seniority structures, base transfers and annual leave.  We have done this in a year when we expect profits to fall by 15% due to a combination of higher fuel prices and higher staff costs.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DWT (msn 33626) (Vigo – Cies Islands) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943419.

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Ryanair continues to grow in Poland

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXF (msn 40322) (Costa Brava - Pirineau de Girona) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943422.

Ryanair has launched its biggest ever Summer 2019 schedule, during which it will base 2 new aircraft at Modlin and Krakow, and add 17 new routes, with 210 routes in total, which will deliver 12.5 million customers yearly through Ryanair’s 13 Polish airports next year, as Polish traffic grows 4% in Poland.

Ryanair’s Poland S19 schedule will deliver:

17 new routes including:

– Modlin (4) to Amman, Kiev, Lviv and Marseille

– Bydgoszcz (2) to Glasgow and Kiev

– Gdansk (2) to Barcelona and Kiev

– Krakow (5) to Amman, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Kiev and Lviv

– Poznan (3) to Cork, Kiev and Stockholm

– Wroclaw (1) to Kiev

Ryanair’s charter airline, Ryanair Sun, continues to grow strongly, carrying 700,000 customers in Summer 2018 season while currently negotiating a wider charter program for Summer 2019 with Poland’s leading tour operators.

In other news, Ryanair confirmed it will give a free 10kg checked bag to all 2 million non-priority customers who booked before August 31, 2018, for travel after November 1, 2018, the date when Ryanair introduces its new cheaper 10kg check bag service, and eliminates all free gate bags and related flight delays. All of these 2 million non-priority customers have been advised by email that a free 10kg checked bag has been added to their booking.

In addition, there are approximately 50,000 passengers who booked on/before August 31, 2018 but bought priority boarding (as a separate service) after September 1, 2018 since this new policy was introduced on August 31, 2018. All these passengers have had the €8 cost of their priority boarding refunded but Ryanair will still allow them to travel with priority boarding free of charge.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXF (msn 40322) (Costa Brava – Pirineau de Girona) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943422.

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FORSA Union recognized for Irish based cabin crew

Ryanair has released this statement:

Ryanair on August 30, 2018 announced that it has signed its fourth cabin crew union recognition agreement with FORSA, who will be the representative body for Ryanair’s directly employed cabin crew in Ireland.

Ryanair looks forward to working with FORSA and the elected Ryanair (Cabin Crew) Company Council to conclude an early CLA for Ryanair’s directly employed cabin crew based in Ireland. This agreement follows Ryanair’s cabin crew recognition deals with the Italian ANPAC, ANPAV and Fit-Cisl unions, UNITE the union in the UK and the Ver.di union in Germany.

Ryanair’s Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson said:

“We are pleased to sign this cabin crew recognition agreement with FORSA in Ireland. We look forward to working closely with both Forsa and their Company Council to address issues of concern to our directly employed Irish based cabin crew. This is a further sign of the progress Ryanair is making with trade unions since our December 2017 decision to recognise unions, with over 65% of our cabin crew now covered by recognition agreements and we hope to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.”