Ryanair is one of the largest low-cost airlines in the world based out of Dublin, Ireland. It has 37 bases and has an intricate network of more than 950 routes across 26 airlines. It carries around 66 million passengers a year. From London Stansted Airport fly anywhere from Krakow to Rome to Madrid to Salzburg and more!
- IATA code: FR
- Number of serviced cities: 151 destinations
- Main hub: Dublin Airport (DUB)
- Fleet: 218 aircraft
History of Ryanair
Ryanair was founded in 1985 by an Irish tour operator and business man. The airline began operations with just one aircraft with flights from Waterford to London. The second route added to the network was from Dublin to Luton International Airport, a route that competed with Aer Lingus and British Airways. In 1991 the airline’s “no frills” style was implemented. This meant fast turn-around times, no business class, standard aircrafts and limited catering. Ryanair decided to fly to regional airports instead of major ones to cut costs. The low cost idea caught on in Europe and Ryanair came out on top. In 1992 flights to Oslo, Stockholm, Paris and Brussels were launched. The Ryanair website was launched in 2000 which made it possible for passengers to book directly instead of through a travel agent.
Year by year Ryanair has slowly started to take over European skies, flying to more destinations than ever at the lowest prices possible. Ryanair has hubs in 40 different cities. It bought Buzz from KLM in 2003. In 2006 Ryanair attempted to buy Aer Lingus in hopes of forming a national air carrier for Ireland. This offer was rejected. Ryanair plans to phase out airport check-in in the near future, encouraging passengers to check-in on-line before heading to the airport.
Travel with Ryanair: practical information
- Meals: There is no complimentary meal service on Ryanair flights, instead passengers are offered an in-flight menu from which many snacks and beverages can be purchased.
- Entertainment: Passengers are welcome to bring their own reading material as well as electronic devices, which can be used after take-off.
- Cabin: 1 piece of carry-on luggage per person is allowed. It may not be heavier than 10 kg or larger than 55 x 40 x 20 cm.
- Checked: Each passenger can check up to 2 bags. There is a fee of £15/€15 per bag if purchased on-line. If purchased at the airport, the fee is £35/€35 for the first bag and £70/€70 for the second.
- Excess: There is a fee of £20/€20 per excess kilo to be paid at the airport.
Discounts and Special Offers
Infants less than 2 years of age are eligible to travel at a discounted fare. There are hundreds of special offers from Ryanair during off-peak times, which means between Monday and mid-day on Thursday. If you book 14 days in advance, you can be sure that you’ve found the cheapest price. Ryanair advices at times to book up to 28 days in advance to ensure that you get the lowest price offered. Ryanair is known for its low cost flights and its exceptional special offers, all of which can be found when searching on liligo.com.