The European low-cost carrier Ryanair continues its cost-cutting moves.
This time, the Irish budget airline Ryanair has announced it will scrap check-in desks at airports and passengers will face a mandatory £5.00 fee for on-line check-in. The new fee will kick in on October 1st.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary said this action would save the airline about €50’000, 000.00 and will help to maintain the low fares.
In addition, passengers who travel with luggage will face a £30.00 charge for checking-in one bag in a return flight, while the fee on a second bag will increase from £40.00 to £70.00.
Ryanair has been known to slash costs to keep the planes on the air. Earlier this year (February) Michael O’Leary announced the carrier’s plans to charge the passengers for peeing, installing a “coin slot on the toilet door”.
“I don’t think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound.” Michael O’Leary.
Hopefully other airlines (low-cost and regulars) around the world will not share Mr. O’Leary’s views and reasons to squeeze any coin out of passenger’s pockets and will continue to provide a “fair” in-flight service.
In the mean time, don’t forget to hit the restrooms before you get on board an aircraft… who knows how are the airlines going to surprise us next time?
September 30th, 2009