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APD: Airline bosses from Ryanair to British Airways call on UK Govt to “Axe the Tax”
Friday, November 18th 2011, 6:44 AM EST
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
It is not often that you see the CEOs of rival airlines joining forces. But Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and IAG’s Willie Walsh have united to call on the UK government to scrap Air Passenger Duty.
The tax, which applies to every passenger flying out of a UK airport, was introduced in 1994 as a “green tax” and has continued to rise over the years.

The bosses of Ryanair, British Airways – owned by IAG, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic have launched a campaign against APD – “Axe the Tax”.

Airlines say that the UK has the highest aviation taxes in the world and that its negative impact on the UK economy is outweighing any benefit from the revenue raised.

In a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, the airlines said passenger numbers at UK airports had fallen consecutively for the last three years to a level lower than 2004.
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Met Office and the great ash cloud fiasco: Forecasters under fire as threat to half-term holiday flights is lifted by Ray Massey and David Derbyshire
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:21 AM EDT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
The Met Office was last night under fire for its ‘unreliable’ predictions about the movement of the volcanic ash cloud which had threatened to ruin the holiday plans of millions of families.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary launched an extraordinary attack on the agency for a ‘totally inaccurate’ forecast that showed a dense cloud of ash engulfing the UK just in time for tomorrow’s bank holiday and half-term getaway.

Yesterday, the Met Office revised its original forecast, downplaying the density of the ash.

But on Tuesday night the organisation had insisted it stood by its prediction that an ash cloud of the highest density would cover the whole of the UK from 35,000ft to 55,000ft.
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Ryanair flies plane through Icelandic volcano ash cloud
Tuesday, May 24th 2011, 10:47 AM EDT
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Ryanair called for restrictions on airlines to be lifted after it claimed to have flown a plane safely though the thickest part of the volcanic ash cloud.

The airline said it strongly objected to the disruption under orders from the Irish Aviation Authority which saw flights cancelled at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Ryanair said it had completed a one-hour ''verification flight'' up to 41,000ft in Scottish airspace this morning.

The aircraft took off from Glasgow Prestwick, flew to Inverness, on to Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the airline said: ''There was no visible volcanic ash cloud or any other presence of volcanic ash and the post-flight inspection revealed no evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines.

''The absence of any volcanic ash in the atmosphere supports Ryanair's stated view that there is no safety threat to aircraft in this mythical 'red zone', which is another misguided invention by the UK Met Office and the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

''Ryanair has also received written confirmation from both its airframe and engine manufacturers that it is safe to operate in these so-called 'red zones' and, in any event, Ryanair's verification flight this morning also confirms that the 'red zone' over Scotland is non-existent.''

Flights were cancelled after forecasters predicted that the volcanic plume, billowing from Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano, would hit Scotland and Northern Ireland during the morning, with much of the UK being covered by midday.
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Why from now on I'm flying Ryanair by James Delingpole
Friday, September 10th 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
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Almost the best thing about Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s denunciation of “Man-made global warming” as a load of old “$!**@&**s!” is the horror it has engendered in the Independent.

Lest any of its readers have their consciousness led in a false direction by this outspoken “Climate Change Denier”, the Indie has chosen to accompany its report of O’Leary’s outrageous claims with a series of rebuttals from some foxy chick from the British Antarctic Survey.

It has also commissioned one of its leader writers to do an opinion piece headed Why Let The Facts Get In The Way When Your Profits Are At Stake? – (yep, that’s the real problem: capitalism. If only we could all stop this damned economic growth nuisance, the planet would be sooo much better off) – majoring on the detail that O’Leary got one or two facts wrong about Galileo. And quite right too. The fact that an airline boss doesn’t know that Galileo lived in the Renaissance rather than the Middle Ages really deserves a whole chapter of its own in the next IPCC assessment report as perhaps the most incontrovertible piece of evidence yet that CAGW definitely exists.

I suspect that what the Indie and its readership would dearly love is for this to become Michael O’Leary’s Gerald Ratner moment: the statement so palpably, disgustingly outrageous that all his customers desert him in their droves.

Problem is, no one who flies Ryanair gives a stuff about their carbon footprint. What they want is cheap flights – something government eco-taxes levied in the name of “combatting climate change” render less and less attainable each year.

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Global warming? It doesn't exist, says Ryanair boss O'Leary By Martin Hickman
Friday, September 10th 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
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Outspoken airline chief says climate change is a plot by scientists seeking research cash.

Charging for toilets, weighing passengers and flying with a lone pilot: Ryanair's combative boss Michael O'Leary is renowned for backing unusual ideas, but some passengers may feel that even he has overstepped the mark with his latest comments – denying the existence of global warming.

In an interview with The Independent littered with expletives, the chief executive of Europe's largest airline branded the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is heating up the planet with potentially grave consequences for the future of humanity as "horseshit".

He agreed the climate was changing but denied it was caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, such as those from his planes. "Nobody can argue that there isn't climate change. The climate's been changing since time immemorial," he said.
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Volcanic ash: Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary in withering attack on Met Office
Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 5:38 PM EDT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Michael O'Leary, the head of airline Ryanair, has launched a vitriolic attack on Met Office forecasters after they triggered an unprecedented six-day lockdown of British airspace in April.

Mr O'Leary, the airline's chief executive, rounded on the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre for its handling of aviation's biggest crisis since the war.

The low-cost airline's outspoken boss, whose initial response to the Met Office's handling of the volcanic eruption had been restrained, described the creation of a no-fly zone as "entirely unnecessary."

During the six day shutdown thousands of flights were grounded and the travel plans of millions of passengers were thrown into disarray.

In April Mr O'Leary was careful not to join others in the industry who had poured scorn on the charts produced by the Met Office which led to the closure of British airspace.

But with his airline facing a £50 million bill as a result of the lockdown - mainly in paying the hotel and food bills of those stranded by the wave of flight cancellations - Mr O'Leary was withering in his condemnation.
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