… and straight off the heels of NKS charging for carry-on bags, RYR’s charges have emerged. Enjoy and drop any needed facepalms.
**Ryanair’s extra charges increase by 700 per cent
April 13, 2010 - 2:16PM
Extra charges on Ryanair flights have increased by up to 700 per cent since 2006, it emerged this week.
The airline has announced it will increase the fee to check in luggage by 33 per cent - to 40 pounds ($A66) per bag per return flight - during the peak travel months of July and August, potentially adding 160 pounds to the cost of a holiday for a family of four. This compares with the original 5 pounds charge in 2006.
Passenger must also now pay a 10 pounds ($A16.60) online check-in fee per return flight (not payable on “promotional fares”), a charge that did not exist in 2006. A fee of 10 pounds per person per return flight is also added to all payments made by credit or debit card, with the exception of those involving prepaid MasterCard debit cards. This compares with a charge of 3.50 per person per return flight in 2006.
These two charges can add a extra 80 pounds for a family of four. Further additional fees apply to passengers carrying excess baggage (20 pounds per kilo per flight) and sports and musical equipment (80 pounds per item per return flight) and a baby’s travel cot (20 pounds per return flight). Anyone failing to check in online faces an 80 pounds charge per return flight, while the fee for checking in a bag at the airport will rise to 70 pounds per return flight.
On top of these charges, the airline has again said it plans to install coin-operated lavatories on its fleet, charging customers 1 pound a time to use them.
EasyJet, one of Ryanair’s main no-frills rivals, charges 18 pounds per bag per return flight for checked in hold luggage and 10 pounds per kilo for excess baggage - half the amount demanded by the Irish carrier. EasyJet also charges a single fee of 3.50 for debit card and 7 pounds for credit card payments.
British Airways allows passengers to check in one item of luggage free of charge and charges up to 32 pounds for each additional item. A single 4.50 fee is applied to all credit card payments, but the airline does not charge customers who use debit cards.
Ryanair has been criticised for attracting customers with low headline fares, then adding a host of “optional” charges. Last year it received around 650 million pounds in “ancillary” revenues. A spokesman said the airline was temporarily raising its fees to check in luggage to “incentivise passengers to travel light”.
“Ryanair continues to grow, even during the recession, as more passengers move to our lowest fares and avoidable optional charges,” he said.
“We give them the options and they build the fare that suits their needs - instead of a ‘one fare fits all’ policy, we deliver low fares for all.”
The carrier also charges more for in-flight food and drink than any other major British or Irish airline, according to new research.
Food and drinks on Ryanair have an average mark-up of 520 per cent compared with supermarket prices, according to data compiled by Travelsupermarket.com as part of a study into the prices of in-flight food and drinks on 22 international airlines.
Ryanair charges 2.63 for a cup of tea or a bottle of mineral water, 3.16 for a cup-a-soup, and up to 4.91 for a sandwich - significantly more than any of its low-cost rivals.
Bmibaby, the no-frills subsidiary of Bmi, charges the second highest prices, with its products carrying an average mark up of 468 per cent, followed by Jet2 (438 per cent) and easyJet (430 per cent).
A spokesman for Ryanair said food was entirely avoidable on board its aircraft.
“Ryanair is Europe’s largest low fares airline offering Europe’s guaranteed lowest fares, not a discount food retailer,” he said. “We challenge Tesco, Sainsburys or Waitrose to carry a family of four from the UK to the Canary Islands for less than Ryanair.”