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# Airline

Last year
2022
# Government
Portuguese ministers resign after severance pay controversy at state airline
Infrastructure minister Pedro Nunes Santos and his deputy Hugo Santos Mendes announced they were stepping down.
# Technical Difficulties
Aer Lingus apologises after customers left unable to check-in online
The airline has said its online check-in and manage trip services are “back up and running”.
# Disability
'Left high and dry': Wheelchair users hit out at damage caused while flying
‘What’s not understood by airlines and baggage handlers is that the wheelchair is basically somebody’s legs.’
# Invasion
Ryanair suspends Ukrainian flights as country's airspace closes to civilian operators
A number of the country’s airports have reportedly come under attack in the past few hours.
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# Air Travel
Blocking middle seats on planes reduces virus risk by half, study suggests
Airlines don’t agree, they argue that filters and air-flow systems on most planes make them safe when passengers wear face masks.
# 737 max
Boeing 737 Max cleared to resume flying in Europe from next week
The 737 Max returned to the skies in the United States last month.
# Apology
Qatar issues apology after examinations of women passengers
Human rights activists describe such examinations conducted under duress as equivalent to sexual assault.
# Ryanair
Italy threatens to ban Ryanair if 'violations of anti-Covid-19 health measures' continue
Ryanair said in a statement that the claims made by ENAC are “factually incorrect”.
# Flights
Ryanair says it is trying to speed up processing customer refunds from March to June
Pilots at the airline have accepted a 20% pay cut to “minimise job losses”.
# Coronavirus
Ryanair expects 'minimal, if any' flights during April and May as much of its fleet remains grounded
The company said that the number of passengers it carried in March was 48% lower than the same month last year.
# Coronavirus
Budget airline Flybe 'on brink of collapse' after failing to secure €115m loan
The struggling airline has been hit by a slump in bookings since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
# Air Canada
Boeing 767 makes emergency landing at Madrid airport after landing gear enters engine
The flight left Barajas airport in Madrid earlier today.
# Boarding Pass
Aer Lingus apologises as customers unable to download boarding passes
The airline said it was a technical issue.
# Industrial Action
High Court to hear Ryanair bid to prevent pilots' strike
Their trade union served notice last week of plans for 48 hours of strike action from midnight on 22 August.
# discontinued
Norwegian Air to scrap its Ireland to North America flights from 15 September
The carrier is one of many airlines affected by the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet.
# Apology
Aer Lingus CEO apologises to staff for 'hurt and upset' caused by newspaper article
Stephen Kavanagh met with staff and union representatives yesterday evening.
# INspections
Aer Lingus 'dismayed' at 'small subset' of staff who do not behave in an exemplary manner
SIPTU is to contact Aer Lingus over roll-out of CCTV in staff areas due to missing stock.
# Priority Boarding
Ryanair is allowing a 'grace period' before the new fee for 10kg cabin bags kicks in
Non-priority passengers will have to bring 10kg cabin bags on board.
# No Frills
Italy's competition watchdog is investigating Ryanair's hand luggage charge
The watchdog described hand luggage as an “essential” item for travellers.
# New York
Plane quarantined at JFK airport after passengers report feeling ill
Other passengers are now being allowed to disembark and are having their temperatures taken.
# forsa
Ryanair accuses pilot union of having no mandate, demands strike be called off
Ryanair has had a troubled relationship with unions in the past, and only recently recognised unions.
# China
Co-pilot partly sucked out of plane as cockpit window breaks at 32,000 feet
The Sichuan Airlines plane carrying 128 people was diverted and made an emergency landing.
# Michael O'Leary
Ryanair's Q3 profits up by 12%, but O'Leary warns that 2018 will be a 'bumpy year'
Michael O’Leary said the company will remain “cautious” throughout the rest of its financial year.
# tarmac trevails
The UK's travel watchdog is to investigate if airlines are 'pro-actively splitting up groups'
In a survey of different airlines, groups travelling with Ryanair were more likely to be seated separately if they hadn’t paid for their seats.
# Malaysia Airlines
'It was like hell': Passengers terrified as 'shaking' Malaysia Airlines flight forced turn back
Flight MH122 was heading from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur when one of its engines shut down.
# Industrial Action
Ryanair strike to go ahead unless airline management meets with union
The dispute centres around employe conditions, with pilots asking that they be allowed to negotiate using unions, and Ryanair refusing to recognise unions.
# grounded
Italian union announces 4-hour strike of Ryanair pilots for 15 December
The Anpac union has called a strike of Ryanair pilots at bases across Italy on 15 December for four hours, from 1pm to 5pm.
# War games
Air crew over Japan saw North Korean missile re-enter atmosphere
The airline’s general manager said crew described seeing the missile “blow up and fall apart”.
# Courts
Ryanair brings Irish Independent and journalist to court
The journalist has recently been reporting on pay talks Ryanair has been having with pilots.
# Flybe
Plane forced into emergency landing at Belfast Airport due to faulty nose gear
The flight, which was heading to Inverness, officially declared an emergency at 12.36pm.
# rostering issues
Ryanair tells pilots they will likely have to take all their annual leave in first three months of next year
The memo to staff comes following a tumultuous month at the airline.
# Negotiations
Ryanair pilot criticises negotiations in letter to Michael O'Leary
Dublin-based Captain Imelda Comer hand delivered the letter to Ryanair management yesterday.
# grounded
Monarch Airlines ceases trading leaving 110,000 passengers stranded
The failure has been described as “the biggest ever UK airline failure”.
# Cancelled
Explainer: Here's what to do if Ryanair cancels your flight
Up to 50 flights a day will be cancelled over the next six weeks.
# Payback
140 Ryanair pilots have left for a competitor in the last year
Ryanair plans to cancel 40-50 flights daily for the next six weeks.
# Trade Unions
Ryanair fell foul of Europe's top court today - here's what you need to know
The decision may have a big impact on future labour disputes at the airline.
# just the one
Only one small bag to be permitted on board as Ryanair axes second free carry-on policy
Ryanair has increased check-in bag sizes from 15kg to 20kg.
# France
EasyJet passenger allegedly punched by an airport worker in Nice
The flight the passenger was due to fly on was delayed for hours.
# unexpected arrival
Spanish airline ordered to stop making prospective employees take pregnancy tests
Iberia was fined €25,000 over the practice.