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Ryanair announces 2% credit card fee


Ryanair has announced that in order to comply with the UK Office of Fair Trading’s recent ruling on credit card fees it will bring in a 2% credit card processing fee on all new credit card bookings made from 30 November, to cover credit card payment costs.

Ryanair’s 2% credit card fee can be avoided by using debit cards (including Ryanair Cash Passport cards) or German ELV transfer.

In addition, Ryanair’s €6/£6 admin fee will apply to all new bookings made from 30 November, except those bookings made using a Ryanair Cash Passport in Ireland, Germany and Spain, where administrative fees can be avoided until 1 February, 15 February and 21 March 2013, respectively. This will bring all of Ryanair’s European operations in line with its UK procedures, following the OFT’s ruling.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara, said:

“Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares and a no fuel surcharges guarantee to all our passengers. However, to cover our credit card processing costs and to comply with the UK OFT’s recent ruling, we are introducing a 2% credit card handling fee from 30 November 2012. Passengers can avoid credit card fees by paying for their ultra-low fares with a debit card or a German ELV transfer.

From 30th November, admin fees (€6/£6) will apply to all new bookings, except bookings made with a Ryanair Cash Passport card in Ireland, Germany and Spain where Cash Passport cardholders can continue to avoid admin fees until 1st February, 15th February and 21st March respectively.”

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Posted by on 03/12/2012 in Airlines, car hire

 

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Record month at Birmingham International Airport


Birmingham airport claims to have beaten all other UK airports in terms of passenger growth during the month of August. Passenger numbers increased in excess of 9% to more than 1 million in the peak summer month

“The growth in passenger numbers for the month was higher than at any other UK airport during the same period,” the airport said.

August was the 4th most popular month in the airport’s history and the 9th time the airport has passed the 1 million passenger level.

Chief executive Paul Kehoe said: “August has been a fantastic month for us in terms of passenger numbers. It is particularly pleasing to learn we were the best performing airport in the UK, clearly demonstrating there is strong demand to fly from Birmingham.

“We have seen encouraging signs particularly from our leisure passengers, who have decided to take advantage of the extra capacity and new routes now served by Monarch, including Barcelona and Nice.

“Traditional summer sun destinations including Palma, Alicante and Malaga also proved to be tremendously popular in August.”

He added: “We are now turning our attention to the winter season ahead, making sure we continue the great results we have achieved this summer.

“With new routes planned to commence in the coming months, including the launch of EasyJet’s daily service to Belfast International, SAS launching their new route to Stockholm and Ryanair now serving Milan and Krakow, this is great news for our business community and those seeking city breaks.”

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Posted by on 02/10/2012 in Air Travel

 

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Ryanair expects to take 25% in Stansted Airport


Ryanair expects to take a 25% stake in Stansted airport and boost passenger numbers enough to account for most air traffic growth in the southeast over coming years.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary said a string of consortia keen on buying the airport had asked Ryanair “what would it take for you to grow traffic?”

O’Leary said: “Most of the consortia want us to take a stake. I’d be happy with an agreement and no stake. But they’re keen to work with Ryanair to increase traffic.”

Stansted’s current owner BAA abandoned attempts to overturn a Competition Commission ruling and put the airport up for sale last month. A deal is expected by the end of the year.

Speaking in London yesterday, O’Leary blamed “gross mismanagement by BAA” and “complete regulatory incompetence by the CAA” for a sharp decline in traffic at Stansted over the past five years. He said: “There is enormous opportunity for cutting the cost base at Stansted.

“You could take the airport [from 30 million] to 60 million passengers a year and account for nearly all the growth in the southeast.”

O’Leary said: “Most of the potential bidders [for the airport] want to make as much money as they can quickly. We have a different vision. We’d like to be involved long term, significantly lower costs and drive rapid growth.

“We’d get rid of the cathedral-like check-in hall. We’d get more space airside for retail. We’d blow up the Noddy train that costs £1 million a week to shuttle to a terminal 40 yards away. We’d do sensible things.

“We’d change the whole structure of the airport to lower costs, increase the number of flights and increase traffic.”

However, O’Leary said Ryanair would take no more than a 24.99% stake because “more would cause a regulatory problem.”

He insisted: “The next runway in the southeast will be at Stansted, before Heathrow or Gatwick. It already has planning permission. Not in my lifetime or my children’s lifetimes will there be a new airport in the Thames estuary.”

But he said there would be new runways at Heathrow and Gatwick, arguing: “The government needs to come up with an aviation strategy. Pandering to environmental dimwits is not a strategy.”

And he had a message for “those who have bought houses near Heathrow”: “Get over yourselves or move.”

 
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Posted by on 05/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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Compare Car Hire – Ryanair launches text message service to warn of delays


Compare Car HireRyanair has announced passengers experiencing flight delays with the carrier of over 90 minutes will now receive free text message updates to advise them of the likely duration of the delay and their new departure time.

The service, developed in partnership with Sentient, is a new addition to Ryanair’s existing email/text and website passenger communications and will be particularly useful during periods of severe disruption such as bad weather.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “Now passengers who have provided us with complete mobile numbers will receive real-time information if they experience a rare flight delay of over 90 minutes.

“The latest SITA study found an estimated 95 per cent of airline passengers carry a mobile phone when they travel and our new system will ensure passengers are kept fully informed during periods of mass disruption, such as bad weather, air traffic control strikes or airspace closures.”

 

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Croatia welcomes record number of visitors


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!The first six months of 2012 have seen a record number of visitors travel to Croatia.

Arrivals from the UK are up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to official statistics.

A number of new routes out of the UK have launched in recent months, including Heathrow to Zagreb with British Airways and Ryanair’s East Midlands to Zadar, which have led to anticipation growth will continue.

Star Power

One special visitor to the destination was Beyoncé, who reportedly named her daughter Ivy Blue after a tree she saw on the popular island of Hvar during a holiday last year.

In recognition of the development, the mayor of Hvar, Pjerino Bebić, bestowed the title of honorary citizen on the baby.

Pictures of Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z holidaying in Croatia hit the news last summer, when the expectant mother was photographed on the beaches of Hvar.

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Posted by on 12/07/2012 in Tourism News

 

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