Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ryanair flights that leave you 30ft closer to your destination

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, are leaving passengers just 30ft closer to their destination after “flights” from London North Airport, also known as Dublin East Airport.

The story, posted on  explains that: “A Ryanair flight which left ‘London’ at 8.16am and arrived in ‘Dublin’ at 8.18am has been condemned by the 125 passengers onboard after it left them hundreds of pounds out of pocket and ‘barely a stone’s throw’ from where they’d set off from.

‘I was livid’, claimed Mary Tumbleston, a mother from Tottenham. ‘We arrived at the new ‘London North’ airport in plenty of time, even though the terminal turned out to be closer to Birmingham. We went through a rigorous security check, browsed the duty-free sunglasses, and then they whisked us through the departure lounge and out onto the tarmac, through a door marked ‘Welcome to Dublin’. We didn’t go near an aeroplane, or get to vomit in a bag. And we could still see our car through the chicken-wire fence, where we’d paid £40 a day to park in ‘London’.’

The confusion has been blamed on Ryanair’s decision to rename ‘Birmingham International’ as both ‘London North’ and ‘Dublin East’, a move described as ‘slightly misleading’ by consumer groups. ‘We would urge travellers to check the small print carefully before booking a flight online’, said Janet Hurblet of the Consumers’ Association. ‘As well as watching out for the big print, where it says ‘Ryanair’.’

Despite spending nearly £350 on tickets for her family of four, Tumbleston still needed to spend a further three hours in a taxi and ninety minutes on a ferry, before reaching her destination half a day late. Overall, Ryanair’s ‘Sun Saver Special’ had cost nearly £1.00 an inch.

While Ryanair admits that the new ‘flight’ is largely just a walk through a shed in a field next to an airport, they are proud of the service’s low carbon footprint and absence of significant delays, and believe the marginally above-average safety record speaks for itself.

Tumbleston isn’t so convinced though. ‘We can accept that the ‘flight’ didn’t start or end quite where we’d been led to believe, and while it would have been nice to have left the ground, I suppose that’s a technicality. But what I do find harder to accept is that in our two short minutes with Ryanair, they still managed to lose most of our luggage.’”.


Ryanair jets collide at Seville airport

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have reportedly been involved in a collision between two of their aircraft at Seville airport.

According to the report on the ABC de Sevilla website, both aircraft were pushed back from their stands at the same time resulting in the wing from one aircraft striking the tail of the other causing minor damage (see image) and a resulting delay to the passengers on both aircraft.

In other news, Ryanair are cutting services at Edinburgh airport axing flights to destinations including Fuerteventura, Spain, and Frankfurt from October, adding to the five routes that the wannabe airline said in February it would remove from its summer schedule.

The cuts will reduce the number of its passengers using Edinburgh by about 500,000 a year — from 1.8m to 1.3m, and cost 500 jobs, according to Ryanair.

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Three examined in hospital after Ryanair emergency landing

A jet flown by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, was involved in an emergency landing following a cabin pressure alert yesterday, according to the BBC.

The plane was diverted to Frankfurt in Germany; the German authorities said 10 other people suffered minor injuries.

Among the 134 passengers on board Wednesday’s flight from Bergamo, in Italy, were Nottingham couple Melvin and Jacqueline Frater.

Mrs Frater said many of those on board were afraid during the incident.

“You could see the whites of the eyes of the people next to you. People were panicking but they weren’t screaming or shouting,” she said.

“You overheard the captain saying ‘Mayday, mayday,’ and he was saying it rapidly as we were going down. I thought my number was up.”
‘Crying with pain’

Ryanair said the captain had identified a pressurisation warning and descended from 31,000 ft to 10,000ft as recommended.

Mr Frater, from Bakersfield, said: “I don’t know how long we were actually falling but you could tell it was rapidly because of the pressure in our ears.

“Then the children and babies started crying with the pain.”

The aircraft landed at 12:00 local time and passengers were later taken on to East Midlands Airport on another flight.

It has been reported that another Ryanair Boeing 737-800 suffered a decompression on 6 February while flying from Bergamo to Charleroi in Belgium.

In a statement Ryanair apologised to all the passengers affected by the diversion and delay on Wednesday.

The aircraft has been examined, but the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said the full investigation could take up to a year.

A spokesman for the bureau said three people were taken to hospital for examination after the incident but were not seriously injured. Ten people received minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.