Keep in mind that this is Ryanair, the absolute lowest of the low when it comes to air travel. I haven’t flown with them, but I’ve heard the comfort level is somewhere between a Somali pirate ship and the freighter passage between Ceylon and Siam. Even the most basic of human amenities are charged for, including but not limited to washroom use, consumption of water and oxygen, and general civility from the stewardesses. So the fact that they have implemented the idea of charging for obesity does not necessarily make it a good one. [/quote]
This is bullshit.
Ryanair do NOT charge for washroom use.
Every European airline charges for bottled water.
Oxygen is not charged for (WTF are you getting your info from??)
The cabin crew are no nicer or less nice than any European crew.
The important point to remember is that on average, most (probably nearly all) Ryanair flights are between 45mins and 3hours in length. It’s not like you’re flying across the continental United States. For trips of that length, comfort doesn’t really matter. Especially when you’re getting your flights for pretty much half what the other major carriers are charging,if not less.
Ryanair’s probably the most successful airline in Europe right now. Lowest break-even load factor, consistently beating most others when it comes to bums in seats and one of the few airlines now to see a decline in share price over the last 18 months.
Call a spade a spade, they’re low-frills. You pay the absolute minimum for your seat, and any other charges you incur are up to you to decide upon.
A quick example, flights from Dublin to Paris w/ Ryanair = approx ?80 for 2, return. Flights with Aer Lingus (“national” carrier) = ?180+ for 2, return.
Ryanair fly you into Beauvais, a hub airport about an hours coach ride from Paris CC, ?26 rtn for 2. Aer Lingus fly to Charles De Gaulle, which is still about 45 mins from the centre of the city when you consider the size and transfers you have to make. It’s a lot more troublesome flying into CDG tbh.
Ryanair are cheap, but that’s their USP. Don’t rag on something you don’t know about like!
EDIT: And all of this has come out of a poll they set up on their website asking THE PASSENGERS what discretional charge they would like to see implemented next. That is to say, the public wanted it.
Any by the by… they’re not even going to do it rolls eyes http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/news.php?yr=09&month=may&story=gen-en-080509
This, like pretty much everything else they do was a publicity stunt. The guys in marketing their are sheer genius.