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Hospitality Ireland Presents Round-Up Of Ryanair News

Published on Nov 16 2021 10:50 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Ryanair

Hospitality Ireland Presents Round-Up Of Ryanair News

Hospitality Ireland presents a round-up of Ryanair news.

Ryanair Launches Winter 21/22 Ski Schedule

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe's No.1 airline, today (10th Nov) released its winter 2021/22 ski schedule - operating flights to top ski destinations across Europe, including Basel, Grenoble, Milan, Salzburg and Turin. With fares starting from just €29.99, there's no better time to conquer the slopes, take in those breath-taking snowy mountain views and finish your days with a little après ski.

"To celebrate the start of ski season, Ryanair has launched an amazing €29.99 seat sale for travel from 1st January to end of March '22, which must be booked by midnight 30th November 2021, on www.Ryanair.com. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous winter break on the slopes or a relaxing escape to a cosy log cabin with panoramic views of the wondrous snowy mountain tops, Ryanair has flights from Dublin and Shannon to top ski destinations across Europe.

  • "Basel: Nestled in northern Switzerland, Basel is the ideal location for a family ski break. There are 13 ski areas to choose from, all located just one hour’s drive outside of the city. Choose from the likes of:
      • "Grindelwald - perfect for families with small children.
      • "Engelberg - as the biggest ski resort in central Switzerland, it has tons of slopes to choose from.
      • "Andermatt - renowned for an abundance of beginner slopes, it is one of the oldest and most idyllic skiing villages in Switzerland.
      • "Wengen - Linked with Grindlewald and offering some of the best scenic Swiss skiing at a lower fare, this is best suited to intermediate skiers, while also offering a lot for beginners with great ski schools.
      • "Adelboden - A picturesque village with lots of good snowfall and 170km of trails, parents and kids alike will be spoilt with a different experience each day. Look out for the family passes at this resort!
  • "Grenoble: A dynamic city, seeped in history and culture - it is no surprise that Grenoble tops the list among avid skiers year after year. Its proximity to the Alps, its offering of big resorts and traditional villages that cater for all levels and styles of ski trips make it a hugely desirable ski destination.
  • "Salzburg: A hit with every level of skier; Salzburg boasts some of Europe's most picturesque alpine scenery and people flock to this cultural capital year after year for its beautiful slopes and après ski alike.
  • "Milan: Boasting over 160 ski resorts that are easily accessible by car from Milan Bergamo, Italy's Lombardy region is home to around 25 magical towns dotted with snow dusted pine trees offering stylish atmosphere and great skiing conditions.
  • "Turin: The gateway to the Italian Alps, Turin has over 600km of slopes and offers amazing snow conditions throughout the season. Its laid-back Italian style appeals to many and is a more chilled out ski experience compared to the French Alps.

"Ryanair's Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said, 'As Europe's No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce our winter 2021/22 ski schedule with fares starting at just €29.99. As many missed out on last year's ski season, we are looking forward to getting our customers back on the scenic mountains of France, Austria and Italy this winter, with flights to Europe’s most popular ski destinations running from now right up to the end of March '22.

"To make the ski season even better this year, we are launching a seat sale with fares from just €29.99, which must be booked by midnight 30th November 2021 on the Ryanair.com website.

"IRELAND 2022 SKI SCHEDULE
Dublin Basel
Dublin Grenoble
Dublin Milan
Dublin Salzburg
Dublin Plovdiv
Dublin Sofia
Dublin / Shannon Turin"

Ryanair Launches New Billund Base And Summer '22 Schedule

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe's no. 1 airline today (10th Nov) celebrated the opening of its new Billund base - operating 14 new routes - and the launch of its Summer '22 schedule. With two based aircraft, representing an investment of $200m, this new base at Billund represents Ryanair's commitment to Denmark and further demonstrates its ability to rebuild the Danish tourism industry, playing a key role in the recovery of jobs and the local economy.

"Ryanair's new Billund base will deliver:

  • "Two based aircraft (a $200m investment)
  • "60 direct jobs
  • "36 total routes (14 new routes)
  • "Connections to popular European destinations such as Lisbon, Krakow, Ibiza, Madrid, Porto & Seville
  • "Up to 100 departing flights per week.

"With 36 routes to choose from at Billund, passengers can now book a well-deserved getaway, flying at the lowest fares to exciting destinations. To celebrate the opening of its new Billund base and its Summer 2022 schedule announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just €19.99, which must be booked by Friday 12th November, only on the Ryanair.com website.

"Ryanair's Director of Marketing, Digital and Comms, Dara Brady, said, 'We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our base in Billund and announce our S22 schedule, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft. This development will create 60 direct jobs and offer our Danish customers a host of European destinations to choose from this summer, with 14 new routes connecting Denmark to the likes of Brussels, Barcelona, Pisa, Dublin, and Edinburgh.

"'Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provides the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Billund airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.

"'To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from €19.99 for travel until the end of Oct 22, which must be booked by Friday 12th November. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.'

"Jan Hessellund, CEO Billund Airport, said, 'For several years Ryanair has given the Western Danes a large number of popular destinations, and they continue to do so. Today Ryanair have announced another six new routes for the summer 2022 season, and we are certain that the new destinations will be very popular. Ryanair yet again provides West Denmark with even more international accessibility for business, holiday makers, inbound tourists and people travelling to visit friends and family.'

"Billund - W21 schedule recap

Route WF
Malaga 3
Alicante 2
Barcelona 2
Milan (B) 2
Bologna 2
Budapest 3
Brussels Charleroi NEW 3
Dublin 2
Edinburgh 2
Rome-Fiumicino 2
Memmingen NEW 2
Gdansk 3
Gothenburg NEW 3
Krakow 3
Lisbon NEW 2
Manchester 3
Malta 2
Poznan 2
Prague 2
Sibiu NEW 2
London Stansted 12
Seville NEW 2
Tallinn NEW 2
Treviso 2
Vienna 3
Vilnius 2
Wroclaw NEW 2

"Billund - S22 schedule recap

Route WF
Malaga 5
Alicante 3
Barcelona 2
Milan (B) 2
Bologna 2
Bari NEW 2
Budapest 3
Chania 1
Brussels Charleroi 3
Dublin 2
Edinburgh 2
Rome Fiumicino 2
Memmingen 2
Gdansk 4
Gothenburg 3
Ibiza NEW 2
Krakow 3
Lisbon 2
Madrid NEW 2
Manchester 4
Malta 2
Porto NEW 2
Palma 4
Poznan 2
Prague 2
Pisa 2
Sibiu 2
London Stansted 14
Seville 2
Tallinn 2
Trapani NEW 2
Turin NEW 2
Treviso 2
Vienna 3
Vilnius 4
Wroclaw 2"

Ryanair Launches New Base At Riga Airport

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe's No.1 airline today (10th Nov) announced its newest base in Latvia with two new based aircraft, representing an investment of $200m alongside the introduction of 17 new routes, significantly enhancing Latvia's international connectivity to 12 European countries.

"Ryanair's new Riga base will deliver:

  • "Two based aircraft (a $200m investment) - creating 60 direct jobs.
  • "Over 100 departing flights per week.
  • "17 new routes to 12 countries, including, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, the UK, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Norway and Hungary.
  • "International connections to winter sun destinations such as Malaga and city breaks to the likes of Rome, Budapest, Paris and Krakow.

"Ryanair's new base at Riga represents its commitment to Latvia and the Baltic region. Today's announcement further demonstrates Ryanair’s ability to rebuild Latvia’s tourism industry, with over 100 weekly flights, across 35 routes (17 new) this Winter and next Summer seasons.

"With 35 routes to choose from at Riga, passengers can now book a well-deserved getaway, flying at the lowest fares to exciting destinations such as Malaga, Vienna, Milan, Rome, and Helsinki.

"To celebrate the opening of its new Riga base, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just €19.99, which must be booked by Thursday 11th November, only on the Ryanair.com website.

"Ryanair's Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said, 'We are delighted to announce the opening of our new base in Riga (while other airlines close theirs), which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft. This development will create over 60 direct jobs and offer our Latvian and Baltic customers a host of European destinations to choose from this Winter and next Summer, with over 100 weekly flights, across 35 routes (17 of which are new), connecting Latvia’s capital to the likes of Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Malaga, Milan, Rome, and Vienna.

"'Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Riga airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce (and closing their bases), we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.

"'To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from €19.99, which must be booked by Thursday 11th November. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.'

"Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Board of Riga Airport, said, 'Ryanair's base in Riga is an important step for our Airport as a regional aviation hub. The wide range of routes and geography provided by Ryanair's presence at Riga Airport will provide more opportunities for Latvian and Baltic passengers to choose exciting trips at affordable prices, while foreign tourists will benefit from more convenient opportunities to arrive in Latvia.'

"RIGA - WINTER SCHEDULE RECAP

Route WF
Aarhus NEW 3
Barcelona 2
Berlin 7
Bristol NEW 2
Budapest NEW 3
Cologne 2
Rome Ciampino NEW 3
Brussels Charleroi 3
Dublin 7
Edinburgh 5
East Midlands 2
Memmingen NEW 2
Gothenburg NEW 3
Helsinki NEW 4
Frankfurt Hahn 2
Kyiv NEW 2
Krakow NEW 2
Leeds Bradford 3
London-Stansted 11
Lviv NEW 2
Malaga NEW 2
Manchester 4
Malta 2
Milan Bergamo 5
Palermo NEW 2
Paphos 1
Paris Beauvais NEW 2
Prague 2
Stockholm-Arlanda NEW 5
Torp NEW 4
Treviso 2
Vienna 4
Warsaw Modlin NEW 5

"RIGA - SUMMER SCHEDULE RECAP

Route WF
Aarhus 3
Barcelona 2
Berlin 6
Bristol 2
Brussels Charleroi 3
Budapest 3
Cologne 2
Dublin 7
East Midlands 3
Edinburgh 3
Girona 2
Gothenburg 3
Helsinki 4
Krakow 2
Kyiv 2
Leeds Bradford 3
London Stansted 15
Lviv 2
Malaga 2
Manchester 4
Memmingen 2
Milan Bergamo 5
Newcastle NEW 2
Palermo 1
Paphos 2
Paris Beauvais 2
Prague 3
Rome Ciampino 3
Stockholm-Arlanda 6
Torp 4
Treviso 2
Vienna 4
Warsaw 7"

Ryanair Celebrates The Opening Of Its New Stockholm Arlanda Base And Launches S22 Schedule

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe's no. 1 airline, today (10th Nov) celebrated the opening of its new Arlanda base and launched its S22 schedule. With two additional based aircraft, representing a further $200m investment alongside the introduction of 35 new routes, Ryanair significantly enhances Stockholm connectivity.

"Ryanair's new Arlanda base will deliver in S22:

  • "4 based a/c and $400m investment in total (+2 based aircraft & $200m investment)
  • "120 direct jobs
  • "Over 140 departing flights per week
  • "35 routes

"Ryanair's new base in Stockholm Arlanda represents our commitment to Sweden and further demonstrates Ryanair's ability to rebuild the Swedish tourism industry.

"With 35 routes to choose from at Stockholm Arlanda, Swedish customers can also now book a well-deserved getaway, flying at the lowest fares to exciting destinations such as Malaga, Milan, London and Vienna.

"To celebrate the opening of its new Arlanda base and the launch of its S22 schedule, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just €19.99, which must be booked by Friday 12th November, only on the Ryanair.com website.

"Ryanair's Director of Marketing, Digital and Comms, Dara Brady, said, 'We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our base in Arlanda and announce our S22 schedule, which will deliver increased connectivity with two additional based aircraft. This development will create a further 60 direct jobs and offer our Swedish customers a host of European destinations to choose from this summer, with 35 new routes connecting Sweden to the likes of Brussels, Krakow, and Malaga.

"'Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provides the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Swedavia airports to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.

"'To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from €19.99 for travel until the end of Oct 22, which must be booked by Friday 12th November. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.'

"'Swedavia's Director of Commercial, Charlotte Ljunggren said, 'We are delighted to welcome Ryanair to Arlanda and their continued expansion in the Swedish market. The additional twelve European destinations, including two domestics, is an important addition and complement to the existing range of destinations available at our airports. At the same time, access is improved both within Sweden and outside the country, and this is especially true for the important visiting relatives and friends travel segment. Access is important in the restart after the pandemic, and more direct routes are important for regional growth and for the tourism industry all across Sweden. We have had a good partnership for many years with Ryanair that we now look forward to developing even further in the years to come.'

"ARLANDA - W21 SCHEDULE RECAP

Route (ALL NEW) WF
Aalborg 3
Alicante 2
Baden Baden 2
Banja Luka 2
Barcelona 3
Bologna 2
Brussels Charleroi 4
Gdansk 7
Gothenburg 14
Kaunas 2
Krakow 7
Liverpool 2
London Stansted 7
Malaga 3
Malmö 10
Milan Bergamo 3
Niš 2
Riga 5
Skellefteå 2
Tallinn 3
Thessaloniki 2
Vienna 2
Warsaw Modlin 5

"ARLANDA - S22 SCHEDULE RECAP

Route WF
Aalborg 3
Alicante 4
Baden Baden 2
Banja Luka 2
Barcelona 3
Beziers NEW 2
Bologna 2
Brindisi NEW 2
Brussels Charleroi 4
Chania NEW 1
Corfu NEW 2
Gdansk 13
Gothenburg 13
Krakow 7
Kaunas 2
Liverpool 1
London Stansted 7
Luleå NEW 7
Malaga 3
Malmö 9
Milan Bergamo 5
Niš 2
Palma NEW 3
Poznan NEW 2
Riga 6
Rome Fiumicino NEW 5
Skellefteå 3
Tallinn 5
Thessaloniki 2
Visby NEW 3
Venice NEW 2
Vienna 3
Warsaw Modlin 7
Wroclaw NEW 4
Zadar NEW 2"

Ryanair Launches New Agadir Base And Summer '22 Schedule

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe's no. 1 airline today (10th Nov) celebrated the opening of its new Agadir base and the launch of its Summer '22 schedule. With two based aircraft, representing an investment of $200m, this new base at Agadir signifies Ryanair’s commitment to Morocco and further demonstrates its ability to rebuild the Moroccan tourism industry, playing a key role in the recovery of jobs and the local economy.

"Ryanair's new Agadir base will deliver:

  • "Two based aircraft (a $200m investment)
  • "60 direct jobs
  • "30 total routes (20 new routes)
  • "Connections to popular European destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Bologna, Turin & Valencia
  • "Over 65 departing flights per week

"With 30 routes to choose from at Agadir, passengers can now book a well-deserved getaway, flying at the lowest fares to exciting destinations such as Bologna, Lisbon, Madrid, Pisa, Turin & Valencia. To celebrate the opening of its new Agadir base and its Summer 2022 schedule announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just 219 MAD, which must be booked by Friday 12th November, only on the Ryanair.com website.

"Ryanair's Director of Marketing, Digital and Comms, Dara Brady, said, 'We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our base in Agadir and announce our S22 schedule, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft. This development will create 60 direct jobs and offer our Moroccan customers a host of European destinations to choose from, with 20 new routes connecting Morocco to the likes of Alicante, Bologna, Lisbon, Madrid, Naples, Tenerife, Turin & Valencia.

"Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provides the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Agadir airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we're delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.

"To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from 219 MAD for travel until the end of October '22, which must be booked by Friday 12th November. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.'

"Agadir - W21 New Routes
Alicante Naples
Baden-Baden Nantes
Barcelona Paris Beauvais
Bologna Perpignan
Dublin Pisa
Krakow Porto
Lisbon Seville
Madrid Tenerife
Malaga Toulouse

 

"Agadir - S22 New Routes
Turin
Valencia"

Ryanair Claims Sensitive Strike Information Was Disclosed To Aer Lingus

As reported by The Irish Times, contacts between the pilots' union president and Aer Lingus in the run-up to the threatened 2019 Ryanair pilots’ strike could undermine a defence to the budget airline’s action for damages against the union Fórsa, the High Court has heard.

Ryanair reportedly claims that e-mail contacts between Captain Evan Cullen and Mike Rutter, chief operating officer of Aer Lingus, showed confidential sensitive commercial information had been disclosed to Ryanair's main competitor about impending strike action.

Last week, Ryanair reportedly sought an order from the court for further information to be disclosed about such contacts in advance of the airline’s action against Fórsa and a number of pilots, including Captain Cullen.

Aer Lingus reportedly opposed the application.

Mr Justice Brian O'Moore reportedly said that he would give his ruling on the matter the following day.

Ryanair DAC, in its main action due to be heard in two weeks, reportedly claims that it suffered millions in lost bookings and from the impact on fares arising from the planned industrial action.

It reportedly also claims that it suffered additional damage due to negative publicity and damage to its business and brand.

The claims are reportedly denied.

In August of 2019, Ryanair reportedly obtained an injunction that prevented Fórsa, the parent union of pilots' union Ialpa, from going ahead with a planned 48-hour strike from August 22, 2019, in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Last week, in advance of the main case, Ryanair reportedly sought what is known as non-party discovery (as Aer Lingus is reportedly not being sued) relating to any communication between an Ialpa representative and an Aer Lingus employee. It reportedly also sought information on any discussion about negotiations surrounding the industrial action.

Ryanair had reportedly claimed that the strike would be in breach of an agreement the parties made following a mediation conducted by retired Workplace Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey in 2018. That agreement, the airline reportedly claimed, contained an agreed mechanism which it and the union would prosecute their differences.

Ryanair reportedly said that the request for non-party discovery arose after the defendants had provided documents showing there had been communication between the union and Aer Lingus including about the balloting for strike action. This was before Ryanair or Fórsa's full-time national officials or Ryanair pilots themselves were aware of that information, it reportedly said.

Martin Hayden SC, with Eoin O'Shea BL, for Ryanair, reportedly argued that information was of significant commercial importance to Aer Lingus during the summer of 2019.

E-mails between Captain Cullen and Mr Rutter of Aer Lingus reportedly showed that these discussions were taking place and Ryanair reportedly sought further discovery in relation to any other discussions there were ongoing.

This reportedly identified a base for the suggestion there may be other documentation which would assist Ryanair in presenting its main case or in undermining the defendants’ defence of the action, counsel said.

Alison Keirse BL, for Aer Lingus, reportedly said that this application for non-party discovery should never have been brought.

Nowhere in the statement of claim were mala fides or lack of bona fides particularised by Ryanair, she reportedly said. The communications Ryanair would like to get had nothing to do with the proceedings and there was a real lack of any link to the proceedings, she reportedly said.

Ryanair Celebrates The Opening Of Its New Turin Base & Launches S22 Schedule

In a statement published on corporate.ryanair.com, Ryanair said, "Ryanair, Europe and Italy's no. 1 airline, today (11th Nov) celebrated the opening of its new Turin base and launched its S22 schedule. With two based aircraft, representing an investment of $200m alongside the introduction of 19 new routes, Ryanair significantly enhances Turin and Piemonte region connectivity.

"Ryanair's new Turin base will deliver:

  • "2 based aircraft (a $200m investment)
  • "60 direct jobs
  • "over 100 departing flights per week
  • "19 new routes

"Ryanair's new base in Turin represents our commitment to the Piemonte region and further demonstrates Ryanair's ability to rebuild the Italian tourism industry.

"With 40 routes to choose from at Turin, passengers can now book a well-deserved getaway, flying at the lowest fares to exciting destinations such as Cagliari, Edinburgh, Malaga, and Seville.

"To celebrate the opening of its new Turin base, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just €19.99, which must be booked by Saturday, 13th November, only on the Ryanair.com website.

"Ryanair's Director of Marketing, Digital and Comms, Dara Brady, said, 'We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our new base in Turin and to announce our new S22 schedule, which will boost connectivity throughout Europe as we continue to strengthen and grow our network to carry 225m passengers p.a. by 2026.

"'With 40 routes scheduled across this winter and next summer, Ryanair will be a crucial asset in positioning Turin and its region as a year-round destination for international tourism. This development will also create 60 direct jobs and offer our Italian customers a host of exciting European destinations to choose for their winter and summer breaks, with 19 new routes connecting Turin to the likes of Billund, Chania, and Dublin.

"'To celebrate, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from €19.99 for travel until the end of Oct 22, which must be booked by Saturday, 13th November. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out.'

Torino Airport CEO, Andrea Andorno, said, 'We are very pleased to announce today three new Ryanair routes - Agadir, Billund and Zadar - that will start from Turin in March 2022. We are also happy to confirm for next summer the connections that have debuted with the current winter season: Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Edinburgh (starting from 4 December), Kyiv, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Marrakech, Paris Beauvais, Seville, Tel Aviv and Trapani. The three new entries will thus bring further growth in the summer season 2022 to the many new flights that Ryanair has recently launched from the base of Turin.

"'To celebrate, for all passengers we offer a discount of over 50% at our low-cost parking, with exceptional rates: for example, 4 days of parking at €9.99 and a week at €13.99.'

"TURIN - W21 SCHEDULE RECAP

Route WF
Bari 14
Barcelona 3
Brindisi 7
Birmingham NEW 1
Bristol 1
Brussels Charleroi 4
Budapest NEW 2
Cagliari 3
Catania 14
Copenhagen NEW 2
Dublin 3
Edinburgh NEW 1
Krakow NEW 2
Kyiv NEW 2
Lanzarote NEW 2
Lamezia 4
London Luton NEW 1
London Stansted 10
Lviv 2
Madrid NEW 2
Malaga NEW 2
Malta 2
Marrakech NEW 2
Naples 9
Palermo 14
Paris Beauvais NEW 3
Palma 2
Pescara 3
Seville NEW 2
Shannon NEW 1
Tel Aviv NEW 2
Trapani NEW 3
Valencia 2

"TURIN – S22 SCHEDULE RECAP

Route WF
Agadir NEW 2
Barcelona 4
Bari 11
Billund NEW 2
Brindisi 9
Brussels Charleroi 3
Budapest 2
Cagliari 7
Catania 14
Chania 2
Copenhagen 2
Corfu 2
Dublin 2
Edinburgh 2
Fez 2
Ibiza 3
Kyiv 2
Krakow 2
Lamezia 5
Lanzarote 2
London Stansted 7
Lviv 2
Malaga 2
Madrid 3
Malta 3
Marrakech 2
Naples 9
Palermo 14
Palma 2
Paris Beauvais 3
Pescara 2
Seville 2
Tel Aviv 2
Trapani 3
Valencia 2
Zadar NEW 2"

High Court Directs A Search Be Made Of Ryanair Group Chief Executive's Messages

As also reported by The Irish Times, the High Court has directed that a search be made of Ryanair group chief executive Michael O'Leary's messages as part of the airline's action over a threatened 2019 pilots' strike, which was called off after a court injunction was obtained.

Mr Justice Brian O'Moore reportedly also refused a Ryanair application for the divulging of all documents that the budget airline reportedly said that Aer Lingus has in relation to confidential and commercially sensitive information about the threatened 48-hour industrial action in August 2019.

Ruling on a number of discovery matters, the judge reportedly directed that a search be made for such text messages, telephone records, WhatsApp messages or other instant messages made, related to this matter, generated or maintained by O'Leary.

It was not enough for Ryanair to say that O'Leary had minimal involvement to prevent relevant searches being made of records made, generated or maintained by O'Leary, the judge reportedly said.

Ryanair reportedly relied on the fact that O'Leary's assistant is identified by Ryanair as a custodian and that any relevant electronically stored documents, meeting notes and handwritten notes made or generated by O'Leary will be discovered as a result of a search of his assistant’s records.

The judge reportedly said that he was not prepared to accept this was so. Ryanair reportedly did not suggest that text messages, telephone records, WhatsApp messages or other instant messages made, generated or maintained by O'Leary will emerge from a search of the assistant's records.

He, therefore, reportedly made the direction for a search to be made of O'Leary's records.

He reportedly also directed that an explanation be given on affidavit as to how it is that all electronically stored documents, meeting notes and handwritten notes of O’Leary can confidently be said to be within the procurement of O'Leary's assistant, as custodian of that material.

The judge reportedly also noted that there had been no affidavit from O'Leary saying that he had little or no relevant involvement in the dealings with Fórsa in 2018 and 2019 - dealings which were reportedly obviously quite important as far as the airline was concerned.

One would expect that the group CEO would have such an involvement, even if he was not the main driver of or participant, in the mediation with the union in relation to the threatened industrial action, he reportedly said.

Ryanair is reportedly suing the trade union Fórsa and a number of pilots, including the president of pilots' union Ialpa, Captain Evan Cullen, claiming it suffered millions in losses as a result of the threatened 48-hour industrial action in August 2019.

The defendants reportedly deny the claims.

The ruling reportedly followed applications by both sides in the dispute for discovery of documents. On Tuesday November 9, there was reportedly a hearing in relation to what is termed "non-party" discovery against Aer Lingus, which is reportedly not a party in the proceedings.

Ryanair reportedly sought discovery of any communication between Mr Cullen and Aer Lingus chief operating officer Mike Rutter arising out of e-mails exchanged between the two men in the run-up to the threatened strike.

Martin Hayden SC, with Eoin O'Shea BL, reportedly said that the information was of significant commercial importance to its rival Aer Lingus during the summer of 2019. It would reportedly assist his client's case or could undermine the defendants’ case.

Aer Lingus reportedly opposed the application. The defendants reportedly had no position on that application.

Mr Justice O'Moore reportedly refused the Ryanair application for a number of reasons.

He reportedly said that in reality the discovery application arose from Ryanair concerns that its confidential information was being shared with Aer Lingus.

Viewed properly, the (Cullen/Rutter) e-mails did not support the proposition that Aer Lingus had documents relevant to the issues actually being litigated in these proceedings, and the breadth of the discovery sought, he reportedly said.

The scope of the discovery, which Ryanair declined to limit at the hearing, was the least of several reasons why the discovery application fails, he reportedly said.

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