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25th August - Ryanair announce they are pulling out of both Belfast International and Belfast City Airport
They will stop flights from Belfast international to six destinations – Alicante, Málaga, Kraków, Gdansk, Warsaw and Milan – by 30th October.
And they will withdraw eight services from City airport – to Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Ibiza, Mallorca, Málaga, Milan and Valencia – on 12th September.
Ryanair blame government passenger duty and the absence of any Covid recovery incentives. “Due to the UK government’s refusal to suspend or reduce APD [air passenger duty], and the lack of Covid recovery incentives from both Belfast airports, this winter. Ryanair will cease operations from Belfast international and Belfast City airport from the end of the summer schedule in October, and these aircraft will be reallocated to lower-cost airports elsewhere in the UK and Europe for the winter schedule, which starts in November,” it said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Ryanair pulled out of Derry airport earlier this year.
Yet another blow for the travel industry.
20th August - Ryanair intensifies its war against 'online' travel agencies
Ryanair has stepped up its war against online travel agencies , which it accuses of charging high commissions for an unnecessary intermediation service. The low-cost airline on Wednesday issued a warning to customers about the "fake" boarding passes provided by the travel site Kiwi.com and has informed that they will no longer be accepted by the airline.
Ryanair state that in accordance with EU regulation 2015/1998, it is mandatory for passengers to complete Ryanair's check-in process directly to ensure they are informed of all necessary regulatory and safety protocols when travelling. However, it considers that Kiwi.com circumvents these aviation regulations by issuing its own boarding passes, "which are not valid on Ryanair flights".
Therefore, from this Wednesday (18th Aug), any Ryanair passenger with a boarding pass issued by Kiwi.com will be denied boarding for not having complied with Ryanair's safety and security protocols during check-in. Customers who wish to retrieve an official boarding pass can do so by accessing their reservation through Ryanair.com or on the airline's app.
Ryanair urges travellers to only book directly on its website or mobile app and to avoid buying through third-party agents who are not authorised to sell Ryanair flights or to issue boarding passes.
Ryanair has obtained a court order in the Czech Republic requiring Kiwi to stop replacing customers' email addresses with fake email addresses, preventing the airline from communicating directly with its passengers.
Other online travel agencies may also be affected by the above.
Ryanair implemented the "Verified Seal", which is a guarantee for customers that they are booking directly on Ryanair's website.
Dara Brady, Ryanair´s Marketing Director said in a statement that customers who have booked through Kiwi.com should contact the agency to obtain the Ryanair booking reference.
3rd February - Ryanair has been ordered to remove an "irresponsible" advert depicting misleading claims about coronavirus vaccinations by the advertising watchdog. (advert pictured below)
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it had received 2,370 complaints about the advert - which was shown from December to January - making it the third most complained about advert of all time.
Ryanair stated the advert was meant to be "uplifting" and did not consider the content was insensitive to people who had had COVID-19 or who had lost people to the virus". Others felt the advert trivialised ongoing restrictions and effects of the pandemic.
December 27th 2020
Ryanair have once again come up with an advertising campaign that seems to have upset many and has caused massive backlash all over social media. The new television campaign tells travellers to “jab and go!”. This advert show a gloved handholding a syringe and a vial labelled “vaccine,” . The advert is also on the front page of their website.