Disadvantages no frills means no frills
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Ryan Air was the original cheap flight airline. Started by the Ryan family in 1985 with 1 15 seater plane travelling from Waterford, Ireland to Gatwick UK.Since then and despite some bad press reguarding safety issue Ryan Air seems to have gone from strength to strength, it is still Europe's lowest fare airline now has 26 routes and it's estimated that this year they will carry 67 million passengers. They have also purchased 181 new air craft (so maybe there will be no more safety issues for the time being) and employ around 6000 staff from different countries.
After looking on the internet for bargain deals it soon became very clear to me that Ryan Air was the cheapest of the no frills airlines and that their website, www.ryanair.com (see my other review) always seemed to have pretty good deals on.Booking was extremely easy but when they say no frills they mean no frills everything else apart from your seat you have to pay extra for. We booked to fly from Liverpool to Treviso (Italy) and back again at a cost of £40 for the two of us, at the time they were offering £10 flights and had a special on which meant we didn't have to pay airport taxes. We also chose to just take hand luggage and selected online check in so we didn't pay any extra fees. I was little worried about the online check in asit's something I've never tried before, you basically just print your boarding passes off at home and you can go straight to security when you get to your outbound airport, I still expected something not to be right though. I needn't have worried it really was that simple. So once all our security checks had been carried out it was time to sit, chill out and have something to drink and eat before we boarded our flight.To be honest when you check in online you actually only need to be at the airport 40 minutes before but because we weren't too sure all would go smoothly we got there too early and probably had a bit too much to drink. There was a short delay 10 minutes (which we weren't given a reason for but 10 minutes is nothing really. When boarding there were 2 queues one for people who had booked priority boarding and the first come first serve queue, I had been told that boarding could be a bit of a scrum but I thought it was really well organised it didn't even take 15 minutes from being at the back of the queue until we were on the plane. what I did notice while looking around was how diverse the clientle were there were families, business men and women, young couples, elderly couples and groups fof students, i just thought people like myself used them for a cheap getaway and everyone else travelled in style.Trying to find 2 seats together was a bit difficult as with Ryan Air you don't get allocated seats you just have to sit where you can fit. The cabin crew seemed really friendly and quite down to earth which I thought was a bonus, when I've flown with other airlines I've alway found them to be quite off hand and snobby. The actual flight was smooth from take off to landing, drinks and snacks were served not long after w took off and were very expensive (7 euros for a smal bottle of sparkling wine) and the in flight magazine was taken back off me before landing. To be honest there didn't seem to be any problems with the staff, flight or the organisation and the return flight was much the same.
I would recommend Ryan Air to anyone after a cheap flight but what you pay for is exactly what you get as long as you don't expect anything more, I have also heard that they are planning to charge 1 euro if want to use the toliet in flight , I don't think that will go down well with their passengers at all.
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