Ryanair calls on easyJet’s Stelios to admit that punctuality is no longer Easyjet’s top priority

Tuesday 16, March 2010


Ryanair calls on easyJet’s Stelios to admit that punctuality is no longer Easyjet’s top priority


Ryanair, Britain’s favourite airline, today (15th Mar) called on Stelios – the founder and “face” of easyJet – to openly admit that punctuality is no longer easyJet’s “top priority” after easyJet announced the so called completion of its new website, which continues to censor and hide its lousy punctuality figures – in fact it has removed any link to its old punctuality page (attached) altogether, which can now only be seen if the obsolete URL is used.



Ryanair released a screenshot from easyJet’s website which claims that punctuality is a “top priority” for easyJet and further claims that easyJet publishes its punctuality statistics on a weekly basis. However the reality is different, since easyJet has failed to publish its punctuality for over 44 weeks since the 26th April 2009. Ryanair believes that easyJet is hiding its lousy punctuality figures because they can’t compete with Ryanair’s punctuality, in the same way that easyJet can’t compete with Ryanair’s prices.


Ryanair renewed its invitation to easyJet’s Stelios to take up Ryanair’s challenge of a “Sumo Smackdown” in Trafalgar Square to settle this dispute over easyJet’s late (or should that be cancelled?) punctuality statistics, and easyJet’s high fares as well. Stelios has so far failed to take up Ryanair’s challenge of a race around Trafalgar Square, or a wheelbarrow race, or even a sumo wrestling bout where Stelios’ obvious talents would give him a significant advantage over Ryanair’s puny Michael O’Leary. However it appears that Stelios, like his airline, can’t compete with Ryanair, so he has got his lawyers to waste time and money trying to sue Ryanair for libel. As usual Stelios can dish it out, but he can’t take it.


Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:


“Stelios obviously can’t run, but he can’t hide either. Like all spoilt children, he laps up the attention of being Mr easyJet, but he can’t take the criticism, even when in this case it’s valid. EasyJet’s website claims that punctuality is a top priority, and claims that they publish their punctuality figures weekly, yet easyJet has failed to publish them for 44 weeks in a row since 26th April 2009 last. When challenged on this shocking failure, Stelios bleats on about libel, instead of doing the simple thing and calling on easyJet to resume publishing their lousy punctuality statistics. Since Stelios controls the Easy brand and effectively controls easyJet, it’s clear that this glaring difference between what the easyJet website promises and what easyJet actually does is sanctioned and supported by Stelios, the public face of easyjet.


“It’s time for Stelios to admit that neither he nor his airline can compete with Ryanair on prices, on punctuality or in a sumo wrestling bout in Trafalgar Square either. I believe that “gutless” Stelios should take up my challenge, and settle this dispute with either a race or Sumo bout. If he is really worried about it, I will give him a head start or a big weight advantage, but I suspect like his airline, he knows he can’t compete with Ryanair on price, on punctuality or at Sumo either.”




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