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With global shock-waves resulting from the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace on Thursday 17 July, the future seems uncertain for the beleaguered carrier. In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines also lost flight MH370, which disappeared without warning en …

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Budget air travel has become ubiquitous throughout the UK and Europe during the last decade but one area remains elusive: finding a bargain for budget long haul flights to popular tourist destinations in Asia and trans-Atlantic. Several airlines have attempted …

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According to a recent ‘Baggage Rage’ survey of 2,000 adults – conducted by One Poll, and commissioned by Discover Ferries – a summer of discontent re airlines’ baggage practices is looming. The survey reveals that 44% of its respondents hate …

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After first issuing a profit warning in September 2013, Irish carrier, Ryanair, has further cut its projected profit for the financial year to around €510m ($688m) from €570m. The airline has also announced a series of customer service enhancements, on …

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Easyjet profits for financial year 2013 forecast to out-fly expectations

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It’s not all bad news for Easyjet this week – despite the embarrassment of leaving 29 passengers behind at Malaga Airport on Saturday 5 October  - as the airline has recently reported financial results that will be making the beleaguered Michael …

 

Easyjet boarding process leaves behind 29 passengers at Malaga

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Question: What could be a passenger’s worst nightmare be if attempting to board an inbound flight with young children in tow?  Answer: Being locked inside the boarding corridor, watching their plane fly away with all their luggage in the hold. …

 

Ryanair problems: has Michael O’Leary “done a Ratner”?

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Ryanair has reeled in turbulent press headlines with its recent profit-warning, followed by Michael O’Leary’s public climb-down over customer service levels at his airline, which he claims may “reflect his own personality defects”. Shareholders believe that “pissing people off” may …

 

Ryanair profit warning: does it signal a move towards bundled airfares and inclusive deals?

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The end of the UK school holidays (give or take a few days) has marked a busy spell for budget airline news announcements. While Easyjet announced an inclusive fare for business travellers and the introduction of smartphone-based boarding passes at …

 

Ryanair says cabin bag fees are “inevitable”: what does the travelling public think?

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Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has been running riot with his controversial comments again. At a conference earlier this week, he said it is “inevitable” that budget airlines will introduce cabin bag fees, following in the footsteps of Wizz Air, which …

 

Cabin bag reviews: we test out the Samonsite Short Lite Upright roller case

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Always keen to road-test (or should that be air-test) new luggage options, the Budget Airline Watch team was impressed with the build quality and performance of the ultra-light Samonsite Short Lite Upright cabin roller case, which weighs in at a …