29 Aug, 2012 @ 12:18
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Ryanair food more expensive than flight

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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.”

James Bryce

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  1. Just buy a ticket and nothing else. On short-haul flights you don’t need any of their crap, including the ludicrous “Duty Free” cart. In fact, especially that. But do take duty free stuff from the airport on board. They hate that, but can’t stop you.

  2. I don’t fly Ryanair any more because of the extra cost (and strain) of just buying the flight tickets. The extra card charge PER JOURNEY PER PERSON (despite the fact you only charge the card once). The difficulty of printing the boarding card within the time limits they set, knowing it will be an extra 30 quid to print at the airport. The anxiety of working out what is the latest trick. Sorry, I have used Ryanair in the past and would have continued to do so at a higher price, but all these tricks and scams have put me off. In future I’ll use Easyjet or the periodic special deals from Iberia/BA (with the advantage of stowed luggage) that saves me money from having to go to Stansted.

  3. good advice taking your own stuff. but the last few times i’ve had it confiscated by mini-Hitler’s, who claim my sons blackcurrant juice is clearly an attempt to blow up the plane.
    Incredibly I am allowed to take a dozen small cartons, but not one normal size. Idiotic, the whole thing.
    I bet if there was a cheap airline, with no security, running like a bus service, it would be the most successful in the world – overnight. The pilots can have strong locked doors. And the passengers can deal with weirdoes just like on the bus.
    If anyone disagrees with me, I’ll get you with my shoelace.

  4. Coming through Alicante airport in July, (flying Ryanair) there was a constant loop on the screens, advising passengers that duty-free goods were allowed to be carried on board and that this is the LAW. It is advisable to spend a euro on an “official” duty-free bag though. We had three one litre bottles of lovely La Ina fino in ours and nobody looked inside it. They insist you stow it under your feet, not in the locker, but it’s a nice warm glow knowing that one branch of capitalism (duty free) is beating another, (rip-off airlines).
    Also, the duty-free bags are very sturdy, useful for shopping!

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