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Ryanair's racist event comes in the middle of a winning bout – Quartz

Ryanair has had a rough day. This morning, the low cost carrier reported a 7% drop in the first half,…

Ryanair has had a rough day. This morning, the low cost carrier reported a 7% drop in the first half, while the blame for rising fuel prices, excess capacity and a strike of strike were blamed. It was the weakest start of the airline’s fiscal year since 2015.

The airline has been subjected to strikes in recent months, especially during the crucial summer trip period, including the European Air Traffic Control Agency and its own crew. In December, the airline decided to recognize the unions and said that it hopes that the agreements will be met with all of our remaining major unions at the end of the year. Before it does, it can not be ruled out more industrial measures of the kind that saw 250 flights canceled at the end of September, affecting 40,000 passengers.

And now it’s not just its crew that’s rebellious. Challenges to a boycott of Europe’s largest budget carrier are circulating in social media thanks to the airline’s abuse of a racist passenger on a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday (1

9 October). A white man filmed throws racist abuse on an older black woman sitting next to him. Rather than planning the passenger or asking him to move, the woman apparently got another place. The cabin crew seemed to place the man, instead of pointing out what he was doing, was unacceptable.

The airline tweeted a statement yesterday and said they had reported the incident to the Essex police but have not responded anymore.

With that said, Ryanair’s share price is up today, as analysts expected them to be even worse. And the airline reported passenger growth by 6% during the half-year to September, a pace that it expects to continue during the rest of the fiscal year. CEO Michael O & # 39; Leary is not necessarily optimistic for coming months, but he believes competitors are in even worse form.

Budget airlines are expected to continue to reduce prices over the coming quarters, test if they eradicate. It’s about canceled flights or flagrant racism aboard – will have a meaningful impact on the company’s direction of travel. If consumer behavior research is an indication, a cheap ticket can cover many sins. Nevertheless, it has made it possible for Ryanair to become one of the world’s largest airlines, while few people claim to love it.

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