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# Airlines

All time
# in flight
Electronic device use permitted on US flights, but what about Irish flights?
Passengers on US flights will be allowed use laptops, tablets, mobiles and smart phones throughout the duration of their flight.
# winter schedule
Aer Lingus Regional adds 50 extra UK flights including new route to Newcastle
The airline also announced the addition of 10,000 seats to London Southend due to increased popularity with the route.
# Budget 2014
Good news for airlines: Air Travel Tax to be scrapped next year
The current rate of tax means airlines have to pay €3 for every passenger departing from an airport.
# sponsored by emirates
The Guide to Long Haul Flights
Planning on taking some holidays? Read this before you jet off.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Everyone’s talking about poor hygiene in hospitals, home births and students cheating in the Leaving Cert.
# NOT FOR SALE
Howlin: Conditions are not right for selling our stake in Aer Lingus
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin told an Oireachtas committee that “optimal conditions do not exist” for disposing of the government’s 25 per cent stake.
# Taking off
Ryanair creeps closer to 80m annual passengers after positive May
The budget airline says it carried 5 per cent more passengers in May 2013 than in 2012, leading to an annual increase.
# Jobswatch
Aer Lingus to seek 100 voluntary redundancies by end of 2013
The airline says increasing losses – of €45.5 million in the first quarter of 2013 – highlight the need to cut staff.
# 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.
# Pay per pound
'Pay as you weigh': Airline to charge passengers based on body weight
Samoa Air, which operates only two small aircraft, will ask passengers to pay fares based on their weight.
# Taking off
Ryanair finalises €12 billion order for 175 new Boeing planes
The airline has signed an agreement to order 175 new Boeing 737-800 planes which will be delivered over five years.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus passenger numbers fall in February, blames leap year
Aer Lingus has flown nearly 1.3 million passengers so far this year.
# Denied
EU blocks Aer Lingus takeover, Ryanair says it will appeal
The European Commission has now officially confirmed a decision that had been expected. Ryanair said immediately it will appeal the rejection of its third bid for Aer Lingus.
# Ryanair
Ryanair loses ECJ case on reimbursing costs for stranded passengers
The court ruling could have wide-ranging implications for air carriers and their passengers.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the EU introduce common rules for airlines on hand luggage?
Yesterday MEPs called for regulation of hand luggage charges to protect consumers from being exploited by airlines. Do you think the EU should introduce common rules?
# Dublin Airport
Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport up 2 per cent
An extra 360,000 passengers used Dublin Airport last year with an increase of 420,000 in international passengers.
# wi-high club
How 20,000 pounds of potatoes brought wi-fi to airplanes
Spuds, glorious spuds, stood in for people in on-board tests.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus reports mixed news in September passenger numbers
Long-haul and regional services have seen decent growth, but the numbers taking short-haul flights with Aer Lingus have fallen.
# Shannon Airport
American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport
A flight from Chicago to London Heathrow made an emergency landing shortly after 1pm today following reports of a smell of smoke on board.
# no kids
Airline launches child-free zone on flights
Only those over the age of 12 may sit in first seven rows on AirAsia X planes from next February.
# freebies
9 things that used to be free... but aren't now
Little bags of pretzels on airplanes, plastic bags, ‘the channels’… we miss the days of freebies.
# Airlines
Aer Lingus and Air Canada sign single ticket agreement
The airlines said the agreement will make travel between the two countries easier with customers using a single electronic ticket to travel.
# Consumers
Over €80,000 paid to consumers in refunds and compensation last year
Air passengers complaints amounted to half of the total number of cases where the ECC liaised with traders directly on behalf of customers.
# Airlines
'Reject Ryanair offer', Aer Lingus advises shareholders
Corporate letter to airline’s shareholders urges them to reject takeover bid by rival Ryanair.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus: operating losses down 83.6 per cent to €4.4m
Airline’s results for the first half of this year show increased passenger levels and total revenue.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus announces partnership deal with Etihad
Airlines have reached a new interline and code-share agreements to expand route choices for their customers.
# Ryanair
Ryanair's quarterly profits down, blames increasing fuel costs
Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said the airline still expected to grow its traffic for the full year by 4 per cent.
# Air Wars
Aer Lingus to Ryanair: Your bid undervalues us
As shares closed up at €1.09 tonight, Aer Lingus said that the bid of €1.30 per share from Ryanair undervalued it.
# Leaders' Questions
Kenny: Government ‘won’t be pushed into fire sale’ of Aer Lingus shares
The Taoiseach says the government hasn’t yet committed to selling its Aer Lingus take, and won’t be rushed.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ryanair be allowed to buy Aer Lingus?
The budget carrier has launched a third bid to take over its rival. Should it be allowed to go through?
# Air Wars
Aer Lingus tells shareholders to 'take no action' following Ryanair bid
Ryanair’s bid of €1.30 per share is well above the €0.94 they were worth yesterday – but Aer Lingus says not to act yet.
# Flights
Number of flights in Irish airspace continues to fall
Fewer flights into and out of each of the three state airports last month.
# Air Travel
Passengers at risk from plans to increase pilots' working hours, committee hears
Safety risks for passengers travelling in Europe would be “unacceptably high” if proposals from a European agency were introduced, pilot representative groups told TDs and senators today.
# Airlines
Long-haul budget airline 'to lower fares by using iPads'
Singapore Airline’s new ‘Scoot’ off-shoot says iPads are much lighter than traditional in-flight TVs, and therefore save fuel.
# tensions
Ryanair's shareholding in Aer Lingus on course to be investigated
Ryanair has already said it plans to appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.
# Airlines
Emirates roll out larger plane on Dublin-Dubai route two months early
The Boeing 777 wasn’t meant to start on the route until July – but Emirates have introduced it early due to major demand.
# North Korea
Flight paths changed as North Korea prepares for rocket launch
North Korean space officials said today that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed – and continued to deny it is a cover for missile test.
# Spain
General strike taking place in Spain over labour reforms
Airlines are warning passengers who are due to fly to or from Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canaries today to expect disruptions as demonstrations over austerity measures fill the streets.
# Ryanair
Ryanair to sue Budget Travel over 'unauthorised selling' of tickets
The airline claims that Budget Travel mis-sells Ryanair flights by screenscraping ticket information from the airline’s website and selling seats at inflated prices to consumers.
# In Numbers
Prime numbers: the week in stats
Sunday’s Super Bowl! Senators! Sovereigns! Slavery! Shell to Sea! And the surprisingly sensational Dubliner in drag…