Ryanair’s porn plan is a smokescreen to hide price hikes

Whenever I see a stupid Ryanair story, I wonder what bit of financial news it’s drawing your attention away from. There’s a good example this week.

The real story, in the Irish Times: the average cost of a Ryanair flight increased by 13% over the last year, and it’s about to go up again.

At a press briefing in Dublin, deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said that to “stand still” next year, the airline would have to increase fares by €3 a passenger to cover the increase in its fuel costs.

The story most people will see, in The Sun:

RYANAIR is planning to screen PORN on its flights.

5 thoughts on “Ryanair’s porn plan is a smokescreen to hide price hikes

  1. Andi says:

    You’re right and it shows the a clever bunt O’Leary is, but €3 is not a huge increase in price.

    Ryanair will bend and twist everything it can to get you on that plane, and MOST of the time is cheaper than other carriers, when taken in total, and if its not and the only reason for using ryanair is price then don’t fly with them for that flight. Theres no law that says u must use ryanair, theres no law that says u have to use the same carrier for both directions of travel, there isn’t even a law that says you have to travel back from or to the same airport to left or flew to.

    I don’t fly ryanair much these days since they changed prestwick airside, and london is quicker by train with no security hassle. But sometimes flying to the middle of nowhere is exactly where you want to go.

  2. Hunnymonster says:

    It’s not the fares that are the issue – it’s all the additions that you have to actively opt out of. Then the piece de resistance the absurd transaction fee *per ticket*.

    O’Leary is the Ticketmaster of the air transport industry. Frankly I’d rather walk than give him a single penny. It’s not like you lose anything by flying to a different airport with another airline, already his descriptions of Charleroi as “Brussels South” and Hahn as “Frankfurt Hahn” are laughable. What’s next? Oban as “Glasgow North”?

  3. Andi says:

    I do agree, however i view the ‘additions’ as part of the price, the per ticket transaction is not nice. But when and if the total comes to less than flying with some else i will.
    As for the naming, you look it up, rather than taking the travel agents/website word for anything and maybe the airport is right where you want it and you want to fly to Oban. Don’t forget Glasgow airport is in a different county.

  4. Gary says:

    I hate ticket fees even more than I hate budget airline fees. Charging £2.50 so you can print your own ticket at home, using your own electricity, ink and paper, is particularly annoying.

    I bought two tickets this morning for £10. The fees were £4.60. And that level of markup persists right up the price range.

  5. Gary says:

    I flew with them for the last time nine years ago, when they stranded me and my then-girlfriend (now wife) in Paris. They were utter, utter bastards, especially to skint families with young children.

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