is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1984, headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports.
In 2016, Ryanair was the largest European airline by scheduled passengers flown, and carried more international passengers than any other airline.
A loss of €3.3 million in the second quarter of 2004 was the airline's first recorded loss for 15 years but the airline became profitable soon after.
The enlargement of the European Union on opened the way to more new routes for Ryanair.
Or, as is the case for pilots, the vast majority are either agency employed or self-employed, and their services are contracted to Ryanair.The new airline would carry over 50 million passengers a year.In August 2006, the company started charging passengers to check in at the airport, therefore reversing its policy of paying for online check-in.On 13 February 2006, Britain's Channel 4 broadcast a documentary as part of its Dispatches series, "Ryanair caught napping".The documentary criticised Ryanair's training policies, security procedures and aircraft hygiene, and highlighted poor staff morale.Under partial EU deregulation, airlines could begin new international intra-EU services, as long as one of the two governments gave approval (the so-called "double-disapproval" regime).