Ryanair denied the allegations On 5 October 2006, Ryanair launched a €1.48 billion (£1 billion;

Ryanair denied the allegations On 5 October 2006, Ryanair launched a €1.48 billion (£1 billion; $1.9 billion) bid to buy fellow Irish carrier Aer Lingus.

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Ryanair denied the allegations On 5 October 2006, Ryanair launched a €1.48 billion (£1 billion; $1.9 billion) bid to buy fellow Irish carrier Aer Lingus.

.9 billion) bid to buy fellow Irish carrier Aer Lingus.

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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.

The airline has been characterised by its rapid expansion, a result of the deregulation of the aviation industry in Europe in 1997 and the success of its low-cost business model.

Ryanair's route network serves 34 countries in Europe, Africa (Morocco), and the Middle East (Israel).

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.Ryanair has grown from a small airline flying the short journey from Waterford to London into Europe's largest carrier.Ryanair now has over 11,000 people working for the company, most of whom are employed and contracted by multiple agencies to fly on Ryanair aircraft, or, as is the case for pilots, the vast majority are either agency employed or self-employed and their services are contracted to Ryanair.Similarly net profits have increased from €48 million to €339 million over the same period.In 1986, the company added a second route – flying Dublin–Luton in direct competition with the Aer Lingus / British Airways duopoly for the first time.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.