The nightmare that is Ryanair

“It’s interesting reading US weblogs when they wax enthusiastic about
Ryanair, typically on the foot of this BusinessWeek article.

Here’s the thing — flying Ryanair is a deeply unpleasant experience.
I’ve heard rumour that their staff are paid commission based on how
many discretionary charges they can pile onto the basic fare — leaving
you feeling nickled and dimed at every turn — and that certainly
matches with my experience. I mean, I’ve had better service in train
stations in Uttar Pradesh.”

Link: http://taint.org/2006/11/22/152448a.html

“Wal-Mart With Wings”

“Ryanair Holdings CEO Michael O’Leary makes no apologies for his penny-pinching. Want to check luggage? You’ll pay up to $9.50 per bag for the privilege. Free drinks and snacks? Forget about it. Even a bottle of water will set you back $3.40. It’s not just passengers who have to cough it up. Flight crew buy their own uniforms, and staff at Ryanair’s spartan Dublin Airport headquarters must supply their own pens. After a customer sued Ryanair for charging $34 for the use of a wheelchair, the company added a 63 cents “wheelchair levy” to every ticket. Says O’Leary: “You want luxury? Go somewhere else.”.”

Link: http://www.businessweek.com

Northern Ireland is tipped as top travel spot

“Belfast is listed as a ‘city on the rise’ and Northern Ireland has
been tipped by a top travel guide as one of the “must-see” countries
to visit in 2007. The Lonely Planet Bluelist featured NI in the “Go
List” section of its guide – a chapter dedicated to detailing the hot
destinations for the coming year.”

Link:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6147838.stm

Remembrance Day – Poppy Day

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

Fourth stanza of ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943)

Ryanair postpones flights from Europe to Morocco

“Ryanair, Europe’s largest no-frills carrier, says it has been obliged to postpone the introduction of new flights between European and Moroccan destinations because of EU regulation delays.

It said that flights from Marseille and Frankfurt to Fes, Marrakesh and Oujda would not now start until December 1, though services from Luton, near London, to Fes and Marrakesh, would begin as planned next month.”

Link: http://au.news.yahoo.com