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    One of Europe's leading low-cost carriers, Ryanair offers budget flights to destinations across 28 different countries. It's worth browsing Ryanair flights whenever you want to find low prices that won't break the bank.

    Background Information

    Ryanair was launched in Dublin 1985 by the Ryan family with an initial staff of only 25 and a share capital of £1. Their first route ran from Waterford to Gatwick Airport on a tiny 15-seater Bandeirante plane, which was so small that the cabin crew had to be less than 5'2" to be able to manoeuvre around the cabin. A textbook case of rapid expansion, Ryanair now operates over 1,500 flights per day from 51 bases throughout Europe, and will connect a projected 80 million passengers in the next fiscal year to 168 different destinations.

    Check-in Information

    The airline strongly encourages online check-in, which is available from 15 days up to 4 hours before the flight. If you forget to check-in electronically, expect to pay a fee at the airport to do it in person. There's currently an online check-in fee of £6 for reservations that are made online, and £12 for bookings made at the airport or through a call centre. The bag drop desk is open up until 40 minutes before the flight.  

    Luggage Allowance

    Passengers are allowed one item of cabin baggage weighing up to 10 kg. This includes a camera, handbag, laptop case, or other smaller items. Two items of checked baggage are permitted, but these will be subject to fees currently ranging from £15 to £150. The fees will depend on whether you fly during low or high season, as well as a number of other factors.

    What Can You Expect?

    There's a reason why Ryanair fares are so easy on the wallet. They are serious about being no-frills. If you're hungry or thirsty during your flight, expect to pony up the cash to purchase hot or cold snacks and drinks. Duty-free items are also available for purchase on board. In terms of in-flight entertainment, don't expect anything of the digital variety. However, passengers can enjoy the free magazine available for perusal.

    Ryanair in a Nutshell

    With a wide range of destinations throughout Europe and some of the lowest fares around, Ryanair is worth a look for those strictly wanting to get from Point A to Point B on a budget.

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