Ryanair Rumblings

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Ryanair is the largest airline in Europe. Whether you like it or loathe it what it does can have a big impact of how we travel and how tourism happens. If it decides to get involved with an airport that airport had better play along to Ryanair’s rules or it just pulls out. Examples at Newquay and Blackpool Airports come to mind where those airports both tried to introduce surcharges on passengers (in the case of Blackpool they offered free parking in return) and Ryanair threatened to pull out. Sometimes it is bluster and Ryanair returns a little while later. Sometimes it happens.

At the moment Gatwick Airport, through it’s owners BAA is taking Ryanair to court over unpaid fees stretching back 4 years. Then Gatwick changed the way it charged all airlines. Ryanair refused to accept the change and continued to pay under the old formula.

Ryanair has made two attempts to buy its Dublin based rival, Aer Lingus, to no effect to date. At present you can't see it ever succeeding as it would end up in a monopolistic situation on some routes. At Dublin you can’t find many people in the industry who have much of a good word to say for it. Is it envy, jealousy or a dislike because, whichever way you look at it, Ryanair has been successful. In fairness to passengers there are some airports that probably wouldn’t function without the likes of Ryanair. We’ve written about Ryanair quite often. About the treatment of passengers, the hard-sell on board, the rows with airports and they way they have developed money making ideas. If nothing else, Ryanair and its ebullient chief executive, Michael O’Leary are always in the press. Even then, a lot doesn’t necessarily appear so from this week on Monday we are starting a regular weekly page about the happenings of the most talked about airline in Europe.

Every Monday, they’ll be a Ryanair Rumblings page. Feel free to add to it.

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