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Ryanair launches pay with PayPal

26 August 2014

Ryanair’s 86 million customers now have the option to book and pay for Ryanair flights using their PayPal account, ensuring faster bookings on the ryanair.com website.

The faster booking and payment facilityis the latest in a series of customer service improvements under the Always Getting Better programme introduced by Ryanair last year. The improvements include allocated seating, a second free cabin bag, reduced fees, a new website and app, mobile boarding passes and the Ryanair Family Extra service – a dedicated family service.


EU sanctions force Aeroflot to suspend low cost airline

6 August 2014

EU sanctions targeting Russia over its role in Ukraine’s conflict have hit Aeroflot’s low-cost domestic airline Dobrolet, forcing it to cancel all its flights because of scrapped leasing deals for Boeing aircraft.

Dobrolet said in a statement on its website that “due to the sanctions imposed by the EU we are forced to temporarily suspend flights on all routes from August 4, 2014″.

Dobrolet, unveiled late last year as a budget airline for domestic Russian destinations, carried out its first flight in June, from Moscow to Simferopol.


Ryanair launches mobile boarding passes

21 July 2014

The budget airline has launched an app that will allow passengers to store their boarding pass on their phone and avoid having to print it out at all.The boarding passes will be available offline and more than one can be carried on a single phone.

It also allows passengers to view live flight information, make flight bookings, choose their seats, and add baggage to their booking.

The app is currently being offered in English, Italian and Spanish and the company said further language versions would follow.


EasyJet upgrades forecast by 25%

29 March 2014

EasyJet has upgraded its first-half results forecast by 25%, sending its shares close to an all-time high on the back of tight cost control and the popularity of its allocated seating programme.

EasyJet has over the last year stolen a march on bigger budget rival Ryanair by introducing measures such as allocated seating and allowing passengers to change their flights in a bid to appeal to business travellers.


Stansted Airport is best for low-cost airlines

29 March 2014

Stansted Airport has been named the world’s best for low-cost airlines for the fourth year in a row at an international award ceremony.

The accolade is based on a survey of 13 million passengers at more than 400 airports across the world.

Stansted recorded a growth in passenger numbers last year for the first time since 2007.


Ryanair to offer flights to US for under £10

5 March 2014

Ryanair has announced plans to offer flights to the US for less than £10, but admitted passengers will have to pay some additional charges.

The flights would leave from up to 14 major European cities to 12-14 destinations in the United States.

Mr O’Leary added that “Not every seat will be €10 of course, there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.


Southwest Airlines begins international service

29 January 2014

Southwest Airlines announced the first three destinations—Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; and Aruba—which will see flights under the Southwest banner starting on July 1, 2014. All of the routes are currently operated by Southwest’s AirTran subsidiary; those operations will cease as Southwest takes over the flights.


Ryanair’s bikini calendar ad banned in Spain

12 December 2013

A Spanish judge ruled that the calendar, released each year by the low-cost airline in support of charitable causes, was sexist. Ryanair said it would appeal the decision.

The carrier published the advertisements late last year for its 2013 calendar, which featured more than a dozen scantily-clad female cabin crew. It said sales of the calendar had raised €100,000 (£84,000) for charity.


A passenger brings snake onto EasyJet flight

9 November 2013

A man on a London-bound plane caused panic among fellow passengers at the end of last month, when he released his pet snake from his luggage mid-flight.

Adam Gubbay, from Stoke Newington, bought a baby corn snake on holiday in Israel, and managed to get the pet through airport security in Tel Aviv.

Mid-way through the flight, Mr Gubbay released the reptile, named Milky, to give it a drink of water, sending fellow passengers into a panic for their safety.

EasyJet staff confiscated the two-foot long snake from the 24-year-old.


Ryanair moves to fully allocated seating

9 November 2013

Ryanair has announced a plan to move to fully allocated seating on all of its flights.

The budget carrier said the new system will be in force from February 1.

The move comes after numerous customer complaints about the frenzied rush by passengers to secure the best seats.