As their logo states, “The Low Fares Airline”, Ryanair is definitely trying to maintain its reputation as one of Europe’s largest low-cost airlines, along with competing with other low cost rival airlines. This Irish airline was founded in 1985 and is known for its rapid growth and profits. Its headquarters are at the Dublin Airport in Swords, County Dublin, Ireland. In addition to their bold advertising, Ryanair has faced much controversy over its optional fees and charges such as extra fees for checked in luggage, priority boarding and even food. In 2009 Ryanair closed all of its check-in desks with check-in available only online. And once you arrive at the airport you’ll have to drop your baggage at the Ryanair Bag Drop desk or you will be charged an additional fee for check-in at the airport. The airline has no interest in joining any airline alliances groups or entering into any code share agreements with other airlines for now, so it only offers point to point destinations without any connecting flights. Although they serve a number of major airports, Ryanair prefers to fly to smaller secondary airports as they charge lower landing and handling fees which helps keep their costs down so that they are able to continue to offer the low fares they offer to their customers. Their passenger fleet size is over 300 aircraft, all of which are the Boeing 737-800 planes.
Ryan air primarily services Britain in addition over 180 destinations to 29 countries throughout continental Europe. They currently operate over 1,600 routes to and from over 100 major and secondary airports.
Ryanair features holiday destinations based on your personal preference. On their website you can choose many different destinations by choosing from an inspiration board and the type of vacation you are looking for such as beaches, romantic getaways, family fun, festive, city holidays, spa, golfing, skiing, shopping or adventure. Some holiday destinations include Spain, Poland, Austria, Morocco, Germany, the UK and much more.
On Board Ryanair
Ryanair only offers one type of seating option in a 3-3 configuration. The seats are a standard width that includes a 30 inch pitch. The ability to choose your seat ahead of time is now an option during the booking process and for an additional fee, or you choose your seat when your board the plane. Of course another option is you can pay extra for priority boarding to have the ability to get the best seat. Ryanair does not provide any entertainment services on its flights other than what you bring along with you. All hot and cold beverages, wines, beers, sandwiches and snacks are available for purchase on board.
Ryanair Business Class
Ryanair currently does not offer any Business Class services or seating on their aircraft due to the size of their aircraft.
In order to keep costs down and their airfare at the low prices they offer, Ryanair does not service or operate any airport lounges. In trying to maintain the low cost fares, Ryanair also does not offer a frequent flyer program for now.
Booking Your Flights with Ryanair
Ryanair flights can be booked on their website and most importantly, all passengers are expected to check in online a minimum of four hours before departure. Make sure you print your boarding pass as you will need it to board or you will be charged extra if they have to re issue you one. In addition, if you didn’t check in online you will also be charged an additional fee for checking in at the airport.
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