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Ryanair to launch four UK, Ireland routes; new customer care improvements
Ryanair will launch two new routes from Ireland and two from the UK as part of its winter schedule, starting in October.
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France, Netherlands vow to improve cooperation on Air France-KLM 
French and Dutch politicians have agreed to strengthen their cooperation on the future strategy of Air France-KLM, with the aim of announcing a series of joint recommendations before the end of June.
Irish Court backs Ryanair on passenger compensation rule 
A Dublin court has ruled in Ryanair's favor over its refusal to pay compensation to Irish passengers whose flights were delayed or canceled as a result of internal strike action by the airline's staff.
IAG removed from MSCI indices after placing limits on non-EU shareholding
International Airlines Group (IAG) will be removed from all global index provider MSCI’s indices that include Spain, as a result of its decision to place a limit on the number of shares that can be held by non-European Union (EU) citizens.
Seeking more influence, Dutch state takes stake in Air France-KLM 
The Dutch government has taken a 12.68% stake in the Air France-KLM Group and announced its intention to match the French state’s interest in the group—a move that raised questions about whether greater public ownership will help or hinder plans for closer integration of the two national carriers.
IAG, other carriers reach agreement on Heathrow Airport charges 
International Airlines Group (IAG) and other carriers negotiated their own agreement with London Heathrow on how excess airport charges in 2020 and 2021 should be repaid, after British Airways’ parent company said it “couldn’t stomach” the proposal put forward by UK regulators.
EU calls on ICAO to agree to long-term aviation climate plan
The European Union (EU) has called on ICAO to agree at its assembly in September to a “long-term goal” to address the aviation industry’s increasing carbon-dioxide emissions.
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Air France-KLM’s 2018 profit more than doubles despite difficult year 
The Air France-KLM Group reported a 2018 net profit of €409 million ($468 million), more than doubled from €163 million for 2017, on a 2.5% year-over-year (YOY) increase in revenue to €26.5 billion.
UK tightens drone restrictions near airports 
Anyone caught flying a drone within 5km (3.1 mi.) of an airport runway will face arrest and criminal charges under new UK government legislation, which comes into force in March.
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Flybe turns down counter takeover bid from Mesa Air Group
UK regional Flybe has rejected a rival takeover bid from investors led by Mesa Air Group, which seeks to halt the sale of the airline to Virgin Atlantic- and Stobart Group-led consortium Connect Airways.
Air France-KLM appoints Elbers, Rigail new deputy CEOs 
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CEO Pieter Elbers will stay at the helm of the Dutch carrier and assume the additional role of Air France-KLM deputy CEO alongside the French unit’s CEO Anne Rigail.
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Air France pilots approve pay deal, ending 12-month impasse 
Air France pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new pay deal with the French flag carrier, ending a year-long deadlock that resulted in a series of strikes in 2018.
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Ryanair’s Belgian pilot union endorses new labor agreement
Ryanair’s Belgian pilots have endorsed a four-year collective labor agreement (CLA) covering remuneration and rostering, following the Irish LCC’s October decision to apply local labor law to cockpit and cabin crew based in Belgium.
Collapsed flybmi announces staff redundancies, appoints administrator 
Most of the 376 employees at flybmi—the UK regional carrier that abruptly suspended operations and filed for bankruptcy protection over the weekend—have been made redundant, and stranded passengers are being offered “rescue fares” by other airlines to help them return home.
Air France trials biometric boarding enhancements 
Air France expects enhancements to the biometric boarding pass solution it is trialing to soon enable passengers to proceed from baggage drop-off to boarding without having to show passports or identification cards at all.
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