Ryanair: Airline launches Black Friday deals – save on flights | Travel News | Travel

As UK travel restrictions continue to ease, many Britons will be eager to spend time abroad this winter before the beginning of the new year. Known for being one of Britain’s most popular airlines, Ryanair has today launched their Black Friday sales for 2021.

Buy one get one free means you can buy a flight for a loved one and travel for free with them, or vice versa.

To claim the offer, all Ryanair customers need to do is visit the airline’s website, Ryanair.com.

The deal will be live on the website from 2pm today, November 25, until midnight on Friday, November 26.

This leaves customers with little time to claim the offer and avoid missing out.


Dara Brady, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, said: “Black Friday has come early at Ryanair as we unveil our amazing ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer, with one million seats available for travel across 1,000 routes from December 1, 2021, to February 18, 2022.

“Customers can book a well-deserved city break or a long overdue holiday and bring a plus one completely free – the ultimate Black Friday bargain.

“We’ve no doubt that this amazing offer will be snapped up quickly, especially with Christmas in near sight, so we encourage customers to act fast and visit the Ryanair.com website before midnight Friday, November 26, to avail of this brilliant Black Friday offer.”

But with Black Friday approaching, Ryanair is not the only airline offering discounted prices this week.

Customers can either claim £200 or £100 off a holiday package deal, depending on how much they are willing to spend.

To save up to £200 on holidays, Britons must spend a minimum of £2,000.

Meanwhile, to save £100 on holidays, holidaymakers must spend a minimum of £700.

To claim both deals, customers should use the code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout.

This code is valid on all breaks departing from December 6, 2021, to October 31, 2023.

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Ryanair boss gets ‘fundamentally simple’ travel rules wrong on Sky | Travel News | Travel

O’Leary advised travellers to book early for Christmas holidays as he said demand was high.

He said: “I would urge people- book early now for Christmas, because it looks like Christmas is going to be a bumper time for travel. To get the lower prices book early.”

He added that bookings were up for October half-term: “We’re seeing extraordinary bookings for the mid-term break, all our flights to Spain, Italy, Greece were filling up very rapidly.

“We added 300 extra flights to Faro, to the Canaries, to the Balearics just two weeks ago and most of those flights are already sold out as well.

“So I think we’re seeing this pent up demand returning very quickly.”

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Key travel tip on which two rows to always book on Ryanair if you want extra legroom

Holidaymakers looking for that extra bit of legroom are in luck as Ryanair have revealed which seats you should always choose for that bit of extra space.

Many find the plane to be a cramped space, especially if you are stuck in the air for a number of hours – but that doesn’t have to be a problem anymore.

The airline says in their advice that for that extra bit of leg room people should always book rows 16 and 17.

Ryanair explain on their website: “If you’re blessed with long legs, or you just want as much space as possible to sprawl out during a flight, treat yourself to one of the roomier seats in rows 16 and 17. Not only can you look forward to extra legroom, but as soon as you reserve a seat, you’re free to check-in up to 60 days before take-off.”

Ryanair is offering flights to dozens of European destinations from July 19th.

And that’s not the only advice they’ve given, if you want to eat or drink quickly, row 33 or rows 1 and 2 will give you a head start on the rest of the plane.

You can see all the airline’s advice right here.

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Ryanair boss gives money-saving tip as flights set to get more expensive next summer

Following the news that airfares are set to rise next summer due to increased levels of demand, the CEO of Ryanair has urged customers to book their flights as early as possible.

During a recent interview with The Times, O’Leary said that while confidence is returning in the aviation sector and passenger numbers are increasing, this will have a knock-on effect in terms of pricing as demand soars.

The Ryanair boss has said that a rise in demand for holidays would coincide with fewer flights, which would lead to rising prices for consumers next summer.

O’Leary believes that this increase won’t just be for flights, but also for hotels.

O’Leary said: “I think there will be a dramatic recovery in holiday tourism within Europe next year. And the reason why I think prices will be dramatically higher is that there’s less capacity.”

Speaking with Newstalk, the CEO of Ryanair, Eddie Wilson, elaborated on O’Leary’s recent comments and discussed the future of the low-cost airline and the industry at large.

Mr Wilson said: “European-wise, when Michael was talking about that, what you can see is the pressures that are going to come on pricing next year, they’re going to come from a number of fronts. Long haul travel isn’t going to return in the way that it did previously, so people who previously went on holidays to Florida or southeast Asia are going to holiday in Europe next year.

“There are less airlines, there are less airline seats around, so generally speaking, in economic terms, if there’s less of something then prices generally rise. I think you’ll see this flowing through into hotels and into the sort of tourist hotspots as well. There’ll be a lot of pent-up demand for next summer, and that will feed into higher prices.”

Last month, Ryanair had 11 million passengers which represents an increase of 2m from July and double what it carried in June.

While there has been an upward trend in customers, the numbers still aren’t what they were before the pandemic.

However, Mr Wilson has said that people can save money by booking early and if the government do intervene to make Ireland more attractive for airlines, prices could fall.

Wilson added: “On a European wide basis, it’s going to be about 20% less. Now, Ireland, in terms of its connectivity because we’re an island, we depend on air travel and if we can actually up supply here, that would mitigate against some of the price pressure. The advice I’d give people and consumers is to book early and for the government, put those incentives in to ensure that the largest share of Ryanair’s capacity goes into Ireland. That generally will push prices down.”

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Covid travel news: Ryanair passenger turned away from Alicante flight | UK | News

And Richard was one of the latest to fall foul of this rule at Manchester Airport on May 19. He hoped to visit a bank with personal documentation and carry out urgent works on a property near Alicante, reports Manchester Evening News.

The dad of four claims Ryanair failed to state on its website the need for either a Spanish residency permit or a letter from the Government saying the trip was essential.

Richard, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, states he was instead advised to prove he’d been tested and provide evidence of reasons for travel, before being directed during online check-in to a questionnaire hosted by the Spanish authorities.

“They needed to make it clear that the only exception to having Spanish residency is permission from the Government,” he said.

Now Ryanair refuse to answer or address customers and their customer services helpline doesn’t even acknowledge the problem.

“They have continued to offer good and reliable services through he pandemic which should bring them plaudits and praise. Instead they manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by reverting to type and just ignoring their customers, treating them with some disdain.

“Nobody minds if you get something wrong provided you do your best to put it right. We are allowed to make mistakes during a pandemic but when you do you have to hold your hands up.”

The dad, who booked his £109 outbound ticket for Alicante on Ryanair’s website, claims he followed the guidance for travel.

These included the completion of a Spanish Government questionnaire, a PCR test, and a QR code from the Spanish Government Ministerio de Sanidad.

He also arrived at the airport, armed with letters from notary in Spain, Santander bank and a building contractor he had business with.

However, a handling agent at the airport refused Richard, telling him the airline would be fined £500 for every passenger sent back from Spain.

Richard, who is semi-retired from the insurance business, said: “All nine of us had followed the advice and directions set out by the airline.

“I could clearly evidence the trip was for business and it was urgent I travel.

“I’m not doing this for self-promotion, I’m doing this for all of us because we can’t get a response from Ryanair.

“Just ignoring us is poor – I don’t want a refund, I just want credit for another flight.”

He added: “When I try and get in touch I just get ‘Molly the Bot’, who tells me someone will get back in 48 hours. Well, I’ve spoken to Molly the Bot every day since then and she’s not referring me to anybody.”

Richard says easyJet, with whom he’d booked a return flight, has already offered an alternative date.

Before Monday May 24, anyone travelling to Spain had to prove they had Spanish residency at the airport check-in.

Without a residency permit, airlines could not allow passengers to board.

This is now no longer a requirement as Spain has opened its borders to visitors from countries that have low infection rates, including Britain.

However, the country does remain on the UK’s amber list, so returning Britons must quarantine.

Ryanair has been approached for comment regarding Richard’s case.

Speaking abnout the guidelines previously, a spokesman said: “Ryanair fully complies with Government restrictions.

“A number of passengers on this flight from Nottingham to Malaga on Friday, 21 May were denied boarding as they failed to meet the entry requirements for Spain in line with Spanish Govt regulation.

“Any passenger scheduled to travel anywhere on the Ryanair network receives an email prior to departure, advising them to check the travel advice with the relevant authorities in advance of their flight.”

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Ryanair sees record losses in wake of Covid-19 | News

Ryanair has reported a full-year loss of €815 million for financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic took a huge toll on the airline industry.

The figure compares to a profit of €1 billion in the previous year, and is the largest annual loss ever reported by the low-cost carrier.

The Irish airline carried just 27.5 million passengers last year, down 81 per cent from the 149 million in financial 2019.

Revenue at the carrier fell by 81 per cent, to €1.64 billion, over the year.

Due to the huge reductions in traffic and aircraft delivery delays, the group also recorded an additional €200 million ineffectiveness charge on fuel and currency hedges in 2021.

While no guidance was offered on financial results for 2022, Ryanair said it was optimistic the worst was now past.

“As we look beyond the Covid-19 crisis, and the successful completion of vaccination roll outs, the Ryanair Group expects to have a much-improved cost base and a very strong balance sheet,” explained a statement.

“We will also benefit from a reduced fleet cost for the next decade as we take more deliveries of our Boeing 737 Max aircraft which will materially improve revenues with four per cent more seats while substantially reducing unit costs, especially fuel.

“This will enable the group to fund lower fares and capitalise on the many growth and market share opportunities that are now available across Europe, especially where competitor airlines have substantially cut capacity or failed.”

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Travel news live: Holidays resume with masks, PCR tests and Ryanair losses

Holidaymakers prepare to jet off as Covid travel rules ease

From today, 17 May, international leisure travel is finally legal again in England. Jetting off on a foreign holiday is now possible under a traffic light system, with countries classified as green, amber or red and prescribed restrictions to match based on the risk of arrivals importing new coronavirus infections.

Although holidays are no longer prohibited, there are still myriad hoops travellers must jump through, including pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests taken within a certain timeframe. The government is currently advising that Brits should not be visiting amber or red countries for recreational purposes.

The Independent’s travel team is engaged in a race to the sun to celebrate the easing of restrictions: our correspondent Simon Calder is winging his way to Faro, Portugal, while travel editor Cathy Adams is heading for Madeira (two of the few viable “green list” destinations). Deputy editor Helen Coffey, meanwhile, is celebrating the reopening of the UK tourism industry by decamping to a new hotel for the day.

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First flight lands in Madeira

Coming into land at Funchal, Madeira. One of Europe’s most breathtaking landings… The runway is a single strip built into the mountainside, so you fly past it before turning over the sea and bouncing down (in our case).

I touched down in Funchal at around 10.26am. The one bonus of Brexit is that I’ve just got a passport stamp for Madeira. Bog standard European one, but still – not to be sniffed at.

(Cathy Adams)

Cathy Adams17 May 2021 11:03


BA and Heathrow bosses want more countries on green list

British Airways and Heathrow airport bosses are demanding the government ease travel restrictions further by adding European countries and the US to its “green list”.

England lifted its ban on international travel on Monday but only 12 countries are deemed safe for quarantine-free travel so far.

“It’s clear to us that America should be on the green list,” said BA chief executive Sean Doyle. Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said France, Greece and Spain should also be added.

Ministers have said people should not go on holiday to those countries which are not on the green list.

Boris Johnson said on Friday: “I don’t expect that we’ll be adding to [the list] very rapidly and indeed we will be maintaining a very, very tough border regime for the foreseeable future.”

Jon Sharman17 May 2021 10:57


Portugal flights

Around 5,000 holidaymakers are expected to make the journey from the UK to the Iberian peninsula and the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo today.

The first departure of a holiday flight since January, from Manchester to Funchal in Madeira with Tui, left on scheduled at exactly 6am. Another Tui flight, from Gatwick to Porto Santo, pushed back two minutes later.

But because of the long flight time to Madeira they will not be the first aircraft to arrive in Portugal: a Ryanair flight from Manchester to Faro is due to touch down at 9.05am. It will be followed half-an-hour later by another Ryanair jet from Stansted – which is the main departure point for Portuguese departures on Monday, with seven.

Simon Calder17 May 2021 10:15


‘This isn’t kindergarten’

Masks are still very much mandatory on flights, reports one journalist…

Helen Coffey17 May 2021 10:01


Welcome to wingtips

Tui 737 “wingtips”, aka 737 Max, which was grounded for almost two years. (My first flight out of the UK in five months and first one in even longer on a Max.) Not a 787 dreamliner, even though Tui has said it will deploy the wide body aircraft to Portugal as there is so much demand.

Pilot says: “We’re so happy to have you onboard! It’s been a long journey back to operations.

“We’ve been trained throughout the period of no flying, and we were in the simulator last week to train for landing in Madeira.”

(Cathy Adams)

Cathy Adams17 May 2021 09:48


Ryanair losses

Announcing losses of €815m (£702m) for the full year to March 2021, Ryanair said: “The Covid-19 crisis precipitated the collapse of a number of EU airlines including Flybe, Norwegian, Germanwings and Level and substantial capacity cuts at many others. It sparked a tsunami of State Aid from EU Govts. to their insolvent flag carriers including Alitalia, AirFrance/KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, TAP and others, which will distort EU competition and prop up high cost, inefficient, flag carriers for many years.”

Simon Calder17 May 2021 09:37


Pre-departure testing

Here’s what I had to do to fly to Madeira this morning: take a PCR test on Friday (an at-home version, from Tui’s testing partner Chromatics). The result arrived in my inbox on Saturday morning. I then had to register for the “Madeira Safe” website, which covers the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. The negative test is uploaded straight to the website, which generates a QR code. Both the test result and the QR code have to be presented at check in.

(Cathy Adams)

Cathy Adams17 May 2021 09:18


‘Super excited’

Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said he and the airline’s staff were “super excited” about resuming normal business, albeit at a small scale.

“There should be many more European countries on the green list,” he told me at Gatwick airport.

“We would like to see the government take the same approach to international travel as they do to UK hospitality.”

Mr Lundgren said the airline’s decision to fly to amber destinations was consistent with the rules on international travel.

Simon Calder17 May 2021 09:08


Race to Portugal

On the way to Portugal. I paid £25 for a seat on Ryanair flight FR7014 from Stansted to Faro, and a further £99 for a Covid test for Portugal.

Several passengers at Stansted have been turned away because they do not have the negative PCR test result required by the Portuguese authorities.

Simon Calder jets off to Faro

(Simon Calder)

Simon Calder17 May 2021 09:01


Race to Madeira

Gatwick, almost 4am. Still very quiet, although a surprising number of people checking in early at Tui’s desk for flights to Mahon in Spain, Porto Santo and Madeira (both Portuguese islands) and some Greek islands. Excitement level is low because… It’s still dark outside!

All flights departing from north Terminal.

Tui: next stop, Madeira

(Cathy Adams)

Cathy Adams17 May 2021 08:41

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Ryanair unveils big plans for European travel this summer | News

Ryanair has issued bullish plans for the upcoming summer, arguing there will be huge demand for air travel from the UK and across Europe in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While government officials have attempted to tamp down excitement over the potential of summer trips, the low-cost carrier is banking on a big return from June onward.

Speaking this morning, Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said the carrier hope to fly around 2,300 trips a day over the peak summer season.

This is around 80 per cent of pre-Covid-19 capacity over the key months of July, August and September.

The plans include weekly flights across 480 routes, including 26 new routes to popular holiday destinations in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

“The success of the UK vaccine programme has given us great confidence, with the European Union now catching up, we can all enjoy trips this summer,” O’Leary said.

“Ryanair will focus on holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy and Greece, which have all said they will be open to British travellers this summer.

“There is huge pent-up demand for air travel, and the recovery will be driven by short-haul trips in Europe, rather than in the long-haul market,” O’Leary added.

The Ryanair chief also denied it was too early to book trips, putting him at odds with the government, which has urged travellers to wait for a report from the Global Travel Taskforce early next month.

“It is not too early to be booking holidays – while there is no demand across the Easter period, we have seen strong and sustained demand across the summer.

“There is no reason why people cannot travel to the beaches of Europe, as they did last year, with vaccination levels so high,” O’Leary added.

“Ryanair would be able to survive a second summer without flights, but I see little chance of that happening.

“The whole point of a vaccination programme is to reduce cases, hospitalisations – and we have seen that beginning to happen in the UK.

“There is no doubt in my mind that European governments are very keen to welcome British travellers – and if we have 80 per cent of the UK population vaccinated it will be very difficult to keep those people at home.”

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Ryanair refutes lastminute.com refund claims | News

Ryanair has rejected what it calls “false claims” made by lastminute.com in a dispute over customer refunds.

The online travel agent was last week threatened with legal action by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) having failed to meet a deadline to return cash to customers by the end of January.

While apologising, lastminute.com also argued Ryanair was partly to blame as the airline had told customers to contact it direct for refunds.

The company said this has created confusion, as it does not know which package holiday customers have asked or received a refund from Ryanair directly.

However, Ryanair said it has no commercial agreement with lastminute.com, and argued the company overcharges customers and provides it with “fake contact and payment details”.

The carrier said consumers should always book directly on the Ryanair website to ensure a reliable customer service and speedy refunds when travel plans are disrupted.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “We welcome the CMA ruling which exposes the unlawful actions carried out by lastminute.com, who have been blocking refunds from thousands of customers for months.

“Customers would not be waiting to be reimbursed if lastminute.com did not change customer contact and payment details at the time of booking, a practice by online travel agencies to prevent customer awareness of overcharging of up to 70 per cent versus booking direct.”

To assist customers affected, Ryanair launched a customer verification form in July, which enables customers to apply for a refund directly from the carrier.

“We have done everything we can to assist online travel agent customers who have been disrupted by these anti-consumer practices and we call on the CMA to ensure lastminute.com and other similar third-party travel websites provide correct customer contact and payment details at the time of booking.”

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