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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Airlines

All time
# it ain't happening
Fly to Australia for €200? Not with Ryanair you won't
The low-cost airline is looking to provide connections for long-haul carriers, but won’t be flying long distance itself anytime soon…
# not so nicely
Ryanair fined for bad customer service... How's that 'nice' thing going for you Michael?
The airline – which has been going through a ‘nice-over’ – will appeal the Italian ruling.
# Flying High
Michael O'Leary's piece of Ryanair was worth half a BILLION today as shares hit a new high
It’s a good time to be the boss.
# Tragedy
Seven AirAsia bodies recovered - but the weather's still hampering recovery
The flight crashed in the Java Sea earlier this week.
# Christoph Mueller
Aer Lingus's CEO is going to be the new boss of Malaysia Airlines
He previously occupied top positions at German flag carrier Lufthansa and the former Belgian carrier Sabena.
# nice little earner
Ryanair should clock over 90m passengers this year. That means some tidy profits
The company was worth over €13 billion on the share market today for the first time ever.
# Backlash
Malaysia Airlines forced to apologise for questionable tweet
The airline is struggling to deal with the loss of two passenger flights in 2014.
# confused no more
Ever accidentally bought travel insurance from Ryanair? Those days are over
The budget airline has changed how insurance information is presented on its website.
# We are not amused
Irish airports will get 1.8m more passengers this year, but regional hubs are missing out
It was good enough for the Queen, but Cork Airport hasn’t been getting any love from those extra punters.
# Chicken or Beef
Why is aeroplane food so bad?
It’s more to do with science, than anything else.
# Legroom
Flying could be about to get way more comfortable
Even in economy.
# winners
Shannon Airport wins 'Airport of the Year' in European awards
This is the first time an Irish airport has won this award and judges singled it out because of its success in ending five years of “seemingly interminable decline”.
# Investigation
MH17 crash report on what brought down plane over Ukraine due next week
The highly-anticipated first report will be released by the Dutch Safety Board on Tuesday.
# Kick Up a Fuss
Which industry did Irish consumers complain about most in 2013?
No prizes…
# Facepalm
Airline responds to customer complaint with worst apology letter ever
[Insert apology here]
# mh17
One of the most crucial air routes in the world cuts through Ukrainian airspace
The area is now a no-fly zone after last night’s crash.
# mh17
East Ukraine airspace has been closed until further notice
Aer Lingus and Ryanair confirm they do not fly over Ukrainian air space and flights are not impacted by the restrictions.
# On the up
Aer Lingus growing strongly, but they've still carried less in 2014 than Ryanair did last month
All in all, both airlines customer numbers are going in the right direction.
# Leaving on a jet plane
Ryanair's No. 2 is stepping down, but they've got a replacement already lined up
Current finance director Neil Sorahan is taking over from Howard Millar.
# Sky High
'Last opportunity' to resolve Aer Lingus pension dispute
The company says that its decision to accept the hit will defuse the risk of future strikes.
# Airlines
Etihad Airways to acquire half of Alitalia
Deal between debt-laden Italian airline and Etihad is subject to regulator approval.
# Flight Delays
France strike wreaks havoc on airline schedules as flights delayed for up to 5 hours
Ryanair has cancelled about 240 flights today.
# plugging the gap
€780mn airport pension hole: Expert panel urges Aer Lingus and DAA to pay more
The plan may face problems being passed by Aer Lingus shareholders, however.
# Flying High
What's the world's most popular international airline?
The answer might surprise you.
# Let's talk
Aer Lingus management and union reps to hold talks at Dublin Airport today
The removal of discounted flight privileges will be raised at today’s meeting.
# Action Plan
Are enough airline staff being trained to identify trafficking victims?
Irish airlines are being encouraged to use the online training resource, developed by the Justice Department.
# Flight 214
Pilot error 'probable cause' of fatal San Francisco crash
The airline had previously defended both pilots.
# Journalism
Mark Little: Journalists filled in gaps on MH370 plane with 'baseless speculation'
The founder of Storyful was critical of how broadcasters filled programmes with discussion and conspiracy theories in lieu of facts.
# Thumbs up
Ratings agency S&P is a Ryanair fan, praising ‘industry-leading operating efficiency’
The ratings agency did however note Ryanair’s ‘reputation for providing less customer-friendly services than some of its peers’.
# Legal Fees
SIPTU told to pay DAA and Ryanair's legal fees over strike injunction
Justice Gilligan placed a stay on the ruling subject to a full hearing on the issues around the strike.
# Mystery
Malaysia under fire over 'chaotic' search for missing jet
Malaysia’s Transport Minister said that the country will “never give up hope”.
# dmx dublin
Ryanair's new marketing man: We want to make it better for customers
Kenny Jacobs will tell DMX Dublin conference next week about plans to make the company a ‘digital leader’.
# Building Bridges
Where's Richard Bruton this week? Singapore apparently
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is on the first ever joint trade mission of ministers from the Republic, Northern Ireland and the UK.
# 80s flashback
This airline's new in-flight safety video is a lesson in 80s nostalgia
Watch out for Alf, Teddy Ruxpin, and lots of hairspray.
# Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook Irish closure could impact on prices say travel agents
The ITAA say that a reduction in capacity and an increase in demand will result from the closure and have encouraged travellers to seek best prices.
# Ryanair
Ryanair launch group booking as it targets large travelling parties
Other airlines already offer the service but Ryanair is following suit and promises that a new corporate travel product is also in the works.
# Air Travel
Aer Lingus passenger numbers fall slightly, but sees 12% jump in long-haul
Figures release today show that 733,000 passengers flew with the airline last month.
# diverted
Irish passengers diverted from Stansted Airport after technical problem
Ryanair passengers flying from Dublin, Shannon and Cork were diverted to London Gatwick and East Midlands Airport.
# Aviation
Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 5 per cent in November
The company had signalled the drop in passengers last month, with long haul passenger numbers dropping 6.9 per cent.
# Deal
Aer Lingus crew at Shannon Airport back LRC deal in staffing dispute
The deal will see five crew operating the new smaller transatlantic services with a review of operations due next summer.