Ryanair (FR) is credit with revolutionizing the air transport industry, it is Europe's only ultra low cost airline functioning on a no frills approach with a view of cutting costs of travel in a sustainable and reliable manner. Since its inception in 1984 Ryanair has grown exponentially to become one of the largest airlines in Europe with over 8500 employees and servicing a fleet of 303 in-service aircrafts, which are credited to be newest, quietest and greenest of aircrafts. The largest bases of Ryanair include London-Stansted, Dublin, Milan-Bergamo, Brussels-Charleroi, Alicante. Ryanair prefers to fly to smaller or secondary airports, usually outside major cities, to help the company cut costs and benefit from lower surcharges and landing fees. Instead of flying to the main Dusseldorf airport, Ryanair flies to Weeze, about 70 km or 43 miles from Dusseldorf and 55 km from Vienna International Airport.
- Ryanair carries a wide range of delicious snacks onboard and a choice of hot or cold beverages, which include a full list of beers, wines and spirits on all of their flights. These can be purchased as and when required from the onboard bar and eatery.
- Even after cutting down on costs, Ryanair does not significantly compromise on passenger comfort, the seats are 17" wide and a space of 30" between the seat back and the seat in front. Some rows have extra leg room and width to accommodate the passengers in need of such service.
To ease the travel experience and further cut down on costs passengers can now check-in online, the period of online check-in is from 15 days up to 2 hours prior to the flight. The boarding pass can be printed and re-printed up to 2 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight. Also as an added feature Ryanair offers allocated seating, customers can choose a seat at the time of the reservation itself or during online check-in.