Ryanair Irish Pilots Withdraw From Mediation After No Progress Is Made On Their Unrealistic Demands

Ryanair pilots and their union Fórsa yesterday evening (14 Aug) withdrew from Mediation talks chaired by Mr Kieran Mulvey when no progress was made on their unrealistic and unimplementable pay proposals.

 

At yesterday’s mediation, the Ryanair Pilots Committee and Fórsa confirmed that they are seeking pay increases of 101% on top of current annual pay of over €172,000. Ryanair Pilots are insisting on these pay demands being met, just one day after Norwegian announced the closure of its Dublin operations with the loss of over 120 crew jobs, despite the fact that Ryanair has a surplus of over 500 pilots due to the delayed delivery of over 30 MAX aircraft this winter, and just 10 weeks before a “no-deal” Brexit could cause further disruption to air travel and airline jobs in Ireland and the UK.

 

Ryanair has called on its pilots and the Fórsa union to return to Independent Mediation with reasonable proposals which reflect the falling airfares and profits Ryanair has recently reported, as well as the fact that Ryanair pilot pay is already 20% ahead of comparable 737 airline pilot pay in Norwegian and Jet2.

 

Speaking yesterday evening, Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said:

 

“We have done everything in our power to avoid disruption to our flights and our customers’ holidays. However, no company can concede to grossly unreasonable demands from its highest paid workers for a further pay increase of over 100% (when they already agreed and received a 20% pay increase earlier this year) at a time when the airline industry is in crisis.

 

Ryanair pilots who are already among the best paid workers in Ireland are now threatening to disrupt the holiday travel plans of thousands of customers over the coming weeks as they demand that their pay be increased from €172,000 p.a. to over €347,000 p.a. that would see them earn more than the President of Ireland or our Taoiseach, even as Norwegian makes all of its Dublin pilots redundant. We remain willing to engage in Mediation with our pilots and Fórsa but call on them to avoid disrupting our customers’ travel plans in pursuit of what are clearly unrealistic and unimplementable pay proposals.”

Ballot By Pilot Union Fórsa Has Support Of Less Than 25% Of Ryanair Irish Pilots

Dublin 9 Aug – Ryanair is disappointed that the pilots union FÓRSA is threatening to disrupt customers’ travel plans during August when its ballot has the support of less than 25% of Ryanair’s Irish pilots.

 

The result of FÓRSA’s ballot shows that less than half of Ryanair’s Irish pilots are members of FÓRSA, and less than 60% of these FÓRSA members participated in the ballot with less than 25% of Ryanair’s Irish Pilots voting for industrial action. This disruption of customers’ holiday plans has no  valid mandate from Ryanair’s Irish Pilots.

 

Since summer 2018, Ryanair and FÓRSA have engaged in a mediation process under Mr Kieran Mulvey which has delivered collective agreements on promotions, transfers, seniority and most recently (April 2019), a pay increase of up to 20% for those Irish pilots who had not agreed this 20% increase in 2018. Ryanair’s Irish pilots also enjoy a 5 on, 4 off roster (a double bank holiday every week).

 

On 30th July Fórsa gave an undertaking to Mediator Kieran Mulvey that they would return to mediation next week (beginning 11 Aug) with specific pay proposals, which they have failed to provide either to Ryanair or Kieran Mulvey for over 6 months now.

 

FÓRSA are still unable to explain what pay increase they are seeking on top of the 20% increase already agreed, at a time when Ryanair pilots resignations have dwindled to zero because Ryanair pilots are better paid than 737 competitor pilots in Norwegian (who are cutting pilot pay and jobs) and Jet2 (who have frozen pilot pay in return for improved rosters).  The pay deals already agreed with FÓRSA have deliver pay increases of up to 20% at a time when Ryanair profits are falling due to higher fuel and payroll costs, with Senior Captains now earning over €200,000 p.a. for working five days on, followed by four days off. Ryanair pilots already earn 20% more than pilots in comparable 737 airlines like Norwegian.

 

This FÓRSA threat of industrial action has no mandate from Ryanair pilots, and is ill-timed just 10 weeks before a hard Brexit, while Ryanair is in the process of letting excess pilots go due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays. FÓRSA should continue in mediation and avoid threatening unnecessary disruptions to customers holidays and travel plans.

 

Ryanair now calls on FÓRSA to explain why it is announcing industrial action and customer disruptions while it is still in a mediation process, led by Mr Kieran Mulvey, under which they have yet to table any specific pay proposals. FÓRSA should now continue mediation with Ryanair instead of threatening ill-judged and ill-timed industrial action with the sole intention of creating uncertainty for customers travelling during the late August period.

Ryanair Lancia La Nuova Rotta Torino-Bristol

Ryanair, la compagnia No.1 in Italia e in Europa, ha annunciato oggi (30 luglio) la nuova rotta che, a partire da dicembre 2019, collegherà Torino all’aeroporto di Bristol (nel Regno Unito) con un servizio settimanale. Questa connessione rientra nell’ambito della programmazione invernale 2019 da Torino.

La nuova rotta permette ai viaggiatori italiani di concerdersi un city break a Bristol quest’inverno e promuove Torino come destinazione ideale per gli sport invernali per i visitatori provenienti dal Regno Unito. I passeggeri in partenza dall’Italia possono quindi prenotare un volo per Bristol fino a marzo 2020, usufruendo di tariffe ancora più basse e dei miglioramenti del servizio clienti di Ryanair nel 2019, tra cui:

  • Tariffe più basse – trova una tariffa più economica entro 3 ore, riceverai la differenza più 5 Euro di credito su MyRyanair
  • Puntualità – assicuriamo il 90% della puntualità (escluse cause ATC) o il 5% di sconto sulle tariffe aeree del mese successivo
  • Carta per l’Assistenza Clienti – richieste per i reclami EU261 elaborate in 10 giorni, nuovo supporto 24/7, connessione in 2 minuti
  • Miglioramenti nell’assistenza – modifiche gratuite alle prenotazioni nelle 48 ore successive
  • Progressi Ambientali – programma di compensazione di emissioni del carbonio, partnership ambientali ed eliminazione della plastica in 5 anni
  • Nuova “Ryanair Choice” – 199 Euro di quota annuale per posti gratuiti, fast-track e imbarco prioritario per i clienti abituali
  • Progressi Digitali – nuova modalità “Trova Tariffe”, biglietti per eventi sportivi, guide turistiche su misura e fruizione mobile più rapida

 

Per festeggiare, Ryanair ha lanciato un’offerta a partire da soli 19,99 Euro, per viaggiare a ottobre e novembre, valida per prenotazioni entro la mezzanotte di mercoledì (31 luglio), solo sul sito Ryanair.com.

Chiara Ravara Head of Sales and Marketing Ryanair ha dichiarato:

Ryanair è lieta di annunciare la nuova rotta che, a partire da dicembre, collegherà Torino con l’aeroporto di Bristol, nel Regno Unito, e che opererà con una frequenza settimanale, nell’ambito dell’operativo invernale 2019 da Torino. I viaggiatori in partenza da Torino possono ora prenotare un volo per Bristol fino a marzo 2020.

Inoltre, il nostro investimento in questa nuova rotta contribuirà a posizionare Torino come meta perfetta per un city break per i viaggiatori in partenza dal Regno Unito – oltre a promuovere la regione Piemonte come destinazione sciistica ideale, con centinaia di km di piste. Non vediamo l’ora di incrementare il traffico su Torino, oltre al numero di rotte e posti di lavoro nei prossimi anni.

Per festeggiare, abbiamo lanciato un’offerta a partire da soli 19,99 Euro, per viaggiare a ottobre e novembre, valida per prenotazioni entro la mezzanotte di mercoledì (31 luglio). Dal momento che queste incredibili tariffe termineranno rapidamente, invitiamo i clienti a collegarsi al sito www.ryanair.com per non perdere l’occasione”.

Andrea Andorno, Amministratore Delegato di Torino Airport, ha dichiarato:

“Il traffico sciistico è strategico per l’Aeroporto di Torino, vero gateway italiano per questo tipo di domanda, che permette l’arricchimento del portafoglio di destinazioni di cui beneficiano anche i Torinesi. Con il nuovo volo per Bristol, Ryanair si conferma un partner importante di Torino Airport, per sviluppare tutti i tipi di traffico, sia incoming, sia outgoing”.

Ryanair Launches New Bristol Ski Route To Turin

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (30 July) announced a new weekly Bristol ski route to Turin, Italy, commencing in December 2019, as part of Ryanair’s extended Bristol Winter 19 schedule.

 

Bristol consumers and visitors can now book their ski holiday to Turin as far out as March 2020, enjoying even lower fares and Ryanair’s customer care improvements, including:

 

  • Lowest Fares – find a cheaper fare within 3 hours, get paid the difference plus £5 MyRyanair credit
  • Punctuality – deliver 90% target (excl. ATC) or 5% off following month’s air fares
  • Customer Care Charter – EU261 claims processed in 10 days, new 24/7 support, connect in 2 mins
  • Care Improvements – 48-hour free of charge grace period for changes to bookings
  • Environmental Improvements – carbon offset programme, environmental partnerships & plastic free in 5 years
  • New Ryanair Choice – £199 annual fee for free seats, fast-track & priority boarding for freq. guests
  • Digital Improvements – new fare finder, sports tickets, bespoke travel guides & faster mobile

 

To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares starting from just £19.99 for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (1 Aug), only on the Ryanair.com website.

 

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said:

“Ryanair is pleased to add this extra ski option for Bristol consumers to take to the slopes, with a weekly flight to Turin, Italy, starting in December as part of our extended Bristol winter 19 schedule. Customers in Bristol can now book flights to Turin as far out as March 2020. 

To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £19.99 for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight Turin (1 Aug). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

 

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said:

“We are delighted Ryanair is adding Turin to the route network from Bristol Airport this winter.  The announcement further extends the choice for passengers either as a great winter getaway, or as a skiing destination due to Turin’s proximity to the Alps.” 

Ryanair Q1 Profits Fall 21% To €243m Due To Lower Fares, Higher Fuel & Staff Costs. Full Year Guidance Unchanged.

Ryanair Holdings plc today (29 July) reported a 21% fall in Q1 profits to €243m. A 6% decline in ave. fare was offset by strong ancillary revenues and 11% traffic growth to 42m guests. Costs rose 19% as our fuel bill increased 24% and Lauda costs were fully consolidated (but not in the prior year quarter).

 

Q1 (IFRS)Jun. 2018Jun. 2019% Change
Guests37.6m41.9m+11%
Load Factor96%96% –
Revenue€2.08bn€2.31bn+11%
PAT€309m€243m-21%
Basic EPS (euro cent)26.6221.47-19%

 

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“As previously guided, Q1 profits fell 21% to €243m due to lower fares, higher fuel and staff costs.

Q1 highlights include:

 

  • Revenue per guest flat at €55 (6% lower fares offset by 14% higher ancillary rev.)
  • Traffic up 11% to 42m guests
  • 239 new routes & 4 new bases (Bordeaux, Marseille, Southend & Berlin) launched
  • Malta Air becomes the 4th Group airline
  • Lauda Airbus fleet grows to 20 A320s
  • MAX deliveries are further delayed to end of year
  • Ryanair becomes first EU airline to publish monthly CO₂ emissions (66g per pax/km)
  • €700m share buyback commenced in May

Revenue

Revenues rose 11% to €2.3bn. A 6% decline in average fare to €36 stimulated 11% traffic growth to 42m guests. The two weakest markets were Germany, where Lufthansa was allowed to buy Air Berlin and is selling this excess capacity at below cost prices, and the UK where Brexit concerns weigh negatively on consumer confidence and spending. Ancillaries, driven by strong priority boarding and preferred seats sales, grew 27% to €0.8bn. As a result, revenue per passenger (“RPP”) was broadly flat at €55. Ryanair Labs continues to develop services to improve customer experience and later this year will roll-out a new digital platform with improved, personalised, guest offers.

 

Cost Leadership

Ryanair has the lowest unit costs of any EU airline. As expected, our Q1 fuel bill increased 24% (up  €150m) due to higher prices & volume growth. Unit costs ex. fuel rose by 4%, mainly due to the consolidation of Lauda (not in the prior year Q1 comp.), the handback of expensive leases to Lufthansa, replacing them with 20 lower cost A320 operating leases, and a 21% increase in staff costs.  We continue to negotiate attractive growth deals as airports compete to attract Ryanair’s reliable traffic growth. Our FY20 fuel bill is 90% hedged at $709 per tonne and 37% hedged for FY21 at $632.

 

On-Time Performance (“OTP”)

Our investment in operational efficiency, including more spares, additional engineers and new improved handling contracts in Stansted, Spain & Poland has seen our OTP improve more than 7% points in Q1 to over 90% (excl. ATC). In June 2018 we cancelled over 1,100 flights due to ATC strikes but this was reduced to just 20 cancellations in June 2019, all of which were due to ATC staff shortage delays. Regrettably, ATC staffing delays continue to damage the punctuality of all EU airlines, particularly at weekends. We are working hard to ensure our guests enjoy on-time flights and we continue to campaign with our partners in A4E to encourage the European Commission to take action to minimise the impact of ATC staff shortages and strikes on overflights.

 

Boeing 737 MAX

The delivery of our first 5 B737-MAX aircraft has been delayed from Q1 to probably January at the earliest (subject to EASA approval). We now expect to receive only 30 MAX deliveries in time for S.20 (previously 58) which will cut Ryanair’s S.20 growth rate from 7% to 3% (162m to approx. 157m guests in FY21). We have great confidence that these “gamechanger” aircraft (which have 4% more seats, but burn 16% less fuel and have 40% lower noise emissions) will transform our costs and our business. Due to these delivery delays, we will not now see these cost savings delivered until FY21.

 

Balance Sheet

Our balance sheet is one of the strongest in the industry with over 60% of our fleet debt free.  In May the Board approved a €700m share buyback programme and in Q1 we returned almost €100m to shareholders. Following the adoption of the new lease accounting standard (IFRS16) future operating lease obligations are now included on our balance sheet for the first time (adding over €220m to debt at June 30). Despite the share buyback and the impact of IFRS16, net debt was broadly flat at quarter end at €419m.

 

Group Airlines

In June, Malta Air became the 4th airline in the Ryanair Group.  This start-up will grow our Maltese operation from 6 to 10 based aircraft over the next 3 years. It will also operate all our French, German and Italian bases. This summer, Lauda is operating 20 lower cost A320s. These aircraft, coupled with other cost efficiencies and improving ancillary revenues will significantly lower Lauda losses in Year 2, despite lower fares due to excess capacity in the German and Austrian markets. Buzz, in Poland, will operate 7 charter and 17 scheduled aircraft this summer and continues to grow profitability in its second year of operations. We expect high fuel prices and overcapacity in European short-haul to lead to further airline failures this winter creating more growth opportunities for Ryanair’s 4 airlines.

 

EU’s Cleanest, Greenest Airline

In June Ryanair became the first EU airline to report monthly CO₂ emissions. With the highest load factor, and one of the youngest fleets, Ryanair delivers the lowest CO₂ per passenger/km of any major EU airline. Our CO₂ emissions have been cut by 20% over the last decade and we are committed to reducing this by a further 10% to under 60 grams per passenger/km by 2030. In May we launched our environmental partnerships, where we invest in carbon offset projects in Africa, Portugal and Ireland. Ryanair paid over €540m in environmental taxes in FY19 and expects to pay over €630m in FY20 (up 17%).

 

Board Succession

Following Stan McCarthy’s appointment as Deputy Chairman in April 2019, the Board has nominated Louise Phelan to take over as Senior Independent Director in Summer 2020 following the then retirement of current SID Kyran McLaughlin from the Board.

 

FY20 Guidance

We continue to guide broadly flat FY20 PAT in a range of €750m to €950m.  The current weak fare environment has continued into Q2 and we expect H1 fares to be down approx. 6%.  With almost zero H2 visibility, FY20 fare guidance is towards the lower end of our guided -2% to +1% range.  However, the strong performance of ancillaries continues to support our RPP growth of +2% to +3% (previously +2% to +4%).  We expect traffic to grow by 7% to over 152m, slightly less than the 153m previously guided due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays.  Costs will increase as our fuel bill grows by €450m and, as previously guided, we expect ex-fuel unit costs will rise by just 2%.  This guidance remains heavily dependent on close-in Q2 fares, H2 prices, the absence of security events, and no negative Brexit developments in H2.”

La Spagna In Vetta Alla Classifica Delle Destinazioni Estive Secondo Il Sondaggio Summer Trends Di Ryanair

Ryanair, la compagnia aerea No.1 in Italia e in Europa, ha annunciato i risultati del sondaggio Summer Trends che hanno rivelato:

·         Le destinazioni estive più popolari per i clienti Ryanair sono Maiorca, Alicante e Malaga;

·         Le famiglie indicano tra le prime tre mete Cipro, Tel Aviv e Lanzarote;

·         Tra le migliori destinazioni indicate dalle coppie emergono Ibiza, Maiorca e Tenerife;

·         Per gli studenti, Zara, Siviglia e Barcellona sono le destinazioni estive TOP di quest’anno;

Per celebrare un’altra estate di tariffe conveienti, Ryanair ha lanciato un’”Offerta Lampo” con uno sconto del 20% sui viaggi da settembre a novembre: i clienti Ryanair possono così beneficiare di occasioni last minute per le loro vacanze. Questa offerta è disponibile per la prenotazione da oggi fino a mezzanotte di giovedì (25 luglio). Poiché queste incredibili tariffe si esauriranno rapidamente, invitiamo i clienti a collegarsi al sito www.ryanair.com per non perdere l’occasione

Chiara Ravara di Ryanair ha dichiarato

“Secondo il nostro sondaggio Summer Trends, la Spagna emerge quest’anno come la destinazione mare più amata in Europa, ma è interessante anche l’indice di gradimento registrato da  mete di viaggio emergenti, come Cipro e Tel Aviv popolari tra le famiglie e Zara in Croazia, preferita dagli studenti. 

Per chi è alla ricerca di occasioni per vacanze last minute offriamo un’opportunità da non perdere grazie alla nostra “Offerta Lampo”, con uno sconto del 20% sui viaggi da settembre a novembre 2019, disponibile per prenotazioni da oggi fino alla mezzanotte di giovedì (25 luglio). Poiché queste incredibili tariffe si esauriranno rapidamente, invitiamo i clienti a collegarsi al sito www.ryanair.com per non perdere l’occasione”.

Ryanair – Hiszpania Numerem 1 Wśród Letnich Kierunków Wakacyjnych

Ryanair, linia lotnicza nr 1 w Europie, dziś (23 lipca) opublikowała wyniki ankiety Summer Trends:

 

  • pasażerowie Ryanaira najchętniej wybierają Majorkę, Alicante oraz Malagę;
  • wśród rodzin z dziećmi najpopularniejszymi kierunkami są Cypr, Tel Awiw, oraz Lanzarotte;
  • wśród par prym wiodą Ibiza, Majorka oraz Teneryfa;
  • studenci wybierają Zadar, Sewillę oraz Barcelonę;

 

Z okazji opublikowania wyników ankiety Ryanair ogłosił specjalną promocję lotów w okresie wrzesień – listopad. Rezerwacji biletów tańszych o nawet 20% można dokonać na ryanair.com jedynie do czwartku (25 lipca) do północy. Aby zdążyć z rezerwacją najlepiej wejść na www.ryanair.com już teraz.

 

Alejandra Ruiz z Ryanaiara powiedziała:

 

„Ulubionym kierunkiem wakacyjnym naszych klientów została Hiszpania. Warto również odnotować, że w ankiecie Summer Trends wysoko uplasowały się Cypr, Tel Awiw oraz Zadar.

 

Z okazji opublikowania wyników ankiety wprowadzamy promocję lotów w okresie wrzesień – listopad. Rezerwacji biletów tańszych nawet o 20% można dokonać na ryanair.com jedynie do czwartku (25 lipca) do północy. Aby zdążyć z rezerwacją najlepiej wejść na www.ryanair.com już teraz.”

 

España Lidera El Ranking De Destinos Vacacionales Este Verano

Madrid, 23 de julio de 2019. Ryanair, la primera aerolínea en Europa, ha anunciado hoy los resultados de su encuesta Summer Trends sobre tendencias de viaje, desvelando que este verano:

  • Los destinos de verano más populares para los clientes de Ryanair son: Mallorca, Alicante y Málaga.
  • Sin embargo, las familias sorprenden con un cambio de tendencia a la hora de elegir sus vacaciones de verano. En su top 3 destinos están Chipre, Tel Aviv y Lanzarote.
  • En cuanto a las parejas, sus principales destinos son: Ibiza, Mallorca y Tenerife, islas bañadas por el sol.
  • Zadar, Sevilla y Barcelona destacan como los destinos principales para los estudiantes en verano.
  • Las rutas que transportan a la mayoría de los jóvenes de entre 20 y 30 años son las que conectan Reino Unido (Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool) con Ibiza.

 

Para celebrar otro verano de tarifas económicas, Ryanair ha lanzado una oferta de asientos con un 20% de despuesto para viajar entre los meses de septiembre y noviembre. Esta promoción estará disponible hasta la media noche del jueves, 25 de julio, en la página web Ryanair.com.

 

Alejandra Ruiz, de Ryanair, ha comentado: “España es el destino europeo favorito del verano de acuerdo con nuestra encuesta Summer Trends, que muestra también un interesante aumento en otros destinos prometedores como Chipre y Tel Aviv, muy populares entre las familias, y Zadar en Croacia uno de los lugares favoritos entre los estudiantes.

 

Para los viajeros de último minuto y cazadoras de ofertas, Ryanair lanza un 20% de descuento en viajes para volar entre los meses de septiembre y noviembre de 2019, disponible para su reserva a través de la página web”.