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Old 18.03.2009, 21:44
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Ok I know I am going to get an ear full for this post but it has to be said. I have to say if there was no Ryan air I would not be able to afford going back to see my family half as much as I am able to now due to them being so expensive elsewhere like Aerlingus. I have flown with Ryan air about 4 times and over all I wasn't that shocked at their service. They were polite and friendly to me and my daughter and always had a smile walking by for her too which I have to say I really liked as most people without kids tend to be horrified to see a child get on a plane! My daughter on one of the flights was a nightmare and if I could have got off the plane I would have and yet the stewardess' who were looking after us didn't huff or puff once. I think people get so wrapped up with the fact that its Ryan air and forget that every time they get on a Ryan air plane you are dealing with individual staff who get this frosty reception off the passengers (by the sounds of things) just for working there and yet the people who complain about them are getting on their flight. I think we should just give the poor people a break (when it is due of course) and just enjoy the fact that you are on a nice cheap flight that hasn't cost you the earth and gets you from A to B.

I think the whole charging you to use the toilet is something that will happen no matter how annoyed people get over it and so enjoy the fact that every time you don't need to use the toilet on a Ryan air flight you have saved money on your ticket because of it. It is only a 1 at the end of the day and I know if I lost a 1 it wouldn't be the end of the world.

I am all for measures to bring down the price of flights. I will never be able to pay for Business or First class on a plane and so expect to not get all the bells and whistles with the tickets I buy. If it means it being a bit cheaper in the future and I might have to spend a 1 every few flights then so be it.

Let the abuse begin......
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Old 18.03.2009, 23:05
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

The charging for the toilet was a PR stunt, O'Leary admitted the following day. Ryanair are the only carrier flying Basel - Dublin direct, which I really appreciate ...or should I say they were.
http://www.rte.ie/business/2009/0316/ryanair.html
I've never had any real problems with them, the planes are certainly nicer/newer than the one I recently took with Swiss to London.

The thing you need to keep in mind is that you get what you pay for, and which 99% of the time, was less than what Aerlingus were charging. Alas all good things have to come to an end...

Now I'll have the joy of travelling to Zurich, and then on top, paying Aerlingus prices. I can't see I'll get home as much from now on.
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Old 18.03.2009, 23:08
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Ryanair are the only carrier flying Basel - Dublin direct, which I really appreciate ...or should I say they were.
http://www.rte.ie/business/2009/0316/ryanair.html

That is really bad news - that was the route I took as well that cost next to nothing compared to anyone else!!!
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Ok I know I am going to get an ear full for this post but it has to be said. I have to say if there was no Ryan air I would not be able to afford going back to see my family half as much as I am able to now due to them being so expensive elsewhere like Aerlingus. I have flown with Ryan air about 4 times and over all I wasn't that shocked at their service. They were polite and friendly to me and my daughter and always had a smile walking by for her too which I have to say I really liked as most people without kids tend to be horrified to see a child get on a plane! My daughter on one of the flights was a nightmare and if I could have got off the plane I would have and yet the stewardess' who were looking after us didn't huff or puff once. I think people get so wrapped up with the fact that its Ryan air and forget that every time they get on a Ryan air plane you are dealing with individual staff who get this frosty reception off the passengers (by the sounds of things) just for working there and yet the people who complain about them are getting on their flight. I think we should just give the poor people a break (when it is due of course) and just enjoy the fact that you are on a nice cheap flight that hasn't cost you the earth and gets you from A to B.

I think the whole charging you to use the toilet is something that will happen no matter how annoyed people get over it and so enjoy the fact that every time you don't need to use the toilet on a Ryan air flight you have saved money on your ticket because of it. It is only a 1 at the end of the day and I know if I lost a 1 it wouldn't be the end of the world.

I am all for measures to bring down the price of flights. I will never be able to pay for Business or First class on a plane and so expect to not get all the bells and whistles with the tickets I buy. If it means it being a bit cheaper in the future and I might have to spend a 1 every few flights then so be it.

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No abuse from me, if you wan't to give that tw@t money then it's totally up to you. I know I won't and will always prefer to fly easyjet as a cheap carrier and Swiss when I can!
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Old 19.03.2009, 00:10
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No abuse from me, if you wan't to give that tw@t money then it's totally up to you. I know I won't and will always prefer to fly easyjet as a cheap carrier and Swiss when I can!
Easyjet don't fly to Dublin or else they would be an option so someone's got to get paid my fare!
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Easyjet don't fly to Dublin or else they would be an option so someone's got to get paid my fare!
fair enough!
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http://timesbusiness.typepad.com/mon...y-ryanair.html

20 reasons not to fly with Ryanair
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Old 15.05.2009, 20:30
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My apologies, I know I've already posted this at Booking in Easy Jet

but it just seemed too relevant not to repost...

Did you hear that Ryan Air have decided to change their standard pre-flight safety briefing? It now goes "In the event of a sudden loss of cabin air pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. In order to activate the flow of oxygen, simply pull the mask towards you, deposit a one pound coin in the slot and breathe normally. Please pay for your own mask before paying for others"...
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Hi all,

I flew Ryanair once and hated it, makes EJ look like SwissAir, which is looking much less like BA these days and more like EJ...

A friend and I booked a flight to Sardinia for lack of any reasonable alternative. but after reading ANON's (flight crew) older post, I don't think I will EVER book another flight with them again. It shows exactly what globalisation and capitalism-run-rampant has done to ruin some peoples' quality of life, outside of any consideration of "customer satisfaction" and we just buy it up... I'll get off my soapbox...

but the baggage limits are clear, so I know to come prepared and I've live in CH long enough to have lost my tendency to bend rules like I used to anyway! this time I'll travel light.. but I won't go again with with these guys.
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Thanks for the link Swissinfo

Ryanair to make passengers stand

Ryanair is considering proposals to make some of its customers stand during flights.

By Ben Leach
Published: 7:00AM BST 06 Jul 2009


Michael O'Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, plans to make some passengers stand

The low-cost airline would charge passengers less on "bar stools" with seat belts around their waists.
Michael O'Leary, the chief executive, has already held talks with US plane manufacturer Boeing about designing an aircraft with standing room.
He is now seeking approval from the Irish Aviation Authority before ordering a new fleet of carriers, according to The Sun.

A Ryanair spokesman told the newspaper: "If they approve it, we'll be doing it."
Mr O'Leary is reported to have got the idea from the Chinese airline Spring, which has put forward similar plans. It estimates space could be made for up to 50 per cent more passengers and costs could be cut by 20 per cent.
It is not the first time Ryanair has come up with a controversial proposal for cutting costs. Earlier this year Mr O'Leary suggested passengers could be charged 1 to use the on-board lavatories.
In an interview on BBC television he said that the low-cost airline was looking at the possibility of installing a coin slot on the lavatory door so that "people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny."
Mr O'Leary also considered introducing a "fat tax" for overweight passengers.

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RYANAIR MAY BE IRISH, SAY EXPERTS
LOW-COST airline Ryanair may be an Irish company, it was claimed last night.


Possibly Irish

Aviation experts said that expecting passengers to stand for an entire journey on board a plane travelling at 400mph and vulnerable to turbulence and sudden, sharp descents did have a 'flavour of the Emerald Isle about it'.

Tom Logan, from Brunel University, said: "As far as we're aware most of their flights are vaguely on time and the whole thing is reasonably Pi*s-free and efficient, so we knew they weren't English.

"And of course there are no planes in Wales because of their fear of dragons, so we were able to rule that out.

"Then we noticed they were always in the newspapers for horrible, mean-spirited ideas designed to accumulate as much money as possible with no regard for anyone else, so we just assumed they were Scottish.

"But now with the 'standing up on a plane' idea it seems they may actually be from Ireland."

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said if there was no standing room left then passengers could be strapped to the roof or hang from the engines on a rope.

He added: "Thousands of people stand on tube trains every day. I completely fail to see to the difference.

"Sure, the tube tends to stay below 30,000 feet and seldom goes over 400mph, but I think there's a big market for people who think a long weekend in Gdansk is worth dying for."

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said: "He's like a cross between Willy Wonka and a leprechaun that was abused as a child. It's endearing and terrifying in equal measure."

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I'm definitely moving towards Aer Fungus - by the time you've added up all the extra charges, the price difference ain't too bad and it's a hell of a lot better on the green line...
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Just a friendly warning about a new-ish Ryanair "policy" (translation: scam) to all of you other non-EU citizens out there.

They now require non-EU citizens to get a visa check stamp at the check-in desk BEFORE you go through security. If you happen to miss the text on the boarding card that says this (there are no signs at the airport security, gate,etc OR announcements at the gate) and don't get the stamp they will refuse to let you board. They will then try to bleed you for in the region of 200 GBP to take their next flight.

This happened a friend and myself a couple weeks ago in the UK, and I have heard stories of 20+ people being refused travel on some flights.
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You can all slate Ryanair to your hearts content.
If it wasn't for Easyjet and Ryanair, we would not have the lower air fares we have in Europe.

A lot of us make flights to see our family and they to visit us that we could never have envisaged only 10 years ago.

If you are organised with regard to not carrying to much luggage; checking the internet for bargain offer (airport free tax etc etc) it is amazing how low the flights can be.

Some of you are high earners and couldn't give a hoot about the cost but just want everything to be as convienient and quicjk as possible. There are a lot of poorer people (ME) that are struggeling to survive and this is our only way of being able to conduct our business which we could not have even considered as viable before.

For example; have booked 17 flights since the beginning of 2009 to March 2010 for MILAN - Bergamo to LONDON - Luton and am averaging GB2.40 Return.

To give you an idea of rip-off, I went to visit a friend at Watford Hospital last week, car park for 5.00 for 3 hours in an NHS hospital and the return 20 miles train journey Watford - London is GB16 and that is subsidised by the government.

Believe it or not the definition of Business is that of "buying and selling to make a profit" and Ryanair and Easy Jet are businesses.

Stop Moaning, nobody forces you to take these flights!

Oh I feel a lot better now I have got that off my shoulders
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You can all slate Ryanair to your hearts content.
If it wasn't for Easyjet and Ryanair, we would not have the lower air fares we have in Europe.
Nobody is slating low cost airlines, what we are slating is the scamathon that is Ryanair. From the moment you select your dates to the time you board the aircraft, there are over a dozen stealth charges which catch out all but the most frequent and savvy flyers. This is an airline that positively revels in bad publicity, whether its charging disabled passengers a wheelchair surcharge or sticking two fingers up at the European commission.. there is no shaming O'Leary and his outfit. Other airlines e.g. Air Berlin, Easyjet etc.. manage to sell no frill flights without pi**ing off everyone, why can't Ryanair?
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For example; have booked 17 flights since the beginning of 2009 to March 2010 for MILAN - Bergamo to LONDON - Luton and am averaging GB2.40 Return....
Goodness! am i jealous!! Its cheaper going to London than to Zurich by train!!!
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Nobody is slating low cost airlines, what we are slating is the scamathon that is Ryanair. From the moment you select your dates to the time you board the aircraft, there are over a dozen stealth charges which catch out all but the most frequent and savvy flyers.
It is like most things in life now, you often don't know what you are getting; Insurance Policies, Financial Services and Investments etc.
You have to be "savvy" in life now.


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This is an airline that positively revels in bad publicity, whether its charging disabled passengers a wheelchair surcharge or sticking two fingers up at the European commission.. there is no shaming O'Leary and his outfit. .
O'Leary definately gets the publicity, and one does have to admire the way he handles it.

The disabled passenger tariff on all pasengers was because O'Leary lost the court case and got p*ssed off and I would say justifiably.
I know that people are unfortuantely disabled etc; however, disabled people have to accept that they have disabilities and cannot do what normaly fit people can and yes they are often a burden to normaly fit people. In fact, I think disabled people have a lot of privaliges and care now (certainly in the UK) compared to 10 years ago.
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Other airlines e.g. Air Berlin, Easyjet etc.. manage to sell no frill flights without pi**ing off everyone, why can't Ryanair?
Easy Jet are more expensive than Ryanair. I know this because I am always checking on deals from Easyjet as well for flights from Gatwick and Luton and Milan-Linate, Milan Malpensa, Milan-Bergamo; they are always more expensive. The difference is little if booking within a couple of weeks of flight date.

The Savvy Flyer....
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Ryanair encourage online check-in, David Dimbleby a bit miffed.
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Ryanair encourage online check-in, David Dimbleby a bit miffed.
Sorry - Off the Sujbect; there is something about David Dimbleby that I just don't like.
I listen to Question Time on Radio 4 and I find him arrogant and he feels self-important, creepy to colleagues and people he feels more important than himself (not many) and is a me - me - me, yet he only got his job at the BBC because of daddy.
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