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Ryanair reports 66% rise in profits

Ryanair has reported a significant rise in profits.

Ryanair has reported a huge rise in profits. Credit: PA Wire

The Irish airline said net profit for the year to the end of March had surged by 66% to €867 million (£614 million).

Passenger numbers increased by 11% - almost three times the targeted level - to 90.6 million customers.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the firm had attracted millions of new customers through the success of its “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme.

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UK flights cancelled by Italian air traffic control strike

UK air passengers are facing major disruption due to a strike by Italian air traffic controllers, with scores of flights cancelled.

Ryanair and Easyjet planes will be grounded by the strike. Credit: PA

The four-hour stoppage tomorrow has led to Ryanair axing 96 flights to and from Italy, including four return services involving flights to and from the UK.

EasyJet has had to cancel up to 60 flights and other UK carriers are also likely to be affected by the action, which lasts from 11.30am to 3.30pm UK time.

The Ryanair cancellations include Manchester-Bologna, Stansted-Ancona, Stansted-Trieste and Liverpool-Pisa.

Ryanair warned that further delays and cancellations are likely and advised passengers to check the status of their flight.

Ryanair to launch 'business class' flights

No-frills airline Ryanair is to introduce a ,business class'. Credit: PA

It may be famous for its "no-frills" approach, but low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is set to launch business class flights.

While the 69.99 euro (£56) Business Plus package does not provide roomier seating, it does offer more discerning fliers a range of benefits, including:

  • Flexibility on ticket changes
  • 20kg (44lbs) of checked-in bag allowance
  • Fast-track airport security at selected airports
  • Priority boarding and 'premium' seats

Fliers must select Business Plus services during the booking process or face additional charges for any services added after payment has been made.

Ryanair boss backs Scottish independence 'if taxes cut'

The head of airline Ryanair has supported plans for reduced Air Passenger Duty, a currency union and Scotland's continued membership of the European Union.

Michael O'Leary's comments come after Standard Life announced it had drawn up contingency plans around Scottish independence.

Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Mr O' Leary said: "There's no doubt that most airlines would support the position of the Scottish Government in relation to the abolition of the [air passenger duty], which does untold damage to Scottish tourism."

Mr O’Leary also said Scotland should retain the use of the pound and that Scotland would keep our membership of the European Union.

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