Lufthansa has already tried its hand at budget flying with the short-haul Germanwings service, which is now being merged into the new Eurowings business. (

Ryanair is set to fly more passengers than Lufthansa for the first time this year, heaping pressure on the German carrier to make a success of Eurowin(...)

Five airline chief executives, Michael O’Leary (above) of Ryanair, Willie Walsh of IAG, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France-KLM, Carolyn McCall of Easyjet and Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa, jointly launched the new group. Photograph: Bloomberg

Airline chiefs such as Michael O’Leary and Willie Walsh are putting aside their rivalries to campaign for cuts in airport and air traffic control cha(...)

Dublin Airport: busy place.  Photograph:  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

More than 1,000 senior airline executives will be in Dublin this week to attend the 18th annual global air finance conference. Speakers at the three-(...)

French gendarmes and investigators work in the scattered debris of the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat /AFP/Getty Images

Germany is planning legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing of pilots, hoping to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Germanwings crash in(...)

A group made up of the EU’s five biggest airlines, including Ryanair, called on the commission to tackle airport monopolies, high charges and taxation

The European Commission is considering new measures to tackle what it sees as unfair competition from non-EU airlines, as part of a package of proposa(...)

Another issue that rankles with Europe’s airlines is the belief that the political support that Gulf carriers receive at home gives them an unfair edge over their EU rivals

Ryanair and Europe’s other four big airlines had been expecting yesterday’s announcement of an EU aviation strategy for some time. The five carriers, (...)

Talks with the Gulf countries arising from the European Commission’s new aviation package are likely to be fraught with difficulty since some European legacy carriers, notably Lufthansa (pictured) and Air France KLM, accuse the Gulf airlines of receiving unfair state subsidies and have been pushing the Commission to address this in negotiations for air transport agreements. (Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

The European Commission is considering new measures to tackle what it sees as unfair competition from non-EU airlines as part of a package of proposa(...)

Carsten Spohr: predicting consolidation in the sector.  Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Ethiopian Airlines to operate all-female flight For the first time tomorrow, Ethiopian Airlines will operate an all-female flight. Not only will the p(...)

Michael O’Leary: I was the one who was slow to move. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary admits he was last to get on board with the company’s new policy of being nice to customers and had no idea “just how (...)

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken on Thursday which shows Storm Abigaill as it moves across Ireland and then northwards. Photograph: PA

A wind warning remains in place until 9pm on Friday night as Storm Abigail - the first officially named storm in both Ireland and the UK - moves north(...)