Ryanair boss expects free tickets within 10 years

Speaking at the Airport Operators Association conference in London this week, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has predicted that within 10 years the airline would be offering free flights to passengers. It is expected that passengers would still need to pay the taxes involved with the seat booking.

Ryanair this week put more than 250,000 seats up for sale on more than 400 routes for £9.99 ($16.70) and it is the hope of Mr O'Leary that sales in the future will see this price reduced to £0.

"I have this vision that in the next five to 10 years that the air fares on Ryanair will be free, in which case the flights will be full, and we will be making our money out of sharing the airport revenues; of all the people who will be running through airports, and getting a share of the shopping and the retail revenues at airports,” he said.

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Well, as someone who avoids spending money at airports as much as I can, this sounds good to me.

Never travelled on any peanut airlines and hardly likely to travel on this one even for free. They have high hopes of recouping costs via airport revenues etc. Most people including me bypass purchasing at airports anyway except for a quick meal.

Its probably free to take off and fly with them, but hey you should hear what they charge to land.

Several of the low cost carriers around asia already have 'free' tickets - usually one way and you pay taxes and other charges.

'Free' tickets have very limited appeal in practice. They are all Operator marketing and publicity



Id like to get some of that stuff that Ryanair boss is useing!!!!

It's called Irish Mist!!

Just had a browse of a website devoted to airline reviews. Might be useful to those wanting a bit more info about the different carriers.


:) A personal anecdote re planes.

We were in the Solomon Islands where the national carrier had 5 planes ... one big-em-one, two middle-em-ones and two little-em-ones.

We flew over on the big-em-one, great flight, service and flight attendants, immaculately turned out with bare feet.

Flew to the western Solomons on a little-em-one. It had to have a fuel stop at a small island with the runway from hell. I was smoking in those days and got out to have a cigarette ... well away from the plane. My husband said, '#*%$ ... look at that'. The other passengers (all locals) were all having a puff in the shade of the wings whilst refuelling took place next to the bulk Avgas containers.

Went to 'check in' at the tiny airport office in the western Solomons for the return flight. I loved that cinder block office. The door had fallen off years before and you knew whether the office was open or closed by checking to see if someone had dragged the old door frame over the opening.

It also housed the bank. Amazing procedures. The locals would line up at the 'counter' and tell the teller how much they needed. All manual with old-fashioned passbooks. What I loved was the fact that nobody took their passbook in ... the passbooks for the local population were all in one tall pile/stack in the corner. I kid you not, that teller would exchange some pleasantries with each person and then just reach into the exact spot up or down the pile, retrieve their passbook and hand out the cash. I still think that is one of the most amazing things I have seen in the banking system and my family have been the finance industry most of their lives.

Bear in mind nothing was ever locked up because of the 'sliding-if-dragged' door.

Even more memorable was the info I received ... after a suitable half-hour wait on Sol-Time, re our return flight.

"Mighten go morra ... im sick."

Looked out the window and there was 'our' one of the little-em-ones planes with a pilot and local helper trying to assemble the guts of the engine on the wing.

Asked where the other one was.

Im buggered ... Bougaineville ... no batry.

Best place I've ever visited and the flight back on the 'engine he fixed' little-em-one was amazing. Lots of little kids who'd never seen a 'white' person and screamed every time we glanced in their direction.

Pilot's emergency talk. If things go pear-shaped, there's the door, open it, jump out and then swim if we get down OK.

Well fair enough I reckon.

I flew Ryanair a few years back in Europe. Somehow my bag zip was broken and I was handed it just before take off. When I asked about reporting it for insurance they suggested I do it at their Rome office at the airport there. Guess what? No office and no one to talk to. Finally, I made the airport management take a report. As for getting on the plane it is a free for all. And under no circumstances be over on the weight for you bag or you are paying though the nose for it. Don't think I will be doing the Ryanair thing again.

The old story "you get what you pay for".  At my time of life I am not interested in going for the "cheapest" and running the risk of flights  being cancelled, having to wait at airports for hours on end not knowing if when or if you are going to get on an aircraft.

Ryanair does seem a business model based on tricking customers into paying more than they expect, and providing less service than the customer expects.

Very ethical.


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