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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Ryanair flights to France may be disrupted by strike action

Ryanair has issued the following statement concerning Ryanair flights to France............

Due to Strike Action by some French Air Traffic Controllers from 17:00 UTC 26th May until 05:00 UTC 28th May 2010, we are advising passengers that they may experience flight delays or possible cancellations. Ryanair will do everything possible to minimise any flight disruption.  
Passengers can monitor the status of their flight by clicking on Ryanair Live Flight Information

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Ryanair threatens to close operations at Marseille airport

RYANAIR has threatened to close its Marseille airport base, reduce its routes to the city and move all of its jobs out of France if it is prosecuted for employing French staff on Irish work contracts.

The budget airline has confirmed in a statement that its 120 staff at Marseille airport pay Irish tax and pension contributions instead of the French equivalents.

However it insists that this complies with EU laws because their workplace - the planes - are registered in Ireland and therefore count as "Irish territory".

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport gets new retail brand

Parisian fine food and confectionery brand makes its travel-retail debut at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport satellite terminal S3

French travel retailer Aelia Group has introduced Parisian fine food and confectionery brand Dalloyau for the first time in duty-free and travel-retail it its new fine food store at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport satellite terminal S3, which handles Air France long-haul flights. The 40sq m (430sq ft) outlet opened on April 30 and also features a range of high-end French brands including Fauchon, Maxim’s, Marquise de Sévigné and Valrhona, plus leading Belgian chocolates brand Godiva.

The store stocks typically French delicacies such as foie gras, cheeses, mustard and other condiments. The Dalloyau counter offers fresh macaroons, chocolates and pastries, and hopes to capitalise on the brand’s strong following in Asia, according to Aelia. The brand operates 32 stores worldwide including 14 in Japan and 10 in South Korea.

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Ryanair flights to France open today

Ryanair air this morning has said, "Based on current Eurocontrol and meteorological forecasts Ryanair expects no airport closures Tues 18th May", however all passengers should monitor their Ryanair flights to France flight status on Ryanair's website at www.ryanair.com.


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Monday, 17 May 2010

New Flybe flights to France announced

Flybe have just announced that they will be extending some of their Flybe flights to France through this winter.

More detailed information as it is available but for now we can confirm that the following Flybe flights to France will be running until the end of the year...........



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Ryanair cancels flights to France

The French news this morning predicted that the ash cloud would spread south over the next few days and could well result in some more airports in France closing.

For now, Ryanair reports the cancellations for flights to France for Monday 17th May...........





FR6023    BEZIERS AIRPORT    BRISTOL
FR6022    BRISTOL    BEZIERS AIRPORT   
FR1613    CARCASSONNE AIRPORT     EAST MIDLANDS
FR4452    CARCASSONNE AIRPORT     GLASGOW PRESTWICK
FR2982    DUBLIN     BREST AIRPORT   
FR22        DUBLIN     PARIS BEAUVAIS AIRPORT   
FR2993    DUBLIN     TOURS AIRPORT   
FR1612    EAST MIDLANDS    CARCASSONNE AIRPORT   
FR1632    EAST MIDLANDS    LIMOGES AIRPORT   
FR1287    EDINBURGH    MARSEILLE AIRPORT   
FR4451    GLASGOW PRESTWICK    CARCASSONNE AIRPORT   
FR2472    LEEDS BRADFORD    MONTPELLIER AIRPORT   
FR2324    LEEDS BRADFORD    NANTE AIRPORT   
FR1633    LIMOGES AIRPORT       EAST MIDLANDS
FR3256    LONDON LUTON     NIMES AIRPORT   
FR1286    MARSEILLE AIRPORT       EDINBURGH
FR2473    MONTPELLIER AIRPORT       LEEDS BRADFORD
FR2325    NANTE AIRPORT       LEEDS BRADFORD
FR3257    NIMES AIRPORT       LONDON LUTON

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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Ash cloud update statement from NATS

"For the period 1900 today (local time) until 0100 tomorrow (Monday) London’s main airports will still be clear of the no-fly zone imposed by the CAA due to the high density volcanic ash cloud.

The ash cloud continues to change shape and move further south to just north of Oxford during this period. This brings Birmingham and Norwich inside the no-fly zone in addition to those airports already affected. The northerly extent of the no-fly zone in England now includes Teesside, stopping just short of Newcastle, and tracking northwest in a line just north of Carlisle, which remains in the no-fly zone.

Airports inside the no-fly zone in England and Wales now include Carlisle, Teesside, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Blackpool, Ronaldsway, Caernarfon, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster, Norwich, Birmingham and East Midlands.

In Scotland the no-fly zone includes the Western Isles, Campbeltown, Prestwick and Oban. All airports in Northern Ireland remain inside the no-fly zone during this period.

There are currently no other restrictions within UK airspace. Information on airports in southern Ireland can be obtained from the Irish Aviation Authority website (www.iaa.ie).






Ash cloud is back

Looks like the ash cloud is on its way back and could mean flight cancellations from tonight from UK airports.

Watch this space and as always, check directly with your airline before you head off to the airport.



Friday, 14 May 2010

Ryanair - No Closures today

Ryanair said today, "Based on current Eurocontrol and meteorological forecasts Ryanair expects no airport closures today Fri 14th May."

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Friday, 7 May 2010

easyjet sale now on including flights to France

The latest sale from easyJet is now on, offering up to 20% off all flights, including of course, flights to France.

easyJet say they are offering, "huge savings in the easyJet early Summer sale. Save up to 20% off 5m seats.  That's discounts on every seat, every route, every day for travel between the 24th May - 15th July 2010!  That includes the May Spring Bank Holiday and school half term! But hurry - this sale must end at midnight on 11th May."

 To book your easyjet flight to France visit www.easyjet.com.

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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Latest Ash Cloud update

This  update from NATS, provider of air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace. It seems as though for today at least flights to France are not affected.

Update on Thursday 6 May, 0915

The high density area of the volcanic ash cloud is now lying off the west of Ireland and as a result there are currently no restrictions within UK airspace.

We continue to maintain close dialogue with the Met Office and with the CAA, which agrees no fly zones based on Met Office data. We will issue any further notice as necessary.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Ash cloud hampers flights to France again

Ash cloud hampers flights to France again

Due to the ongoing volcanic eruption in Iceland, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has closed Northern Ireland and parts of Scottish airspace on Wednesday morning (5 May).

This means that all flights to / from Belfast City, Belfast International, Glasgow and Inverness will be cancelled between 07:00 and 13:00hrs (UK Local). Flights to / from Edinburgh and Aberdeen are now planned operate normally, however, this may change at short notice.
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Scottish and Northern Irish airports shut over ash risk

Passengers in Belfast City Airport face a frustrating wait
Airports in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland closed from 0700 BST because of risks from volcanic ash, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.

Glasgow, Prestwick and Derry are likely to be closed all day, while there are plans to shut Inverness in the morning only, and Belfast in the afternoon.

The CAA advised air passengers to check with airports before travelling and warned the situation was changeable.

The situation in the skies has been changing hour by hour, meaning the picture for air travellers is unclear.

Dublin Airport will also close from 1100 BST until further notice.

Forecasts show the 60 nautical mile buffer zone imposed around high concentrations of ash is close to some northern airports.

AIRPORT CLOSURES

Glasgow 0700-1900
Prestwick 0700-1900
Inverness 0700-1300
Stornoway 0700-1900
Benbecula 0700-1900
Tiree 0700-1900
Islay 0700-1900
Barra 0700-1900
Campbeltown 0700-1900
Derry 0700-1900
Belfast International 1300-1900
Belfast City 1300-1900
Dublin 1100-onwards


However, the latest advice issued by the CAA at 0200 BST said airports in Edinburgh and north-west England could safely stay open on Wednesday, despite the proximity of the ash.

Earlier forecasts also suggested higher ash levels were drifting southwards, but the CAA says the South East of England is unlikely to be affected on Wednesday.

In a statement, the CAA said: "The situation remains changeable, so passengers expecting to travel from airports in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North of England and north Wales should contact their airlines to check whether their flight is operating."

At just after 0700 BST, Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA, told the BBC the risk of closures in much of the UK was likely to recede during the day.

He said: "The weather fronts overnight suggest the wind pattern will be more due northerly, and that will mean that while southern Ireland may still continue to be affected and maybe Northern Ireland, in mainland UK the risk should be receding."

Some flights out of the Irish Republic are facing disruption, the Irish Aviation Authority said.

'Single sky'

On Tuesday, flights in and out of the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and Scotland's Hebrides were suspended at the first sign of an increase of volcanic ash levels in the skies.

Flights over Europe were banned last month because of fears of the effect of volcanic ash on plane engines.

The decision to lift the restrictions followed safety tests that showed the engines could cope in areas of low-density ash.

The fresh disruption on Tuesday came as European Union transport ministers met in Brussels to agree measures they hoped would help prevent further disruption to air travel as a result of volcanic ash.

The steps include speeding up current plans to integrate Europe's airspace, creating a "single European regulator for a single European sky".

The meeting came after criticism from the airline industry that governments took an over-cautious approach to the ash cloud crisis last month, grounding flights unnecessarily. 

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Monday, 3 May 2010

Flybe to offer volcanic ash insurance


Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic airline, has become the first airline to offer you the opportunity to buy Volcanic Ash Insurance underwritten by travel insurance partner, Chartis. 
This innovative move allows you the opportunity to book with renewed confidence as you will have cover should the UK Civil Aviation Authority or any relevant overseas equivalent close airspace and scupper your holiday plans.
For more info visit www.flybe.com
Flybe currently flies direct to the following airports in France;



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Ryanair Holdings PLC Will Compensate Air Passengers for Being Stranded by Ash Cloud


Ryanair Holdings PLC announced that it would compensate passengers for the costs of being stranded by the ash cloud. The cloud had closed airspace over most of northern and central Europe for six days.
Ryanair shared that it was prepared to go to court to challenge current European Union rules. The rules state that airlines have a "duty of care" to passengers and that the receipted expenses for costs incurred due to flight delays must be refunded, in case passengers choose to be re-routed, instead of taking their ticket refunds.

Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair Holdings announced this Thursday that it would follow the E. U. rules, but will also try to change them.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said, "The events of the last seven days, under which Europe's airlines were prevented from flying by the closure of European airspace, highlight how absurd and discriminatory the regulations are towards Europe's airlines".

The duty-of-care rules for events that are outside of an airline's control should be changed, according to the airlines across Europe, who are requesting national Governments and the E. U. to help pay for the cost of the crisis.

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