Ryanair: the most repulsive airline around?

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Is Ryanair the most repulsive airline around? Not content with charging passengers to check in bags, in addition to asking them to cough up for food and drink plus pay to use onboad toilets,  Michael O’Leary’s airline has this week launched its own prepay card.

Translation? Customers who pay for a flight with the no frills airline with any other card, will incur an admin fee of £6 each way – meaning that a family of four are charged £48 for a return trip, even if they pay by debit card.

The move is all the more outrageous, given that the Office of Fair Trading launched an investigation last June, into an array of airlines who impose a surcharge on custionmers using credit and debit cards.

 Ryanair’s response? “Only we deliver the lowest air fares and no fuel surcharges.”

Annoyingly in this respect, the marmite (you either love them or hate them) airline does have a point. For those of us whose purse strings are suffering, Ryanair is normally the best way to journey to those off the beaten track places, on a budget. Nine times out of ten, the airline is the only carrier on less popular routes – not to mention, the cheapest option (in spite of the sneaky charges) on in demand destinations.

While this remains the case, Ryanair will, and can, continue to dance to its own beat…

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