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Scottish police called to calm and feed rioting Ryanair passengers

Scottish police called to calm and feed rioting Ryanair passengers Jun 25th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Once again, Irish low cost carrier Ryanair is in the news with a story involving passenger mistreatment. Yesterday, police were called to assist in calming 168 passengers on a Ryanair plane at Prestwick airport in the UK. The plane was bound for Girona, Spain, but had been stuck on the ground for six hours. With a wait of that length, the passengers were naturally becoming quite annoyed,...

Ryanair to open base in Valencia, Spain

Ryanair to open base in Valencia, Spain Jun 23rd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Budget airline Ryanair has announced that it will open a base in Valencia, Spain, Inside Ireland reports. Service will start in November with a total of 260 flights a week to 20 destinations, including popular spots such as Madrid, Barcelona, London-Stansted, Dublin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan, and Rome. Valencia is a port in eastern Spain that combines beautifully preserved medieval and...

Irish Minister's fury over Ryanair $120 baggage fee

Irish Minister's fury over Ryanair $120 baggage fee Jun 2nd, 2010 at 10:30AM: Ryanair has yet again managed to make the news with their outrageous fees - though this time, they may have annoyed the wrong person. For the busy summer season, Ryanair passengers will have to pay £5 more for their checked luggage - making the first checked bag £20 ($29) , and second bag £40 ($58). The real kicker comes when you are unable to check in online - which will...

Ryanair announces profits despite tough year

Ryanair announces profits despite tough year Jun 1st, 2010 at 11:00AM: Budget carrier Ryanair announced 341 million euros ($419 million) in profits for the first quarter of this year, despite the economic downturn and a loss during this time last year. These profits will be whittled away thanks to taxes, an estimated 50 million euro ($61.5 million) loss from the Icelandic volcano, and a 3 million euro ($3.75 million) fine the Italy slapped them with for stranding...

Germany bans Ryanair from charging credit card fees

Germany bans Ryanair from charging credit card fees May 21st, 2010 at 10:00AM: Ryanair has been handed a nasty blow to its business model in Germany when their federal court banned the budget airline from charging credit card fees on flight reservations. The case was brought against Ryanair by the German consumer protection agency who complained about the fee. Every ticket booked for Ryanair flights comes with an additional fee, varying between $2 and $5, and there is no...

Ryanair fined for not helping stranded passengers

Ryanair fined for not helping stranded passengers May 16th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Back during April's travel mess, the European Union warned Ryanair because Ryanair refused to compensate stranded passengers for lodging and food. The EU told them they were legally required to, and the budget carrier backed down. Here comes the sequel to that story. Italy has slapped Ryanair with a three million euro ($3.75 million) fine for not providing 178 people at Rome's Ciampino...

Ryanair says "screw you" to stranded passengers - European Union sends them a copy of the law

Ryanair says Apr 24th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Ryanair CEO Micheal O'Leary played tough guy this week when he told his customers that he wouldn't pay a penny to cover expenses resulting from being stranded due to the Icelandic Volcano. In statements to the media, he admitted that he was fully aware of EU compensation laws, but chose to ignore them claiming: There's no legislation designed that says any airline getting a fare of 30 euro...

Ryanair wants its winnings: One journalist's apartment

Ryanair wants its winnings: One journalist's apartment Apr 12th, 2010 at 5:30PM: What happens when one UK journalist casually bets her apartment on the assumption that no one likes Ryanair? Ryanair comes through with a customer satisfaction letter, and demands possession of her apartment. The Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon wagered her London flat against anyone who could prove that Ryanair passengers enjoyed their flights. In the article (dated April 7) in the UK daily,...

Ryanair paid bathrooms are really going to happen - perhaps

Ryanair paid bathrooms are really going to happen - perhaps Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:30AM: The story behind the Ryanair paid bathroom concept is a really weird one. The idea was first mentioned by their slightly insane CEO, Michael O'Leary. Then the story was debunked by their own spokesperson. And now, in a not so surprising twist, the airline has confirmed that paid bathrooms will indeed be coming to their planes -albeit in a phased introduction. The "pay to pee" facilities...

Furious Ryanair passenger eats his $13,600 winning lottery ticket

Furious Ryanair passenger eats his $13,600 winning lottery ticket Feb 27th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Despite all the weird things Ryanair manages to do to its passengers, they do have their fair share of wacky passengers as well. During one of their flights this week, a passenger purchased a scratchcard lottery ticket (one of the many ways Ryanair makes money). When he uncovered the numbers, he turned out to be the lucky winner of €10,000 (about $13,600). And this is where the story...

Gadling TV's Travel Talk 002: Google goes Trans-Siberian, BA Strike, Aircruises, S.F. in 24 hrs and more!

Gadling TV's Travel Talk 002: Google goes Trans-Siberian, BA Strike, Aircruises, S.F. in 24 hrs and more! Feb 24th, 2010 at 9:22AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 2 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is Gadling's version of a travel show. In each episode, we'll discuss hot travel news; share fun, useful tips for both traveling and bringing your travel experiences back home; spotlight exciting travel destinations; and much more. In this week's episode - we discuss Google's new project...

Ryanair dumps passengers on wrong island - doesn't care

Ryanair dumps passengers on wrong island - doesn't care Feb 19th, 2010 at 4:00PM: A planeload of passengers on a Ryanair flight from the UK to Lanzarote (one of the Spanish Canary Islands) learned the hard way that low cost carriers carry a hidden price. Instead of landing in Lanzarote, the plane landed in Fuerteventura (about 30 miles from their intended destination). Bad weather had forced the plane to divert, but usually when a plane has to divert, a normal airline...

Ryanair still serious about transatlantic plans -- but stays realistic

Ryanair still serious about transatlantic plans -- but stays realistic Jan 17th, 2010 at 2:00PM: In a recent interview with a Dutch newspaper, Ryanair founder Michael O'Leary sat down to discuss the future of his airline. The fastest growing airline in the world still operates out of a tiny office complex in Dublin, with no intention of moving to the kind of slick all-glass towers his competitors fill. When asked about the crisis in the aviation world, he laughs - "what crisis". In 2009,...

Ryanair blasted for "childish" payment system

Ryanair blasted for Jan 5th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Rarely does a week go by without some kind of news blasting Ryanair for something the low cost carrier did to annoy their customers. This time, it all revolves around a silly payment method implemented by Ryanair. For years, the airline has been advertising its ultra low cost fares without mentioning additional fees or surcharges. New regulations in the UK mean Ryanair has to include credit...

Ryanair passengers denied water in a five hour delay

Ryanair passengers denied water in a five hour delay Dec 28th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Ryanair passengers stuck for five hours on the tarmac at London Stansted last Monday were given ice cubes to fight the stuffy, hot conditions. Just the cubes. Suck on that. Six inches of snow fell tauntingly outside as passengers cooked, free of air conditioning, and flight attendants claimed that it was against regulations for them to hand out water. "A Ryanair spokesman claimed that...

Ryanair threaten to drop Italy

Ryanair threaten to drop Italy Dec 24th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Ryanair is saying it might ditch Italy ... and it's not just a publicity stunt. The low-cost airline says that new rules on which forms of identification are acceptable for boarding compromise security. The new reg, from Italy's civil aviation authority, ENAC, makes licenses for driving, fishing and hunting fine for use at the gate, along with government badges and other documents. This isn't...

Ryanair could change forever

Ryanair could change forever Nov 29th, 2009 at 3:00PM: What would Ryanair do without those gusts of hot air from Michael O'Leary? The company has been defined by cheap flights and the streams of absurdities uttered by its chief executive officer. Without O'Leary, Ryanair is nothing more than an uncomfortable seat for the price of a martini. Well, the big guy is planning to step down in two to three years, he said on Saturday. He's said this before, of...

AirTran tries to make money like an internet company

AirTran tries to make money like an internet company Nov 18th, 2009 at 4:00PM: If they can't make money taking passengers from one place to another, maybe airlines can harness the power of eyeballs ... you know, the way the web does. If you get enough people passing by a particular spot -- physical or virtual -- it's possible to toss up a few ads and make some money. This is what AirTran has in mind. The airline is putting ads on the bottoms of seat-back tray tables. So, for...

Eight months in a Swedish prison for drunk Ryanair passenger

Eight months in a Swedish prison for drunk Ryanair passenger Nov 6th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Back in June, a drunk Ryanair passenger started to freak out, and attempted to open the aircraft door in the middle of a flight from Riga to London. The man had finished an entire liter of vodka and a couple of beers, and it took two professional boxers to get him away from the door and pin him to the ground. The plane ended up making an emergency landing in Sweden to dispose of their drunk...

Ryanair threatens to "divorce" Boeing

Ryanair threatens to Nov 4th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Ryanair may start to look for its planes closer to home. Of course, saying it was thinking about a switch from Boeing to Airbus would be far too simple for CEO Michael O'Leary ... the genius behind "pay-to-pee" and many, many other stunts. O'Leary needs a bit more style, which is why his new intentions are being called "divorce." O'Leary believes that the management shakeup at Boeing has taken the...

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