EXPATS flying with Ryanair could be spending more on food and drinks bought on the plane than the cost of the flight.
Six basic items on the budget airline’s in-flight menu cost a total of €22.6, more than the cost of its single fares to a number of European destinations.
Of the six items – a cup of tea, a sandwich, a tin of Pringles, a KitKat, a bottle of water and a glass of wine – some were as much as 10 times more expensive than they would be in a supermarket.
The research, by price comparison site TravelSupermarket.com, found the six items cost slightly less with Aer Lingus (€20.3) and €18.6 with easyJet.
The site also found hot drinks had the highest mark-up, costing an average of 2,355% more than they would in a supermarket.
The research follows a study by consumer group Which? that found Tuesdays are the cheapest day of the week to fly on.
On average, Tuesday was the cheapest day for outbound flights, with easyJet’s London Gatwick to Alicante service coming in 35% cheaper than the same flight on a Friday.
Sunday was found to be the most expensive day to fly home.
“With household budgets squeezed, holidaymakers will want to make sure they are getting a good deal on their flights,” said Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?
“We found that people can save a significant sum of money if they shop around and can be flexible.”