The Irish budget carrier has posted a hefty profit in a year that saw plenty of turbulence in the airline industry.
The budget airline has shrugged off the grounding of 20,000 flights last winter — and has carried nearly 12 million more passengers. Looking ahead, the Irish carrier predicts headwinds from a doubling of oil prices.
Insolvent German airline Air Berlin hopes to secure the jobs of most of its employees as a result of ongoing negotiations and expected sales of its assets to competitors Lufthansa and easyJet.
Germany's flag carrier is expanding rapidly after taking over a large part of the fleet of insolvent rival Air Berlin. The hiring spree will boost payrolls at both Lufthansa itself and its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings.
The low-cost airline has launched its first domestic flights in Germany from its new base at Berlin's Tegel Airport. The British carrier has added 19 new routes and joins an already crowded domestic market in Germany.
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