A Spanish court has ruled that Ryanair’s policy of charging an extra fee for hand luggage is “abusive” and can no longer be levied in Spain.
The ruling follows a passenger complaint over the policy, introduced last year, which charges most people an additional fee for bringing anything more than one personal item into the cabin…
“This ruling will not affect Ryanair’s baggage policy, either in the past or in the future, as it is an isolated case that misinterpreted our commercial freedom to determine the size of our cabin baggage,” the airline said in a statement.
CEO of Ryanair Michael O’ Leary in front of one of his company’s Boeing 737-800 NGs aircraft after delivery of the first of 180 new 737-800 NGs in September, 2014
Ryanair has confirmed that some 737NG planes have been taken out of service due to cracks, a problem that has grounded dozens of the jets globally.
In a statement to RTÉ News, Ryanair said Boeing is carrying out repairs on behalf of the airline after an inspection of more than 70 of its oldest aircraft in full compliance with the Airworthiness Directive.
But the carrier dismissed reports [see below] that some of its Boeing 737NGs have been affected by the ‘pickle fork’ issue. Pickle forks are components that attach the wings and the aircraft’s body.
From top: Ryanair pilots strike outside Dublin Airport last October; Fórsa’s deputy general secretary Matt Staunton, national secretary Angela Kirk, and head of communications Bernard Harbor outside the High Court this morning
Helen Coffey, in The Independent UK, reports:
A planned strike by Ryanair’s Irish pilots will not go ahead this week after a ruling from the Dublin High Court was issued this morning.
The Irish court said it would grant Europe’s biggest airline an injunction to prevent a 48-hour stoppage beginning on 22 August.
Justice McDonald said he would restrain the union “from directly or indirectly, organising, directing or endorsing their members to participate in a strike on 22 and 23 August 2019”.
In fairness to @Ryanair the European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees only entered into force in 1960 and Ireland only ratified it in 1969. What’s half a century anyway?
Give me strength! #RefugeesWelcomehttps://t.co/d2ZDTlL5rB
— Majo ‘Immigrants, we get the job done!’ Rivas. (@rivasmj) April 10, 2019
Michael O’Leary celebrates his horse Tiger Roll’s Grand National victory by offering Ryanair passengers TWO free drinks.
On a flight from Liverpool to Dublin, the Ryanair CEO announced:
“As is traditional on evenings when we win the Grand National and Cheltenham, we’re having a free bar on board this flight. I got some criticism last year by limiting it to one drink per person so that the crew could get to the end of the aircraft but now you can have two drinks per person.
“If anyone orders a ham and cheese panini or sandwich I’m offloading you personally. You can buy your food in Dublin, on board this flight we’re drinking.”
Norwegian temporarily suspends flights with the Boeing 737 MAX 8, following recommendations by European aviation authorities. We will do our upmost to take care of our passengers in the best possible way. https://t.co/kZICrrRGsN
Ryanair will charge for hand luggage starting today
Passengers who refuse to pay extra for “Priority” will only be permitted to travel with one small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) free of charge.
Previously, the airline allows all customers to travel with two items of hand luggage: one small bag and one large bag (no bigger than 55x40x20cm and no heavier than 10kg). However, if they are “Non-Priority”, the larger bag is taken at the gate and put in the hold free of charge.
Passengers are now faced with a decision. Travel with just a small bag; pay the Priority fee (which costs from €6 per person per flight at the time of booking or €8 during online check-in); or pay €8 per person per flight to check in their 10kg bag
The airline claims the changes are not about making money, but about speeding up the boarding process and reducing delays.