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Yesterday.

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 morning:

“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.

Spanish court orders Ryanair to cancel cabin bag fee (RTÉ)

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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

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ:

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.

Ryanair confirms some 737 planes being repaired for crack (RTÉ)

Earlier…

At least three Ryanair Boeing 737s have been grounded due to cracks between the wing and fuselage but this was not disclosed to the public, the Guardian can reveal.

The budget Irish airline is the latest to be affected by faults in the “pickle fork” structure, which has sparked an urgent grounding of 50 planes globally since 3 October.

Boeing 737 cracks: Ryanair grounds three planes due to cracking between wing and fuselage (The Guardian)

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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”.

Ryanair strikes: Irish pilots’ walkout scrapped after High Court ruling (Helen Coffey, The Independent UK)

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This afternoon.

Irish based Ryanair pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association have voted overwhelmingly to back industrial action.

The union said it would write to management early next week to outline plans for action unless the airline agrees to union pay proposals by Monday.

It says the airline is in a healthy financial position and can fairly reward its pilots.

Ryanair pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action (RTÉ)

Meanwhile….

Ryanair is taking legal action against outgoing chief operations officer Peter Bellew, who is continuing to work out his notice at the Irish airline.

It emerged last month that rival carrier Easyjet had poached Mr Bellew from Ryanair and that he was leaving the Irish airline at the end of this year.

Ryanair takes legal action against outgoing chief operations officer Bellew (Irish Times)

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Meanwhile…

Thanks Anne Daly

Saturday night.

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.”

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary celebrates his Grand National victory with free drinks for passengers (The Times Ireland edition)

Video by Carlosfandango

UK Civil Aviation Authority tweetz:

Statement: Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.

You can read the full update online [here].

The move follows similar bans of the aircraft in Australia, Singapore, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Meanwhile…

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary

On RTÉ One’s News at One, Simon Calder, travel editor of London’s Independent said:

It would not surprise me at all if the Irish Aviation Authority followed suit. The main airline using the jet, both in Ireland and in the UK, is Norwegian. TUI Airways also have some.

“But crucially Ryanair has the biggest order in Europe: 135 of those jets. They do not start flying until May.”

Listen back in full here

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UPDATE:

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.

Ryanair’s baggage policy changes today – here’s what you need to know (Independent.ie)

Ryanair will CHARGE for hand luggage starting TODAY – this is everything you need to know (Daily Star)

Illustration: Daily Star

UPDATE:

Niall M Dowd tweetz:

Ryanair have released size guidelines for their new carry on luggage rule.

Ah now.