Over the last month, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s charismatic boss, has watched as around €115m (£103m) was wiped off the value of his stake in the low-cost airline. It is Europe’s low-cost carrier that has suffered the most in what has been a turbulent 2018. The sector has been blighted by rolling French air traffic controllers’ strikes. Coupled with a more general chronic shortage of controllers across the continent, thousands of planes have been grounded; airlines have suffered heavy financial losses. Ryanair is facing an additional and arguably more existential threat from its pilots. Just over a week ago they launched concerted industrial action across five countries, grounding one in six flights. It was the airline’s worst ever single day of strikes. This year was supposed to be the year of consolidation not cancellations. The failures of Monarch, Air Berlin and Niki in 2017 were supposed to be just the start. Whether … [Read more...] about Hit by headwinds, it’s an up and down year for low-cost airlines
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by Another airport kerfuffle over dress codes has raised accusations of sexism, and questions of style. ByVanessa Friedman Aug. 10, 2018 What is it with airlines and dress codes? They just can’t seem to get it right. On the one hand, they revel in trumpeting designer collaborations in the name of modernity and making their employees look and feel as though they are part of the contemporary world. On the other, they are endlessly stepping on what increasingly accepted forms of self-expression. Which is to say: the right to communicate your identity through style. The latest dust-up took place this week when a British man, Sid Ouared, said that British Airways had fired him from his job as a customer service representative at Heathrow Airport near London. His hairstyle apparently violated airline … [Read more...] about When Man Buns and Airlines Don’t Mix
Wizz Air has the worst punctuality record of the busiest airlines operating from UK airports, an investigation has found. The Hungarian carrier's UK departures were an average of 23 minutes late in 2017, according to Press Association analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data. Norwegian Air Shuttle has the second worst performance, followed by Vueling Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and BMI Regional. The ranking features the 44 airlines with at least 2,000 scheduled flights from UK airports last year. Average delay figures take into account every flight that operated, including those that were on time. Cancelled services are excluded from the CAA data. Scandinavian Airlines is the most punctual, with aircraft typically taking off just seven minutes behind schedule. Aer Lingus has the second best record, followed by Air France, Alitalia and Delta Airlines. The average delay across all flights was 15 minutes. A spokeswoman for Wizz Air said: "A number of issues specific to the UK, … [Read more...] about The worst airlines for delays have been revealed
0 Have your say Wizz Air has the worst punctuality record of the busiest airlines operating from UK airports, an investigation has found. The Hungarian carrier’s UK departures were an average of 23 minutes late in 2017, according to Press Association analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.Norwegian Air Shuttle has the second worst performance, followed by Vueling Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and BMI Regional.Jet2.com’s use of Jess Glynne song leads to complaintsThe ranking features the 44 airlines with at least 2,000 scheduled flights from UK airports last year.Average delay figures take into account every flight that operated, including those that were on time. Cancelled services are excluded from the CAA data.Scandinavian Airlines is the most punctual, with aircraft typically taking off just seven minutes behind schedule.Aer Lingus has the second best record, followed by Air France, Alitalia and Delta Airlines.The average delay across all … [Read more...] about Which airline has the worst punctuality record?
MILAN (Reuters) - The three offers that Alitalia received during a sales process kicked off by Italy's previous government were not appropriate for the Italian carrier, the state-appointed commissioners who have run the airline since last year said in a report on Friday. Uncertainty now looms over Alitalia, once a symbol of Italy's buoyant post-war economy and national prestige, after the search for new investors was put on hold by the country's new government. The commissioners' report did not say who had made the three offers but added that Alitalia did not enter exclusive negotiations with any of the potential buyers because they had all lacked commitment and essential elements such as bid bonds, contractual documents and industrial plans. EasyJet, Lufthansa and Wizz Air all submitted expressions of interest after Alitalia was put under special administration in May last year for the second time in a decade in the face of increased competition from low-cost carriers and high speed … [Read more...] about Alitalia did not consider offers from investors ‘appropriate’