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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 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.

Airlines on alert as Iceland volcano erupts

24 August 2014

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area.

Authorities raised the country’s aviation alert to red ” the highest level on a five-point scale ” indicating the threat of significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled.

Uber banned in Berlin on passenger safety grounds

15 August 2014

Uber faces a ban in Berlin after the city government ruled the app-enabled taxi service could prove unsafe for passengers.

The city council decided Uber contravenes passenger safety rules by using “‘unverified drivers in unlicensed vehicles and passengers could be uninsured in the event of an accident”‘

The ban, issued this week, has yet to come into force pending a response from Uber.

Berlin’s move follows a decision by authorities in Hamburg, Germany’s second-biggest city, to ban the use of Uber – but for a different reason.

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, 201’4”.

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

Hilton Hotels to turn your smartphone into room keys

29 July 2014

Hilton Hotels are looking to pioneer the use of smartphones as a replacement to plastic (or metal) keys.

In addition to being able to unlock doors with your smartphone, Hilton guests will be able to pre-select exact rooms from a hotel floorplan in a way reminiscent of how most airlines operate their seat reservations.

Hilton is to roll out its mobile door unlocking and related features worldwide between now and 2016.

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 “N’ot every seat will be €10 of course, there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.’”