Ryanair has come up with another clever way of making more money by deciding to charge passengers an extra fee for those who want to travel on an actual aircraft. After purchasing their tickets passengers will be given the option of a plane or no plane. CEO Michael O’Leary hopes most people will choose to pay the extra few pounds to have an aircraft to travel on.
‘I can’t believe I never thought of this before,’ said O’Leary. ‘It’s genius. See, only some people want to pay for priority boarding, travel insurance, an allocated seat, food, drink, a crappy scratchcard – but we think most people going off on their holidays to the likes of Spain and Greece are probably going to want a plane in which to travel there.’
Passengers who choose the ‘Plane’ option when booking can look forward to having a Ryanair aircraft waiting for them at their chosen airport. If they have also clicked on the ‘Fuel’, ‘Cabin Crew’, and ‘Pilot’ options the plane will actually take-off as well and fly them to their chosen destination.
Some were less than impressed and have refused to pay the extra charge. ‘I’m not paying extra for a bloody plane,’ fumed Bob McDonald, who when we spoke to him had been stuck at Stansted Airport for 17 days. ‘It’s an unnecessary extra they try and trap you into, so no, no plane for me. They can get stuffed. Mind you, 17 days at Stansted has certainly put a dent in the pocket!’