Founded in 1985 with a single aircraft, family business Ryanair has grown to become Europe’s foremost ‘ultra low cost’ carrier; providing budget flights to some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Ryanair have changed the face of world travel, making flying abroad accessible to the masses. While the service offered is ‘no-frills’, Ryanair’s ethos is to get you from A to B as inexpensively and reliably as possible. If you don’t mind missing a few in-flight luxuries, you’ll find yourself in a top European destination with spending money to spare.
The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Please note that airport check in is no longer available for any Ryanair flight. The only way to check-in is online, via the ‘Manage My Booking’ function on the Ryanair website, from 7 days, and up to 2 hours before departure. Passengers intending to be abroad for longer than 7 days will need to ensure they are able to print their boarding pass from their destination. Failure to produce a boarding pass on arrival at the airport will incur a 70 Euro charge. Also note, once checked in, no further changes may be made to flights or seating. Arrival at the boarding gate should be no later than 30 minutes before departure as late passengers may not be permitted to board. If checking in luggage, ensure additional time is allocated in order to take it to the ‘bag drop’ which closes 40 minutes before take-off.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Every passenger is now entitled to take two pieces of cabin luggage; one small and one carry-on size. The carry-on size must weigh no more than 10kg and measure a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. The small bag must be no larger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm. Due to cabin space restrictions only 90 large cabin bags can be carried on the aircraft; the rest will be carried free of charge in the hold. Be warned, if a bag is classed as ‘oversized’ if will be placed in the hold at a cost of £50 to the passenger. Hold baggage entitlement for each passenger is a maximum of two pieces. There are options on the website to purchase either 15kg or 20kg of checked baggage. This can be done at the point of booking in the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the Ryanair website. Fees for baggage vary dependent on whether booked online or at the airport and on the season. Prices are each way and ranges from 15kg at 15 Euro booked online, to 30 Euro paying at the airport. 20kg items starts at 25 Euro each way. Sports or musical equipment has to be pre-paid online and carries a charge of 58 Euro.
Customers flying Ryanair can choose allocated seating for a small fee. This can be done at the time of booking, up to 2 hours before departure. ‘Premium’ seats, situated in the first three rows allow for a speedy exit while the middle two rows offer extra leg room, both at a cost of 10 euro each way. All other ‘regular’ seats can be reserved at a cost of 5 euro. Regular seats can be supplement with ‘Priority Boarding’ for 2 Euro in order to be one of the first to board the flight. Passengers who do not wish to pay for allocated seating will be seated in the remaining seats upon boarding.
There is a standard £6 booking fee incurred by all passengers. Those paying with a credit card will also be charged a 2% handling fee. Passengers can avoid this additional charge by paying by debit card instead.
Service on Board
Ryanair is a ‘no frills’ airline, meaning there is no ‘complimentary’ in-flight service offered, aside from the free in-flight magazine. However, Ryanair do provide a selection of hot food, drinks and snacks available for purchase from the on-board ‘Getaway Cafe’ menu. This includes hot and cold breakfast options, hot and cold drinks, crisps and other nibbles. Duty free items can also be purchased on-board along with scratch cards, newspapers and phone cards.
Ryanair prides itself on its ‘on-time’ record. So much so that it is possible to view the percentage of on time flights for each month on their website. Ryanair notifies passengers via internet, email or text of any delays, cancellations and diversions to flights.
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