Ryanair, the world’s most hated airline, charges more for in-flight food and drink than any of the other principal British or Irish airlines, according to new research.
A survey by Nowfly, an online travel comparison website, shows that the Irish no-frills airline charges more than its rivals in every category apart from spirits – which it does not offer on board its flights. It charges 35 per cent more for tea and coffee, 50 per cent more for a small bottle of wine and up to 30 per cent more for sandwiches than its rivals, including easyJet, Flybe, Monarch and Bmi
According to the American research group IdeaWorks, Ryanair took almost £550 million in ancillary revenue last year – this includes spending on in-flight food, baggage charges and check-in fees, and the commission it receives from hotel bookings, car rental and insurance.
It’s income from these will rise from next month, when it plans to increase its baggage fee by 50 per cent.