Ryanair Shareholders Approve All Resolutions by Large Majorities at its AGM

Ryanair Holdings Plc today (20 Sept) held its 2018 AGM, during which shareholders approved all resolutions by large majorities. Details of the voting is set out in the table below.

As previously disclosed in the Company’s 2018 Annual Report, Charlie McCreevy and Declan McKeon chose not to seek re-election at the AGM. Chairman David Bonderman sincerely thanked both Charlie and Declan for their substantial contribution over the last 8 years and welcomed both Emer Daly and Róisín Brennan as new members of the Board.


Ryanair Welcomes French Supreme Court Ruling In Marseille Case

Ryanair today (19 Sept) welcomed the French Supreme Court ruling in the Marseille employment case, which confirmed Ryanair’s position that the E101 certificates issued by Ireland in respect of its pilots and cabin crew who were temporarily based in Marseille are binding on the French Authorities and the French Courts as previously ruled by the ECJ. The French Supreme Court also cancelled all convictions against Ryanair and returned the Case to the Paris Court of Appeal for rehearing.

This French Supreme Court ruling, which follows the ECJ ruling in the A-Rosa case, now obliges the French Authorities to accept and respect the Irish E101 certificates, which were issued to Ryanair’s pilots and cabin crew who were temporarily based in Marseille during the period 2006 – 2010.


Ryanair’s Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson said:

We welcome this favourable ruling from the French Supreme Court which fully respects the earlier favourable ECJ ruling in the A-Rosa case.

We believe that this decision will now lead to an early and favourable conclusion of the criminal cases and tax demands in Aix-en-Provence. This should in due course lead to the repayment of up to €13m of social tax payments, which Ryanair was required to put into escrow to cover two such cases in 2014 and 2017.

We welcome this French Supreme Court ruling, which now paves the way for Ryanair to consider re-entering the French market. We are already in discussions with a number of French airports, and the French Ministry of Labour, which we hope will lead to Ryanair announcing some bases in France in the near future, but with pilots and cabin crew based in France, on local French contracts, and paying their social taxes in France rather than Ireland.

We have asked our lawyers to expedite the rehearing of this case by the Paris Court of Appeal now that the French Supreme Court and the ECJ in Strasbourg has ruled in favour of Ryanair and the Irish issued E101 certificates”.



More Couples Switch To New 10kg Check Bag For Winter Getaways

Ryanair today (18 Sept) revealed that more customers with a two-person booking are purchasing its new lower cost €8 x 10kg check bags instead of its 20kg bag (€25) for city breaks and winter getaways, where customers can save €9 per booking, by purchasing two 10kg check bags (€8) instead of one 20kg bag (€25).

The new policy has cut check bag fees by offering a cheaper €8 x 10kg check bag (currently €25 x 20kg). This new bag policy eliminates all free 2nd gate bags, (which have been causing flight delays this summer), from 1 Nov next as follows:

– Priority Boarding customers can continue to bring 2 free carry-on bags (1 x 10kg wheelie bag and 1 small bag).

– Non-priority customers can only bring 1 free (small) carry-on bag from 1 Nov.

– If non-priority customers want to bring a 2nd bigger (wheelie) bag they can buy a lower cost 10kg check bag for €8 at time of booking (currently a 20kg bag costs €25). This 10kg wheelie bag must be checked in at the airport bag drop desk.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

“Ryanair customers are already making savings with our new lower cost €8 x 10kg check bag option, which is now available for all flights from 1st November. We have noticed more customers travelling on two-person bookings are availing of the new cheaper 10kg check bag (per person), enjoying even more savings.

This new lower cost €8 x 10kg check bag means that check bag income will probably decline as we deliver more savings to Ryanair customers. As always we continue to lower the cost of travel, while our new bag policy from 1 Nov means we can eliminate all free gate bags and related flight delays.”


Η Ryanair Ερχεται Σε Συμφωνια Με Ενωσεις Στην Ιταλια Σχετικα Με Τους Ορους Των Συλογικων Συμβασεων

Η Ryanair σήμερα (14 Σεπ) επιβεβαίωσε ότι συνάντησε στην Ρώμη τις 3 κύριες ενώσεις προσωπικού καμπίνας επιβατών, FIT CISL, ANPAC, και ANPAV, και συμφώνησαν σε ένα σύνολο όρων, το οποίο θα αποτελέσει τη βάση μιας συλλογικής σύμβασης εργασίας για την κάλυψη του ιταλικού πληρώματος θαλάμου επιβατών της Ryanair από την 1η Οκτωβρίου 2018. Τα μέρη συμφώνησαν ότι «βρίσκονται τώρα στα τελικά στάδια της σύναψης των τελικών όρων», οι οποίοι θα προϋποθέτουν :


– Θα ισχύει για 3 έτη, από Παρ 1 Οκτ 2018 έως και 31 Δεκ 2021

– Θα διέπεται από το ιταλικό δίκαιο και τα ιταλικά δικαστήρια

– Θα επιτρέπεται στα ιταλικά μέλη του πληρώματος θαλάμου επιβατών να μεταβαίνουν σε τοπικές συμβάσεις για μια συμφωνημένη περίοδο

– Θα προβεί σε αυξήσεις στο πλαίσιο μιας νέας διάρθρωσης αμοιβών, η οποία θα εξασφαλίσει ότι τα πληρώματα θα επωφεληθούν από αυξημένα αφορολόγητα δικαιώματα (παρόμοια με άλλες ιταλικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες)

– Θα θεσπίσει ιταλικό συνταξιοδοτικό σύστημα ως μέρος του συνόλου των ενεργειών


Η Chief People Officer της Ryanair Eddie Wilson δήλωσε:


Χαιρετίζουμε τη συμφωνία με τα 3 ιταλικά συνδικάτα πληρώματος θαλάμου επιβατών με όρους συλλογικής σύμβασης εργασίας, που θα καλύπτει όλο το ιταλικό πληρώμα θαλάμου και θα ξεκινήσει από τον επόμενο μήνα. Η συμφωνία αυτή ακολουθεί τις πρόσφατες συμφωνίες πληρώματος θαλάμου επιβατών στην Ιρλανδία με τη FORSA και στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο με την UNITE.

Αναμένουμε να υπογράψουμε τη σύμβαση για το ιταλικό προσωπικό μας πριν από το τέλος του Σεπτέμβρη, γεγονός που θα οδηγήσει σε σημαντικές βελτιώσεις στις αμοιβές και άλλα οφέλη για το ιταλικό πληρώμα θαλάμου. Η συμφωνία αυτή αποτελεί ακόμη ένα σημάδι της σημαντικής προόδου που επιτελεί η Ryanair στην επίτευξη συμφωνιών με το προσωπικό μας και τα συνδικάτά τους σε διάφορες χώρες της ΕΕ και απορρίπτει ψευδείς ισχυρισμούς μικρότερων συνδικάτων που δεν συμμετέχουν στις διαπραγματεύσεις αυτές και απειλούν με απεργίες αργότερα αυτό το χειμώνα, οι οποίες είτε δεν θα πραγματοποιηθούν, είτε θα αποτύχουν.”


Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες: http://www.anpav.com/nuovo/dettaglionews2.asp?cod=2880

Ryanair Launches Major Pilot Training Programme in Cork

450 New Pilots to be Trained at AFTA Creating 50 New Jobs
Biggest Ever Cork Summer Schedule Launched with 4 New Routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta & Poznan & 20% Growth

Ryanair, Ireland’s No.1 airline, today (14 Sep) announced a major new training partnership with Cork-based international flight school, Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA), to deliver a Ryanair/AFTA Mentored Pilot Programme. An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, officially launched the partnership in Cork this morning, which will ensure Ryanair continues to attract highly trained professional pilots to support its continued growth across Europe, and which will create 50 new jobs.

This new 16-month intensive training programme gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve their pilot licence and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 type-rating programme. Trainee pilots on the programme will be trained by AFTA instructors using Ryanair procedures as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots and over the next 5 years, up to 450 new pilots from across Europe will be recruited and trained by AFTA in Cork, underlining AFTA’s global position in the pilot training market.

Ryanair offers unparalleled career opportunities for new pilots, with:

– 86 bases across 37 countries

– Industry leading training standards and success rates

– The best rosters in European aviation – 5 days on, followed by 4 days off

– Industry leading pay of up to €200,000 p.a. as Captain

– Europe’s youngest, modern fleet which will include the state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX “Gamechanger”

Ryanair also launched its biggest ever Cork summer schedule for 2019, with 4 new routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan, more flights to Malaga, and 16 routes in total. Ryanair will deliver 1.1m customers through Cork Airport next year as it grows its Cork traffic by 20%.

In Cork, An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, said:

“Ryanair is one of Ireland’s world class business successes and this announcement confirming the next generation of Ryanair pilots will be trained in Cork is a most welcome one. I hope many will be based in Cork when they qualify to fly on the new routes announced from Cork Airport. Atlantic Flight Training Academy has also established itself as an industry leader in training and this announcement confirms that. Finally, to the 450 trainees who will launch their careers from here, I wish you every success.”

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs, said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce this training partnership with AFTA which has an impressive track record in training top-class pilots to the highest standards. We are also launching our Cork summer 2019 schedule, our biggest ever, with 16 routes including 4 exciting new routes to Budapest, London Luton, Malta and Poznan, further cementing our commitment to Cork and the Munster region. Our summer 2019 schedule will deliver 1.1m customers p.a. at Cork Airport (growth of 20%), all on the lowest fares, as we continue to grow Cork routes, traffic, tourism and jobs.”

Ryanair’s Head of Crew Training Captain Andy O’Shea said:

“This new Ryanair-AFTA programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network. Ryanair will hire up to 1,000 pilots per annum over the next 5 years and our pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities flying with the world’s number one international airline. We have carefully chosen AFTA as our cadet training partner in Ireland due to their high standards in initial flying training and MCC training. We are very pleased to lend our operational expertise to AFTA especially in the provision of what will be an outstanding Airline Pilot Standard MCC. This combination will be the best possible preparation for an airline career with Ryanair.”


Managing Director at AFTA, Mark Casey said:

“We are delighted to be chosen as the mentored pilot programme partner for Ryanair in Ireland. AFTA has a long-standing relationship with Ryanair and a large number of our graduates currently fly as First officers, Captains, Training Captains and management pilots with the airline. The “Mentored Pilot Programme” will give successful applicants accepted on the Ryanair Mentored Pilot Programme a clear path towards a long and successful career as a Ryanair pilot.. Ryanair’s training department is recognised as the best in the industry and mentored Cadets will have access to Ryanair training applications and systems from commencement of training.”


The online application for the Ryanair-AFTA Training Programme is now open. For more information and to apply, visit www.afta.ie/ryanair


Ryanair Reaches Agreement With Italian Unions On Outline Terms Of A Collective Labour Agreement (CLA)

Ryanair today (14 Sept) confirmed that it met in Rome yesterday with the 3 main cabin crew unions FIT CISL, ANPAC, and ANPAV, and a set of agreed principles were signed, which will form the basis of a comprehensive Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) to cover Ryanair’s Italian based cabin crew from 1 Oct 2018. The parties agreed that they are “now in the final stages of concluding final terms and conditions of a CLA”, which will:

– Run for 3 years from Fri 1 Oct 2018 to 31 Dec 2021

– Be governed by Italian law and the Italian Courts

– Allow Italian cabin crew transition to local contracts over an agreed period

– Deliver increased pay under a new pay structure, which will see crews benefit from increased tax free allowances (similar to other Italian airlines)

– Introduce an Italian Pension Scheme as part of the overall package

Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said:

We welcome this agreement with the 3 Italian cabin crew unions on the terms of a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA), which will cover all of our Italian based cabin crew, and will start from next month. This agreement follows recent cabin crew agreements in Ireland with FORSA and in the UK with UNITE.

We expect to sign this first CLA for our Italian cabin crew before the end of Sept, which will lead to significant pay improvements and other benefits for our Italian based cabin crew. This agreement is a further sign of the significant progress Ryanair is making in reaching agreements with our people and their unions in different EU countries, and disproves false claims made by smaller unions not involved in these negotiations, and who are threatening strikes later this winter, which will either not take place or be unsuccessful.”


Further information: http://www.anpav.com/nuovo/dettaglionews2.asp?cod=2880

Ryanair Reschedules Flights For Man City Champions League Game

Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (14 Sep) announced that it has rescheduled its flights from Manchester to Stuttgart and Frankfurt on 2 October to accommodate Man City supporters travelling to their Champions League clash with nearby Hoffenheim, following huge demand from fans.

Ryanair’s Champions League specials will now depart Manchester at 06.30hrs (to Stuttgart) and 10.00hrs (to Frankfurt) on Tuesday 2nd October. Seats are limited and selling fast, so Ryanair advises Man City fans to log on to www.ryanair.com and book these Champions League special flights as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Having regained the Premier League title last May, Manchester City are hoping to go further than ever before in Europe’s premier club competition and their fans are following suit, with strong demand from Man City supporters for their Champions League fixtures. We’ve rescheduled our flights on 2nd October to Stuttgart and Frankfurt for City’s first away game of the campaign against Hoffenheim, which are on sale now and selling fast – only on Ryanair.com.”

Η Ryanair Απορριπτει Τους Ψευδεις Ισχυρισμους Των Ενωσεων Περι “Χαους”

Η Ryanair σήμερα (13 Σεπ) απέρριψε τους ψευδείς ισχυρισμούς της Βελγικής ένωσης CNE ότι οι απεργία της μειοψηφίας προσωπικού καμπίνας επιβατών θα προκαλέσει “χάος” στις πτήσεις της 28ης Σεπτεμβρίου.

Αντιθέτως η Ryanair τόνισε ότι από την εμπειρία των προηγουμένων απεργιών, οι οποίες περιλάμβαναν πενθήμερες απεργίες με συμμετοχή λιγότερη από το 25% των Ιρλανδών κυβερνητών αυτό το καλοκαίρι, κάθε μία ημέρα από αυτές η Ryanair εξυπηρέτησε 280 από τις 300 πτήσεις από/προς την Ιρλανδία, καθώς πάνω από το 75% των Ιρλανδών πιλότων συνέχισε να εργάζεται κανονικά.  Στο σύνολο η Ryanair εχθές εξυπηρέτησε πάνω από 2,300 πτήσεις και μετέφερε πάνω από 380,000 πελάτες χωρίς “χάος”.

Στην Γερμανία εχθές, παρά την απεργία των κυβερνητών και του προσωπικού της καμπίνας επιβατών, πάνω από το 70% των κυβερνητών και του πληρώματος καμπίνας επιβατών της Ryanair με βάση τη Γερμανία, εργάστηκαν φυσιολογικά και ολοκλήρωσαν πάνω από 250 από τις 400 προγραμματισμένες πτήσεις, καθώς 150 πτήσεις είχαν προ-ακυρωθεί την Τρίτη 11 Σεπτεμβρίου, με το μικρό ποσοστό των επιβατών που επηρεάστηκαν να μπορεί να αλλάξει την πτήση του ή να λάβει επιστροφή χρημάτων.

Η Ryanair περιμένει ότι ακόμα και αν υπάρξει και άλλη μικρής έκτασης απεργία προσωπικού καμπίνας επιβατών στην 28η Σεπτεμβρίου, η πλειονότητα των πληρωμάτων καμπίνας επιβατών ανά την Ευρώπη θα εργαστεί φυσιολογικά. Επιπλέον περιμένει ότι η σημαντική πλειοψηφία του προσωπικού καμπίνας επιβατών στη Ισπανία, την Ιταλία, το Βέλγιο, την Ολλανδία και την Πορτογαλία θα συνεχίσουν να εργάζονται φυσιολογικά, όπως έκαναν κατά τη διάρκεια προηγούμενων απεργιών, και σαν συνέπεια δεν θα υπάρξει κανένα “χάος” ή εκτενή “προβλήματα”.

O Kenny Jacobs της Ryanair δήλωσε:

Επανειλημμένοι ψευδείς ισχυρισμοί από αυτές τις ενώσεις σχετικά με το “χάος” που θα προκληθεί, έχουν αποδειχθεί ανυπόστατοι. Ενώ λυπούμαστε για τις περιορισμένες απεργίες αυτού του καλοκαιριού, σε κάθε περίπτωση προληπτικά ακυρώσαμε ένα μικρό αριθμό από τις 2,500 πτήσεις μας καθημερινώς, ώστε να μειώσουμε στο ελάχιστο την ταλαιπωρία των πελατών.

Διαφωνούμε με αυτούς τους πομπώδεις και ανακριβείς τίτλους στον τύπο, οι οποίοι αναφέρουν εσφαλμένα ένα “ταξιδιωτικό χάος”, παρά το γεγονός ότι κατά τη διάρκεια των επτά ημερών μερικών απεργιών από μια μικρή μειοψηφία των κυβερνητών μας και του πληρώματος καμπίνας επιβατών αυτό το καλοκαίρι, δεν προκλήθηκε απολύτως κανένα “χάος”.

Εάν υπάρξει περαιτέρω αποτυχημένη απεργία πληρώματος θαλάμου επιβατών την 28η Σεπτεμβρίου, τότε όπως έγινε και εχθές στη Γερμανία, η Ryanair θα ενημερώσει τους πελάτες για έναν μικρό αριθμό ακυρώσεων και η συντριπτική πλειοψηφία των πτήσεων και των υπηρεσιών της Ryanair θα λειτουργήσει εκείνη την ημέρα ως συνήθως, και θα μεταφέρουμε τη συντριπτική πλειοψηφία των 400.000 επιβατών που θα προγραμματίσουν να πετάξουν μαζί μας εκείνη την ημέρα. “