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Ryanair Seriously Riled by Proposed New Dutch Aviation Tax – Claim’s it is ‘State Aid’ for KLM

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has hit out at a new Aviation Tax which is being proposed by the Dutch government.  The flat-rate tax of €7 per departing passenger was included in a draft bill introduced yesterday by the Dutch…

Ryanair Passenger Threatened to Hit Flight Attendant with Fire Extinguisher, Tried to Open Door

It’s happened again… This time, a passenger onboard a Ryanair flight from Manchester in the North of England to the popular Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria went berserk during the roughly five-hour flight and threatened to hit a member…

Ryanair Ordered to Pay Eight Pilots Between €380,000 and €480,000 in Compensation

A Dutch court has ordered Ryanair to pay eight pilots a total of nearly €4 million in compensation after creating an “unworkable situation” when the low-cost airline decided to close a crew base in Eindhoven.  In March, the Dutch labour…

Ryanair’s Report Card On Becoming a Fair Employer: Could Do Better

It’s been a year since Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair faced its very first cabin crew strikes.  The airline has come along way since first trying to face down workers who were fighting for better pay and working conditions but…

Ryanair Told it Can’t Fire Pilots and Cabin Crew After it Closed Base in Eindhoven

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has been told by the Dutch labour authority (UWV) that it did not have the right to fire pilots and cabin crew who were based Eindhoven, Netherlands when it decided to close the base last…

Has April Fools Come Early? Ryanair Launches New Airline Called ‘Buzz’

Has Ryanair’s new airline got a sting in its tail?  The Dublin-based low-cost carrier has decided to rebrand its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary as ‘Buzz’ featuring a honey bee design.  The airline was previously known as Ryanair Sun and it offers…

Ryanair Wins Case Against Compensation Claims Solicitors – Good or Bad for Consumers?

Ryanair has applauded a decision by London’s Court of Appeal which ruled in the airline’s favour over the way in which it communicates with customers about so-called ‘denied boarding’ compensation.  The case was brought against Ryanair by a firm of…

Ryanair Made a €20 Million Loss in Quarter Three – Blames Lower Than Expected Air Fares

Ryanair has today reported a €20 million loss in Q3, excluding expected full-year startup costs for Laudamotion which are currently estimated to hit as much as €140 million.  The Dublin-based airline laid the blame for the loss mainly at a6%…

Ryanair Issues Profit Warning After Being Forced to Slash Fares and More Could Follow

Ryanair has been forced to issue a rare profits warning which has seen €100 million wiped from its expected full-year guidance.  The airline says it now expects to turn a profit of between €1 billion to €1.1 billion which is…

Ryanair is NOT Allowed to Fire Dutch Pilots and Cabin Crew Who Refused to Move Bases

Dutch authorities have stepped in to prevent Ryanair from firing a group of pilots and cabin crew who refused to move to another work location outside of the Netherlands following the airline’s decision to close its Eindhoven base.  Ryanair said…

European Airlines Take Swipe at Ryanair and Gulf Carriers Over Employee Rights

Thought you’d heard the last of airlines trying to “level the playing field” with competitors who they accuse of benefiting from unfair subsidies?  Think again.  We’ve already seen the CEO’s of the big three U.S. airlines call out Qatar Airways…

Michael O’Leary “Fuelling the Industrial Unrest in Ryanair” According to Leading Pilots Union

The combative chief executive of Ryanair, 57-year old Michael O’Leary has once again angered unions with inflammatory comments that were reported in Saturday’s edition of London’s The Times newspaper.  The article in question was examining Ryanair’s responsibility to pay out…

Ryanair Has Only Signed Deals in Eight Out of Twenty One Countries Where its Crew Are Based

There’s a big difference between agreeing to recognise trade unions and actually striking deals that improve the working lives of your employees.  In a new report, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims there’s a still long way to go…

An Airline Chief Executive Has Won the Award For Being the World’s Worst Boss

The chief executive of Ryanair, the often outspoken Michael O’Leary has been named in a new poll as the World’s Worst Boss.  Other contenders for the gong included the Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, as well as…

REPORT: Ryanair Avoids Unionisation With Plans to Grow Polish Subsidiary

According to a new Reuters report, the Dublin-based low-cost airline Ryanair plans to grow its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary which uses self-employed cabin crew on lower wages than counterparts in other countries.  At present, the subsidiary which is known as Ryanair…

Ryanair and German Cabin Crew Union Hammer Out a Draft Agreement

Ryanair could actually be about to resolve a lengthy near year-long industrial dispute which has seen pilots and cabin crew hold strike action in several countries across Europe.  In a new development, the Dublin-based low-cost airline has managed to negotiate…

Ryanair Dimisses Cabin Crew Over “Staged” Photo: Sued Over Ability to Manage Labor Relations

A couple of weeks ago, Ryanair faced critism (no surprise there you might say) for an incident in which the airline was accused of mistreating its cabin crew (again, probably not too much of a surprise).  The allegations came about…

Unions Claim Ryanair Chairman Doesn’t Have Nearly As Much Support As Airline Reported

Just a day after a major Ryanair shareholder announced new plans to oust the airline’s longterm Chairman, unions have now claimed David Bonderman didn’t even receive the level of support at this year’s annual general meeting as originally reported.  Trade…

It Took A Week For Ryanair to Issue a Public Apology Over Handling of Racist Incident – Here’s What They Said…

Last Friday, a truly terrible incident occurred on a Ryanair plane while it was parked at the stand in Barcelona, Spain.  Of course, Ryanair wasn’t remotely responsible for what was said between two passengers on that flight but Europe’s largest…

When an Airline Puts an On-Time Departure Ahead of a Racist Thug: Ryanair Faces Some Tough Questions

There’s no shortage of stories of passengers behaving badly but this latest incident has probably got to be one of the worst we’ve heard about in a long time.  On Friday morning, a male passenger onboard Ryanair flight FR15 from…

Ryanair Releases Video Footage of “Staged” Cabin Crew Incident and Quickly Gets Shut Down By Internet

A couple of days ago, a photo leaked of a group of Ryanair cabin crew allegedly being forced to sleep on the floor of a crew room at the airline’s base in Malaga, Spain.  A number of Ryanair flights had…

Ryanair Cabin Crew Forced to Sleep on Floor After Ryanair Strands Them in Malaga, Spain

A photo has emerged of a group of Ryanair cabin crew allegdly being forced to sleep on the floor of the airline’s crew report room in Malaga, Spain after an Autumn storm temporarily grounded flights.  The six members of cabin…

Ryanair Boss Now Say’s He’s “Hopeful and Optimistic” that Progress is Being Made to Resolve Industrial Strife

The embattled boss of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary has reportedly said he is “hopeful and optimistic” the airline is making progress in negotiations with cabin crew and pilot unions across Europe over a bitter pay dispute.  Crew in six countries –…

Ryanair Forced To Cancel At Least 290 Flights On Friday As Airline Faces Its Biggest Strike Ever

Tomorrow, Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain will hold a 24-hour stoppage in what is expected to be the most widespread strike the airline has ever seen.  Pilots in Germany will also join the…

Uh Oh… The Ryanair Crashes Due to “Server Issues” Days Before ‘Lockdown’ AGM Gets Underway

Low-cost carrier, Ryanair’s website has crashed with just days to go before an all-important Annual General Meeting which has been enveloped with controversy.  In a statement posted on Ryanair’s official Twitter feed, the airline said the outage was being caused…

What is Ryanair Playing At? Allegations Airline is Blocking Polish Cabin Crew from Joining Union

Only yesterday, we reported on the fairly extraordinary news that Ryanair had managed to strike a major deal on a collective labour agreement with four cabin crew unions in Italy.  Crucially, the airline had agreed to offer local Italian employment…

VIDEO: Ryanair Has Agreed to Offer Local Contracts in Major Concession for Italian Cabin Crew

In a major concession for Italian-based Ryanair cabin crew, airline executives have agreed to offer local employment contracts governed under Italian law. At present, Ryanair employs staff at bases across Europe but they are all employed under Irish contracts where…

Wow! Ryanair Has Agreed to Offer Local Contracts in Major Concession for Italian Cabin Crew

In a major concession for Italian-based Ryanair cabin crew, airline executives have agreed to offer local employment contracts governed under Italian law.  At present, Ryanair employs staff at bases across Europe but they are all employed under Irish contracts where…

Ryanair Faces Rolling Cabin Crew Strikes Starting 28th September: Airline Rejects Claims it Will Cause “Chaos”

Over the last few months, Ryanair has faced significant difficulties in the relationship it holds with many of its in-flight crew including pilots and cabin crew.  Many of those problems are arguably of the airline’s very own making – allegations…

NEW: Ryanair Cabin Crew in Five Countries Threaten Strike Action in Late September

Seven trade unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in five countries have today announced plans for a possible strike in late September.  The news was announced following a meeting between the unions in Rome as they discussed an ongoing dispute over…

Billionaire Sexism Row Chairman of Ryanair Urged to Resign Over “Virulently Anti-Union” Corporate Culture

If you’ve heard of Ryanair (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) then you’ve no doubt heard of the airline’s brash, loudmouthed chief executive Michael O’Leary.  Largely credited with turning what was once a small regional Irish airline into the largest…

Ryanair is Now Accusing the UK’s Air Traffic Control of “Discrimination”: Files Formal Complaint

Unlike in many countries around the world, the government of the United Kingdom doesn’t fully own its air traffic control service.  Instead, the organisation which is known only as NATS is 49% owned by taxpayers, while two private companies own…

Ryanair is Changing its Baggage Policy AGAIN: Here’s How it Will Now Work

For years, Ryanair had an incredibly limited and uncompromising baggage policy.  Passengers could only bring one piece of hand luggage with them onboard the aircraft and the policy was strictly enforced.  Gate agents would make everyone demonstrate that their bag…

German Cabin Crew Union Starts Talks with Ryanair Today: But Will Both Sides be at Loggerheads?

Representatives from the German United Services Union (Ver.di) who represent directly employed Ryanair cabin crew in the country will today meet with Ryanair management at the airline’s head office in Dublin.  The discussions will be the first known negotiations between…

Ryanair Pilots in Germany Will Join Strike Action On Friday – Over 430 Flights to be Cancelled Across Europe

Giving Ryanair management just two days notice, the German Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union has announced plans to hold a 24-hour strike in protest at working conditions and pay at the low-cost carrier.  The strike action is set to begin at…

Can Cheap Air Fares and Good Working Conditions for Airline Workers Co-Exist? Ryanair Seems to Think Not

You would, quite frankly, be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t like a bargain airfare.  Sure, passengers value a schedule that meets their needs, a comfortable seat, good food and an increasingly more common demand, a WiFi connected aircraft. …

Royal Jordanian Narrows Losses But Could Indirect Competition From Ryanair Cause Pain in the Future?

Much like the Jordanian economy, the country’s national airline, Royal Jordanian has been suffering quite significantly over the last few years.  Once one of the strongest players in Middle East’s aviation sector, Royal Jordanian has dwindled into a marginalised and…

Ryanair’s Rivals Come to the Rescue of Pilots and Cabin Crew After 300-Layoffs Announced

easyJet recruiting over a thousand new cabin crew Vacancies available across Europe Norwegian seeking Boeing 737 pilots Biggest strike in Ryanair’s history saw airline cancel around 20% of flights Ryanair refusing to pay compensation to passengers Two of Ryanair’s biggest…

Ryanair Threatens Pilots and Cabin Crew with Layoffs as largest Strike in Airline’s History Gets Under Way

Over 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew could be made redundant Ryanair to shift at least six aircraft from Dublin to Poland Irish pilots announce August bank holiday strike Threat of other base closures if strikes continue Airline’s chief executive…

Ryanair Tries to Prove Point About Cabin Crew Earning Potential: Fails Miserably

With just two days to go before thousands of Ryanair cabin crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium are set to stage a 48-hour strike in protest at working conditions at the budget carrier, Ryanair has gone on a PR offensive…

Has Ryanair Threatened to Pull Out of Spain as Huge Cabin Crew Strike Looms?

Two unions which represent Ryanair cabin crew in Spain have accused airline executives of threatening to pull out of the country unless workers accept Irish employment contracts.  The accusations were made by Ernesto Iglesias of the USO union and Antonio…

Fact Checking Ryanair’s Claims About Treatment of Cabin Crew as Two-Day Strike Looms

Pitting passengers against its very own cabin crew, Ryanair has today revealed plans to pro-actively cancel around 600 flights during a two-day strike which will be held by Ryanair cabin crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium on 25th and 26th…

Ryanair and Lufthansa Have Got Themselves Into a War of Words Over a Little Known Austrian Airline

Two of Europe’s largest airlines, the low-cost Dublin-based Ryanair and Germany’s Lufthansa have got themselves into a very public and particularly nasty spat over Laudamotion – a little known Austrian airline in which Ryanair has acquired a 75% stake in.…

Ryanair Cabin Crew WILL Strike in July in a Bid to Improve Working Conditions

Ryanair cabin crew in four countries across Europe have announced plans to take strike action against the low-cost Dublin-based airline on 25th and 26th July 2018.  The walkouts could spell disaster for families with long-awaited holiday plans, with the prospect…

Ryanair Cabin Crew Publish List of 34 Demands to Improve Working Conditions at the Airline

Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair is coming under mounting pressure to improve cabin crew working conditions after a coalition of unions led by the International Transport Workers Federations (ITF) published a list of 34 demands it wants Ryanair to meet. …

Not Everyone is Happy with Ryanair Striking a Deal with Italian Cabin Crew Unions

A couple of days ago, we reported on the news that Ryanair had managed to strike its first-ever union recognition deal for cabin crew with two Italian unions.  The agreement will allow the ANPAC and ANPAV unions to negotiate on…

Ryanair Makes History by Officially Recognising a Cabin Crew Union for the First Time Ever

Ryanair has just announced its first success in striking a deal with a cabin crew union for the first time in its history.  The Dublin-based low-cost airline first announced its intention to recognise unions in December 2017 but had initially…

Ryanair Could Face Coordinated Cabin Crew Strikes Over the Busy Summer Months

The chances of Ryanair cabin crew across Europe taking part in strike action this summer have just nudged a little higher, with some saying industrial action could take place as early as the end of June.  The news comes on…

Ryanair Cabin Crew Are Set to Come Together for the First Time and Demand Better Working Conditions

Ryanair might be one of Europe’s largest airlines but the low-cost carrier doesn’t have the most stellar reputation for the way it treats its staff.  In the past, Ryanair’s outspoken chief executive, Michael O’Leary even appeared to enjoy being seen…

Ryanair Plans Big Cabin Crew Recruitment Drive in United Kingdom – More Positions Available Throughout Europe

Ryanair is planning a big cabin crew recruitment drive in the United Kingdom with 200 new positions available at its cabin crew bases around the country and more opportunities open throughout Europe. The airline will be holding a number of…

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