Ryanair to fly from London Southend Airport in 2019.
Ryanair will begin operating flights from Southend next year. The airline said it will base three planes at the airport from April and fly 13 routes to eight countries, including Spain and Greece. More than 55 flights a week will see Ryanair carry an estimated one million passengers per year. Southend will be the fourteenth base for the low-cost airline and ‘create 750 jobs’, according to research. Planned new routes include five flights per week to Alicante and Malaga in Spain, twice daily flights to Dublin and other flights to Portugal, Italy and Venice.
Ryanair’s new check-in rule kicks in, with the window reduced from four days to 48 hours.
Ryanair’s new check-in policy has come into force last week, reducing the free check-in time from four days to 48 hours – unless passengers pay to reserve a seat. The piece says millions of passengers booked with the Dublin-based carrier will have to pay an extra £4 on bookings for an assigned seat if they still want to be able to check-in for flights 60 days in advance. The new policy could increase the likelihood of passengers having to find internet connections while abroad to download return-journey boarding passes on their smartphones, because many currently do this at home before setting off. And if passengers don’t download or print their passes before turning up to the airport, the airline can charge them £55. Two years ago, customers could check in up to seven days before their flight, which worked well for those on longer breaks as they could download passes for both legs of their trip at the same time. It was then reduced to four days. The reduction to just 48 hours has prompted some passengers to take to Twitter to slam the new rules, saying they are confusing.
Ryanair agrees to recognise Unite.
Ryanair has signed a landmark agreement that recognises its UK cabin crew’s union. The agreement with Unite enables its representatives to negotiate pay, hours and holiday on behalf of around 650 crew. It follows reports that the airline asks cabin crew to pay ‘thousands of pounds’ during training and imposes sanctions on staff who do not meet sales targets. Many crew remain indirectly employed via agencies like Crewlink, so will not come under the remit of the Unite deal. Ryanair’s Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson, said the agreement was a sign of the progress the airline had made since its announcement that it would recogniseunions. “We are confounding those sceptics who claimed that our decision was not real or genuine,” he said.