A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus 320 leaves the plane  before surrendering to security forces after a seven-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, Cyprus. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A hijacker claiming he was wearing a suicide belt on Tuesday diverted an EgyptAir passenger jet to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus where, aft(...)

Pictured in Tel Aviv, as Ryanair launched its first Israeli flights, are the airline’s chief commercial officer David O’Brien and Israeli minister of tourism Yariv Levin

Ryanair has announced plans to start flying to and from Israel to a number of destinations in Central Europe. The airline is to introduce three new ro(...)

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer: airline operator’s certificate would open up  new markets in the region such as Israel, Turkey and possibly parts of the Middle East.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ryanair plans to continue with its plans to expand in Cyprus even though the national airline for which it was bidding has been grounded. The Irish a(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary during a Bloomberg Television interview in London yesterday. Ryanair  has upgraded its full-year profit goal for the second time this year. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ryanair is one step closer to taking over Cyprus Airways after getting through to the second round of bidding for the ailing flag carrier at the week(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: says routes to east could run at loss for up to three years. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Still in aviation, despite Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the ensuing tensions with the EU and US, Ryanair is still keen on flying from the Republ(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: could he be looking to take on the big beasts of the Gulf . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair could find itself the owner of a small national airline that is not Aer Lingus. It is Cyprus Airways, a struggling carrier that has been leaki(...)

Cyprus Airways  is 93% state-owned but the government, which is still struggling from the collapse of the country’s banking system in 2012, is seeking to offload it. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

Ryanair is likely to offer just a “nominal sum” for loss-making Cyprus Airways, which it is eyeing as a potential foothold in the eastern Mediterrane(...)

Ryanair will submit a non-binding offer for Cyprus Airways on Friday as the carrier seeks to extend its footprint eastward to an island increasingly popular with Russian and Israeli visitors. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ryanair will submit a non-binding offer for Cyprus Airways on Friday as Europe’s No. 1 discount carrier seeks to extend its footprint eastward to an i(...)