“It’s interesting reading US weblogs when they wax enthusiastic about
Ryanair, typically on the foot of this BusinessWeek article.
Here’s the thing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â flying Ryanair is a deeply unpleasant experience.
I’ve heard rumour that their staff are paid commission based on how
many discretionary charges they can pile onto the basic fare ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â leaving
you feeling nickled and dimed at every turn ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â and that certainly
matches with my experience. I mean, I’ve had better service in train
stations in Uttar Pradesh.”
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRyanair Holdings CEO Michael O’Leary makes no apologies for his penny-pinching. Want to check luggage? You’ll pay up to $9.50 per bag for the privilege. Free drinks and snacks? Forget about it. Even a bottle of water will set you back $3.40. It’s not just passengers who have to cough it up. Flight crew buy their own uniforms, and staff at Ryanair’s spartan Dublin Airport headquarters must supply their own pens. After a customer sued Ryanair for charging $34 for the use of a wheelchair, the company added a 63 cents ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwheelchair levyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â to every ticket. Says O’Leary: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYou want luxury? Go somewhere else.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
“Belfast is listed as a ‘city on the rise’ and Northern Ireland has
been tipped by a top travel guide as one of the “must-see” countries
to visit in 2007. The Lonely Planet Bluelist featured NI in the “Go
List” section of its guide – a chapter dedicated to detailing the hot
destinations for the coming year.”
“Easyjet has reported a 56% rise in annual profits, helped by a growth
in passenger numbers and new routes.
The low-cost carrier made a pre-tax profit of Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£129m in the year to the
end of September – despite the big rise in fuel costs.”
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRyanair has higher hopes for the winter period and has lifted its profit forecasts for the year after reporting record half-year profits. Net, or post-tax, profits for the six months to the end of September rose 39% to 329m euros ($418.2m; Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£220m).ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRyanair said on Wednesday it had formed a gaming partnership with Internet bingo group Jackpotjoy, adding another new revenue stream as it seeks to boost cash flow from areas other than ticket sales.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRyanair, Europe’s largest no-frills carrier, says it has been obliged to postpone the introduction of new flights between European and Moroccan destinations because of EU regulation delays.
It said that flights from Marseille and Frankfurt to Fes, Marrakesh and Oujda would not now start until December 1, though services from Luton, near London, to Fes and Marrakesh, would begin as planned next month.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â