Monthly Archives: June 2010

Whinging Ryanair to seek to prevent judge from hearing its cases

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, will apply next week to prevent a High Court judge hearing any more cases involving the airline on the basis of the views he has expressed about the company in recent actions, including remarks that the truth and Ryanair are “uncomfortable bedfellows”.

Martin Hayden SC, for Ryanair, told Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday his client wished the judge not to hear cases involving Ryanair in light of comments made by him in recent proceedings involving the airline.

Mr Hayden made the application as the court was adjourning proceedings in which Ryanair is being sued over its alleged delays in paying airport charges.

Mr Justice Kelly said he would not hear an application made “on the hoof” and it would have to be brought properly through a motion and grounded on affidavit. He returned the matter to next Monday.

Last week, the judge refused to allow Ryanair to appeal to the Supreme Court against his refusal to allow it to bring a judicial review challenge to new charges at Dublin airport. He ruled that Ryanair had failed to advance any point of law of exceptional public importance arising from his refusal which required determination by the Supreme Court, nor had it advanced any public interest grounds for an appeal.

The judge also told Mr Hayden he could not “be serious” in seeking to appeal orders for costs made against it by the judge in light of his findings that Ryanair had seriously misled the court and told untruths to and about the court and to Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey. He remarked at the time that he could have considered jailing orders in light of the untruths told by Ryanair.

The refusal of leave to appeal means Ryanair cannot pursue its bid for a court order aimed at quashing the Commission for Aviation Regulation’s decision last December approving charges for Dublin airport for the period 2010-14.

Mr Justice Kelly had previously refused Ryanair leave to bring a judicial review on grounds that the airline had itself said its preferred and most effective means of dealing with its complaint about charges was through an appeal to the appeals panel.

The judge had also said, given untruths told by Ryanair to and about the court, and to the Minister, that he was driven to conclude “the truth and Ryanair are uncomfortable bedfellows”.


Woman thrown off Ryanair flight ‘for skin condition’

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have thrown a woman off a flight in Spain because cabin crew feared a rash on her arm was contagious, despite assurances from a doctor on the flight that it was not.

A senior flight attendant noticed spots on the arm of Patricia Roa, a 59-year-old Spanish woman, and asked her to leave the plane before take-off at Madrid’s Barajas airport last Wednesday.

Mrs Roa, who has suffered for ten years from prurigo nodularis – an itchy skin condition that is non-contagious – tried in vain to explain the nature of the disease.

A doctor who happened to be on board confirmed the diagnosis and Mrs Roa telephoned her dermatologist who offered to fax the airline a medical certificate giving permission to fly.

But staff refused to listen and order the woman and her daughter off the flight which was bound for Trapani, in Sicily. Five officers from Spain’s civil guard boarded the aircraft to escort them off after the pair refused to go quietly.

“I was told several times that they did not care what the disease was and that as I could not prove it was not contagious I couldn’t fly,” Mrs Roa wrote in a complaint lodged with police against the airline.


Ryanair emergency landing due to low fuel

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, was recently forced into declaring an emergency and landing at an alternate airport due to being too low on fuel.

The Ryanair flight on the 14th May was due to fly between Stansted and Alicante in Spain but ended up landing safely in Valencia, which is about 70 miles away.

Upon it’s initial attempt to land on runway 10 at Alicante Airport (LEAL), the aircraft experienced windsheer and was forced to go around for another try. This time the crew decided to use runway 28 but again experienced similar wind conditions and aborted the landing.

A “Pan” call was made by the pilot to indicate urgency due to the fact that they were now below the final fuel reserve and the aircraft was diverted to Valencia. But on the approach the situation was upgraded to a full emergency by making a “MAYDAY” call.

After the landing, the final fuel quantities were checked and it was found that there was just 440kg in tank 1 and 470kg in tank 2. The central fuel tank was empty.

The crew re-fueled and continued to Alicante where they arrived over 2 hours late.

Thank goodness for the sake of the passengers that this delay resulted in no trumpet fanfare being played!

An investigation by the Spanish Civil Aviation Authorities is underway.