Friday, 27 February 2009

Ryanair - Love Hate Relationship

If you are a frequent flyer, you would noticed that the best way to fly is to get the cheapest flight ticket to your destination. Airlines like Flybmi, Easyjet and Ryanair would be one of the few so called 'low-cost' airlines to use. How are they going to generate more revenue out of their passengers then?


All low cost or budget airlines will require you pay for the food and drinks onboard their aircraft. Most of the time, their beverages are not as good as you would expect. One good example will be coffee. They would pour an instant made coffee powder into the cup and pour hot water over it. That is just not right for a cup of coffee, right?


Besides that, I am really concerned with Ryanair. They are the forefront of budget airlines and the owner is an Irish. I don't have anything against him as his ideas are perfect. However, having said that, I don't quite agree to what he has done until now. His Rayanair airlines does not accept check-in at the airport anymore. You need to check-in online. The second thing is that passengers might need to pay for going to the loo - WHAT??? O'Leary is saying that he is assured that passengers will have at least a pound to spare, right? One pound is not the issue but a pound to go to the loo onboard the aircraft? So what if you need to go to the loo and don't have a pound with you then? Can you see the inconvenience?


I think his latest idea of charging passengers for using the loo might contradict Articles within the European Convention on Human Rights. It is a disgrace! You see...O'Leary might argue that people who are living in London for example, would have to pay for going to the loo. Hey! They only charge 30p and you are charging one pound!!! The best thing to do is to go to the toilet just before you board the plane and forget about going to the loo during the short haul flight. However, it is difficult to do so when you have children. It is very difficult to ask your children to go to the loo just before flight as they might need to go to the loo anytime of the day, right? Maybe an argument under Article 2 ECHR, perhaps?

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