Ryanair is an Irish low-cost carrier and presently headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1984, and operates out of its primary bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports. Ever since its founding, Ryanair has achieved a tremendous growth and evolved from a small airline into the largest carrier in Europe.
Being Europe’s leading carrier, Ryanair carries over 130 million passengers every year through its above 2,000 daily flights services from 86 hubs. The airline is currently serving 215 destinations in 37 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Ryanair is planning to expand further and wants to grow its passenger traffic to more than 200 million by the year 2024. This premier Irish airline has the distinction of becoming the first European airline to carry over 1 billion passengers in 2017.
Ryanair possesses an extensive fleet of 400 Boeing 737-800 series aircrafts as of now. The airline wants to expand its fleet further and has placed orders for 110 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 and 115 new Boeing 737 aircrafts, and options for 100 more MAX 200 aircrafts. With the addition of new aircrafts the airline’s fleet will grow to a total of 585 by 2024.
Ryanair is known for its punctuality. It operates over 600,000 flights per year and 88% of those flights have arrived on time during the past one year.
Ryanair operates out of its primary hub at Dublin and maintains its largest hub at London-Stansted airport. The airline offers seamless connections to 215 destinations in 37 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East from its 86 hubs. The prominent destinations served by the airline include Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Rome-Fiumicino, Oslo-Gardermoen, Marseille, Manchester, Madrid Barajas, London-Gatwick, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Dublin, Copenhagen, Budapest, Brussels Zaventem, Barcelona El Prat, Athens, Malta, Cyprus, Canary Islands, Glasgow, Wroclaw, Kraków, and Amsterdam.
Ryanair has significantly increased the check-in baggage allowance. The passengers are now allowed to carry 20 kg instead of 15 kg. The check-in baggage fees has also been reduced as part of the airline’s ‘Always Getting Better’ program.
Ryanair offers three reserved seating options – Extra legroom seats, Front seats and Standard seats. The airline has made it compulsory for adults to book a reserved seat when traveling with children. For every adult seat booked the airline provides free reserved seats for up to 4 children aged between 2 and 12 years.
Ryanair offers three fare types – Plus, Family Plus, and Flex Plus. The following privileges are offered in each of these fare types: With Plus fare you are allowed to a 20 kg check-in bag, Priority and two Cabin Bags and a reserved standard seat. The privileges offered in Family Plus include two checked baggage of 20 kg each, Priority and two Cabin Bags for all the family, and free seats for kids. When booking Flex Plus tickets the privileges include a free 10 kg cabin bag and a small bag to carry on board with you, any reserved seats and Priority and two Cabin Bags, and a dedicated Flexi Plus desk at the airport to take care of your travel needs.
Food and drinks can be purchased as part of Ryanair’s Buy-on-Board program. Fees are charged by the airline for availing services as airport check-in, and making payments through credit card. Extra services such as checked-in baggage are also charged.