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Old 17th Feb 2011, 12:08
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Last night I was repeatedly unable to acess my booking on Ryanair: "there is a problem accessing this page waffle waffle waffle" but today it's there again.

So MOL is (as usual) announcing one thing and doing another. Nothing new there then.

Incidently the informative Catalan Daily newspaper "El Punt" devoted their first seven pages to the Ryanair-at-Girona story today, and from reading that I definately had the impression that cancellations etc would start at the end of February. Same thing goes for today's "Arena", the German newspaper here.

But having checked the Ryanair website - well, well ! - indeed yes, still selling tickets on "cancelled" routes up past the end of April.....

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Old 18th Feb 2011, 13:53
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So thinking about this further. Ryanair says in principle if the Generalität of Catalunia (the Catalan Government) won't pay them their subsidy to fly into Girona, they will leave Girona and move to places that will. And where, pray, will they be ?

Barcelona and Reus are the two nearest to fly in the millions of tourists who visit the Costa Brava and Barcelona each year, but they too are in Catalunia so Ryanair will go in vain for an increased subsidy there - and at Barcelona there are other airlines who would like to see Ryanair fall from grace. Another possibility would have been Perpignan, excellent for the northern area of Catalunia, but Ryanair have already blotted their copybook with the Perpìgnan city fathers, not to mention with the French government (Strasbourg, anyone ?!)

So unless Ryanair wishes to leave the Costa Brava market completely, I can see this being another "flying standing up" or "paying for the toilets" affair - not to mention "ten pound fare to fly the Atlantic".


P.S. One hears a rumour that next week or the week after, the Generalität may well be talking with representatives of the orange airline, and that suddenly-available slots at Girona might be discussed.

Addition next day: Ryanairs Girona Madrid and back flights already taken over by another airline from the day Ryanair finishes (thought to be early May)

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Old 20th Feb 2011, 13:54
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Hi again OSFO,

FUE did, then didn't and felt the pinch.
ACE jumped in and did. Many flights per week and a base set up.

FUE comes back to the table, cap in hand.

I am sure there are loads of issues, DVT is probably not one of them tho'

Saludos from Sharm

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Old 20th Feb 2011, 17:25
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Hi OFSO. I also have bookings with Ryanair after the date from which they intend to cancel flights from Girona to Gatwick, in fact in total I have 4: 2 in March and 2 in April. I've heard nothing from Ryanair about any cancellations and don't know where I stand. Unbelievably, it is still possible to buy flights from Girona to Gatwick up to 3rd May. I've complained to the CAA and OfT, and directly to Ryanair, but it seems dreadfully quiet out there. There must be thousands of people affected by this - where are they?!
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Old 22nd Feb 2011, 07:57
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Fight times changes: the saga continues...

To recap:
Flight was changed from 11.30 to 7.00 (notification received 2 months later)
Same flight has now been re-changed... from 7.00 to 11.35 (notification received 5 weeks before flight).
Arrangements at both ends are now useless and have to be changed. "Luckily", the rebooked flights are cheaper! (Refund takes about a week)

What next? Will they quietly cancel the route?
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Old 25th Feb 2011, 13:50
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Measuring Hand Luggage at the Gate

I've just read a long report in my local expat paper here in Spain which, among other things, mentions that Ryanair customers are now being subjected to having their carry-on luggage measured while they are in the queue for the Gate. A member of Ryanair staff wheels the measuring trolley down the queue and measures everyone's hand luggage. Those whose luggage will not fit into the gauge have to pay a hold fee or repack their bag. Could those of you that have recently used Ryanair comment on this?

Many thanks.
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Old 25th Feb 2011, 14:25
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Measuring hand luggage at the gate.

With on-line check-in, the only place that Ryanair can check hand luggage is at the gate.

Ryanair's hand luggage allowance is quite clear. 1 bag only, maximum measurements 55x40x20cm and weighing no more than 10Kg. Handbag, briefcases, laptop, duty free, camera etc. must fit inside this 1 bag. Any oversize or overweight bag will be charges £35/35 Euro.

I have little sympathy for those charged at the gate for oversize luggage. If this allowance is inadequate or you feel the charge is excessive, you always have an option.
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Old 25th Feb 2011, 15:03
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Couldnt agree more, the baggage dimensions are clear yet people continue to take the with what they try to bring onboard. Those who follow the rules have nothing to fear and this is not done only by Ryanair it is done by other airlines too...!

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Old 27th Feb 2011, 11:23
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on my last flight a couple of weeks ago they did check the size of a lot of the peoples cases that were in the queue, but gerona have been doing that on an ad hoc basis for ages.
they used to have an old dragon at the bottom of the stairs, before they moved them,who took great delight in measuring cases before you were allowed up to departures.
my flight home from gerona on 29th has been cancelled and they offerd me one for the day before, but it was the 1900 hours flight which i did not want.
i cancelled and rebooked for another day and saved money in the process.
it would appear that the tuesday and sunday flights are the ones affected at the moment, as all others seem to be running, certainly up to the end of april
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Old 28th Feb 2011, 20:20
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Passengers arriving for the Girona to Madrid flights last week found no aircraft, no crew, and no explanation at the Ryanair check-in desk. It appears that the flights were withdrawn but Ryanair made no comment.

Girona's Director of Business Associations says that by so doing, Ryanair is breaking its contract with the city of Girona for 2011. Ryanair does have the right to cancel unprofitable routes, but noted that the GRO-Madrid route carries 300,000 passengers a year.

The president of Spanair, Ferran Soriano, has confirmed that his airline is ready to take over the route when Ryanair pulls out of Girona (and hopes that unlike the last time Spanair tried the route, this time they will make a profit).

The Catalan airline Vueling announced a net profit for 2010 of €46.000.000, an increase of 66% over 2009. They operated 84.435 flights, transporting 11.036.083 passengers, and are also eyeing Girona.

(SOURCE: ARENA, 25.02.2011)
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Old 2nd Mar 2011, 21:09
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TSR2, that's right, I've had that done at Seville last week. I didn't thought they would do it to mine as it was obviously small, but they still asked me to place the little bag on the ground to measure it. On the other hand, at Rome Ciampino there were obvious BIG bags at the gate, but the staff couldn't care less, they didn't measured any hand luggage, and worse, didn't checked the passports or ID cards.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 14:14
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Ryanair at Edi

It has been obvious for some time that the Scottish Parliament (with its attendant bureaucracy) has had a policy of attracting services to Edinburgh - to the extent that it has supplanted Glasgow as Scotland's busiest airport.
Ryanair have played a key part in this change. Given MoL's antipathy to paying the extortionate charges BAA inflicts on everybody else, has anyone heard what the incentive was for him to make this bold step?
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 23:20
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jimd-f and LPFR

Thanks for your posts. I thought I'd probably not posed the question correctly but since you both gave me the information I was after, I clearly did!
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Old 18th Mar 2011, 15:29
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Ryanair cancels another destination

According to today's "Arena" Ryanair is pulling out of Lleida, Spain this summer: same reason as Girona, Catalans won't maintain subsidy.
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 13:12
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News in today's "El Punt" paper that the Generalität de Catalunia (the Catalan Parliament) is making funds available to Girona to meet Ryanair's extortion, I'm sorry, I'll read that again, to pay the subsidy that Ryanair insists on being paid to fly into Girona airport.

However, they twigged that over the past four years Ryanair has repeatedly broken the terms of the LAST contract that Girona signed with Ryanair, so this time the money will be based on the number of flights AND the number of passengers ferried in by Ryanair.

Another job for someone to stand at GRO arrivals and count passengers arrivng on "the Worlds Favourite Airline".
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Old 25th Mar 2011, 18:23
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By contrast, we are all wearing "I love Ryanair" badges here in the Canaries !

Tourism has increased several-fold, which means employment is up, which means more cash is in circulation,which means we are in an upward spiral again.

All this because our government agreed to play ball with Ryanair.

Right now, it is a win-win situation
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Old 26th Mar 2011, 18:04
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Certainly happy with return prices But now summer schedules are almost here the 06.00 (06.50 Tues) departures to LTN are just a bit too early. This limits return option to uk as Thurs at 17.45. Cannot have everything I suppose.
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Old 30th Mar 2011, 13:08
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Has Ryanair got a Pilot Shortage

Hi Guys
Obviously MOL would choke in convulsions at the idea but looking today at the Departure and Arrivals board of Stansted and other Ryanair bases I have noticed that there are quite a few "Contact Airline" eg FR8030 (unknown), FR2638 Granada, FR6129 Belfast City, FR8140 unkown, FR419 Prestwick. Are the wheels coming off the wagon. Pilot shortage, what pilot shortage.
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Old 30th Mar 2011, 14:14
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Given that we no longer fly to BHD (at all) or GRX from Stansted I suspect that there is a bit of a glitch in the system there and it is showing flights that no longer exist...
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Old 30th Mar 2011, 16:37
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ryanair €2 levy for all pax

Hi all, is this the start of things to come? yet another €200 million going into O'Learys pocket! wait until the others start doing the same thing.
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