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clifford

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For a bit of light relief, it's worth noting that the lowest airfares in the world at the moment appear to be on Ryanair, a UK/Eire carrier.

I've just booked a LON-FRA-DUB-BLK-LON itinerary, and the total airfare came to less that GBP 4.00 (the taxes and charges were another matter, but in total came to less than GBP 60).

Puts the like of Virgin Blue to shame, and Ryanair does make a healthy profit.

And, please note, I have flown Ryanair several times, so I do know what I am letting myself in for.
 

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Well you did well with the bookings. Hope you enjoy the RyanAir experience (including such delights as "charged for baggage", "really sting for excess baggage", "buy your own food" and "landed at a non-traditional airport"). It's what RyanAir doesn't provide that saves them money and allows cheap fares.

You'd already know this from your previous flights.

Their fares are amazing though.... most of the time.

It never ceases to amaze me how a lot of UK citizens instantly think "Ryanair" when wanting to fly somewhere. So they book on the RyanAir site and think they've got the best deal. Pity British Airways was 10 pounds cheaper! (This mainly applies to last minute/short lead time bookings)
 

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That's pretty good. At London and Frankfurt (at least) Ryanair use non-traditional airport (read not as easily accessible) which erodes some of the savings.
 

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Is it Ryanair that flies to the non-traditional airport of "London Prestwick"? Prestwick being the traditional airport of Glasgow, Scotland?
 
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Kiwi Flyer said:
That's pretty good. At London and Frankfurt (at least) Ryanair use non-traditional airport (read not as easily accessible) which erodes some of the savings.
I'm not sure that Stansted is "non-traditional" anymore... given that LH and a few other major carriers have used it at times (though I notice now that only small carriers and charter are left). Stansted was quite popular for a while, though ground services ("I don't give a cough where your baggage is, sir") sucked and rail access is expensive.

Frankfurt-Hahn and Paris-Beauvais are two of Ryanair's most infamously misnamed airports.
 

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the very fact that people make the choice to fly with RyanAir just goes to demonstrate that perception equals reality ...
 

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Kiwi Flyer said:
That's pretty good. At London and Frankfurt (at least) Ryanair use non-traditional airport (read not as easily accessible) which erodes some of the savings.
I agree that the savings end up being less than they first appear, but I don't think I would agree with the accessibility issue. Stansted has a fast, direct train link with central London (but it's expensive), and Hahn has a good, cheap bus service to Frankfurt.
 

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Paris (Beauvais) is about 70km from Paris.

Brussels (Charleroi) is about 45km from Brussels.

Barcelona (Girona) is about 80km north of Barcelona.

Basically, if they put a place in brackets after the destination, you have quite a hike to get there once you've landed. Ryanair has the cheapest airfares in Europe (perhaps the world) but for every place you want to get to, add at least GBP10 and an hour travel time each way to get there and then back. I have travelled plenty of times on Ryanair, and after a while, it just wasn't worth the savings or the hassle for those destinations. However, there are plenty of airports they fly into which are the principle airport of the city/region - I wouldn't hesitate to use those again.

Unless of course you really want to stay in Beauvais, or Charleroi for that matter.
 

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Yes, it's certainly not something that one would want to do regularly. For a one-off holiday thing though, it was actually a fun adventure for Wife in CBR and me.
 

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Agree, I certainly wouldn't want to fly them regularly but a one-off EDI-DUB for GBP 2.50 was ok, especially when its GBP30 cheaper than their nearest rival.
 

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Well folks, quite a few interesting comments.

You probably realise that I do know what I'm doing, though. While I am flying STN-HHN, I don't really want to go to Frankfurt. I want to go to Germany, rent a car and do my own thing. In that respect, HHN isn't a bad jumping off point and car rental is relatively cheap there. And the autobahns are pretty good really.

For about 100 Euros, the whole experience isn't that bad. And yes, I have flown FR a few times in the past (most recently in March 06). I must admit I was intrigued by their closing off the first 4 and last 4 rows of the 737-800 "for balancing reasons" but for a 1 hour flight, who cares?

Have fun...
 
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