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# Airline

    # all change
    Finally! Ryanair overhauls its website to make it less ugly
    The website has been the source of much angst for its customers over the years, but now it’s been updated to something a bit less blue and yellow.
    # intervention
    Fianna Fáil says government needs to intervene in Lufthansa Technik closure
    Today Lufthansa said it was considering closing its firm in Rathcoole.
    # jetsetting
    Dublin-Newfoundland route to launch next summer
    The new service will operate from June to October from Dublin Airport.
    # Aer Lingus
    Cabin crew base closure could be averted following 5am talks breakthrough
    The proposals will be put to IMPACT’s cabin crew committee at lunchtime.
    # that's my armrest
    New plane seats could morph to fit each passenger
    Imagine you could change the size of your seat…
    # Jobswatch
    Good news: Ryanair announces 300 new jobs
    The airline is introducing 9 new routes from Dublin from next year.
    # Aer Lingus
    'Some progress' in talks on closure of Shannon cabin crew base
    Discussions between union representatives and Aer Lingus management went on till around midnight last night.
    # bird strike
    This is the damage a bird can do hitting a 747 mid-flight
    A collision at speed can wreak more havoc than one would suspect.
    # Aer Lingus
    Aer Lingus and IMPACT to meet with LRC over Shannon job losses
    The commission said the meeting will centre solely around plans to close a cabin crew base in Shannon and not yesterday’s results of a ballot for industrial action.
    # Sexual Exploitation
    Pilot scheme trains airline and airport crew to better spot human trafficking
    Developed by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, it’s hoped the project will be rolled out throughout Europe.
    # Aer Lingus
    Aer Lingus cabin crew vote in favour of industrial action
    The ballot by IMPACT includes strike action but the branch committee will now meet over the next few days to consider the appropriate course of action.
    # new routes
    Ryanair brings the Netherlands, Scotland and Lithuania to Knock
    The budget airline said it hopes to announce further new route and traffic growth plans in the coming weeks.
    # Ryanair
    Ryanair Pilot Group calls on O'Leary to negotiate single contract
    The group wants O’Leary to negotiate a single contract that applies to all pilots flying for the airline.
    # fasten your seatbelt
    Virgin America's airline safety video is brilliantly fabulous
    Do the safety dance.
    # Shannon
    Aer Lingus to close Shannon cabin crew base that employs 87
    It follows a dispute with the IMPACT trade union on staffing levels for new transatlantic services.
    # Budget 2014
    With the Air Travel Tax gone, Ryanair commits to a million more passengers
    The airline says it wants to meet Irish airport bosses to discus growing its traffic in and out of Ireland by at least one million passengers a year from April 2014.
    # Medical Diversion
    Dublin-bound Ryanair flight diverted to Italy after passenger is taken ill
    The plane landed in Sicily shortly after take off from Malta after a member of an Irish dancing troupe took ill.
    # new frills
    Don't hold back: Ryanair want your ideas on how to 'further' improve customer service
    Michael O’Leary’s open to ideas on how to soften those “rough edges” at the low fares carrier.
    # false alarm
    Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 evacuated after fire alert
    A smoke alarm was triggered at a café, and a section of the facility was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
    # Flights
    FAA panel advises lifting ban on use of gadgets during take-off and landing
    The panel said a ban should remain on browsing the Internet and sending or receiving texts and emails while the plane is flying below 10,000 feet.
    # new frills
    Ryanair publishes complaints email address after NCA action
    The carrier confirmed yesterday it was dropping a court action challenging the agency’s order.
    # Ryanair
    Ryanair donates to autism charity after boarding pass controversy
    A spokesperson said the airline would not disclose the amount of the donation but said the airline regretted the two volunteers were charged for having their boarding passes printed.
    Ryanair hits back at survey that says it has the worst customer service
    The low-cost airline tweeted a tongue in cheek response, saying Which magazine ‘hasn’t got a clue’.
    # Ryanair
    No more captchas for individual bookings on
    Plus, the airline is making its app free – it will no longer cost €3, thanks to its new digital strategy.
    # Airport
    Pilot arrested at English airport on suspicion of being drunk
    The airline said the pilot has been grounded after he was arrested at Leeds Bradford airport last night.
    # Airline
    'Record year' for transatlantic flights at Dublin Airport
    The total passenger numbers at the airport are up this year by 6 per cent.
    # Airline
    Aer Lingus passenger numbers increase by 0.9 per cent
    The company did say, however, that good weather in July affected its forward booking profile.
    # Cork Airport
    Just one air traffic controller to work night shift at Cork Airport from January
    The Irish Aviation Authority said that reduced flight numbers and charges as well as cuts in revenue per flight have made current service levels “unsustainable”.
    # Questions and Answers
    TD asks Oireachtas to question Ryanair on safety record
    Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley has written to the chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport to ask him to invite Ryanair to discuss their procedures.
    # Strike
    Talks to avoid strike action by Aer Arann underway
    Aer Arann management and pilot representatives commenced their talks earlier this evening.
    # Airline Safety
    Ryanair pilots reveal serious concerns about passenger safety
    More than 90 per cent of pilots surveyed believe Irish and European aviation authorities should investigate the impact of employment practices on safety.
    # Come Fly With Me
    Summer holidays give boost to Aer Lingus passenger figures
    Passenger figures at Aer Lingus have increased by almost 3 per cent compared to this time last year.
    # Taking off
    Ryanair says it's probably going to make a €600 million profit this year
    Ryanair’s profits dropped by 21 per cent in the first three months of this year – but the airline said
    # Come Fly With Me
    3% more passengers fly with Aer Lingus in June
    While long haul flown passengers is up by 17.2 per cent last month compared to the same time last year.
    # gone
    Michael O'Leary's second-in-command at Ryanair to step down
    Michael Cawley has worked at Ryanair since 1997 and is leaving to pursue other business interests.
    # Ruling
    Ryanair loses EU court battle over sale of Alitalia planes
    The Dublin-based carrier had argued the sale shouldn’t be allowed as the Italian airline received unlawful state aid.
    # Strike
    French air traffic controllers call off third day of crippling strike
    France and Germany have asked the EU to delay its ‘Single European Sky’ plans, ending the strike a day early.
    # Strike
    Aer Lingus and Ryanair cancel more flights as protest spreads accross Europe
    Workers in ten other countries are expected to stage protests today including work-to-rule action and public information campaigns.
    # pet vacation
    This is everything* you need to know about bringing your pet on holidays
    Well, all of the most important things anyway…
    # Strike
    Strike action sees Lufthansa flights cancelled across Europe
    Dozens of flights to and from Ireland and the UK have been affected, with Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports all targeted by the strikes.
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