Ryanair in world cup rip-off

Ryanair, the world’s most hated airline, were accused last night of shamelessly ripping off football fans by hiking their fares to Paris for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off against France next month by more than 1,000pc.

As the mad scramble for flights and match tickets got under way yesterday, flight fares soared by the hour as fans hit the Ryanair website.

A consumer watchdog accused the dirty carrier of adopting a policy of cashing in on destinations with a guaranteed demand while Fine Gael described the price hike as a “shameless rip-off”.

The party’s sports spokesman, John O’Mahony claimed fans would rightfully feel aggrieved by this “obvious and unjustifiable rip-off” and that prices were “off the wall”.

Within minutes of the away play-off venue in Paris on November 18 being announced, flights were hiked from €25 to €125, he said.

“Ryanair is charging €316 to fly out on either the 17th and 18th and fly back the day after the game,” he said.

“Ireland’s draw against France took place at 1pm yesterday. At 12.45pm, the cost of a 17 November flight to Paris on the Ryanair website was €24.99 before taxes and charges.

“At 1.15pm it became €124.99″ Mr O’Mahony added.

Consumers Association of Ireland spokesman Dermot Jewell said the surge in prices was yet another indication of the way consumers were being treated by Ryanair.

“Ryanair have a policy of watching where there will be a guaranteed demand and then increasing their prices,” he said.

“They are unapologetic about it. Whatever about supply and demand, once this happens any fairness in pricing policy goes out the window. It’s a case of – if you want to go you’ll pay dearly for it.”

Ryanair claimed it had “blocked off” all its flights to Paris at €150 one-way before the draw.

Filthy thieving bastards.


4 thoughts on “Ryanair in world cup rip-off

  1. It’s called business isn’t it? Are Ryanair the only airline who fly to Paris from Ireland – or Northern Ireland for those who can get to Belfast easily?

    If Ryanair are charging excessive fares then people will book with other airlines – if Ryanair’s fares are still lower than their competitors after increasing their prices due to demand – they’re still providing great prices.

    If Ryanair have a monopoly on flights to Paris from Ireland and Northern Ireland – well there’s a business opportunity just waiting for someone like you to come along and show them how it really should be done.


  2. No. When something like this happens there aren’t always enough seats to go around and people then have to go out a day earlier and book a hotel. What Ryanair are doing are bumping their prices up to make as much money as possible without danger that people will say “what the hell” and make a week of it in Paris. Paris hotels are expensive. Remember Ryanair don’t fly anywhere without the plane being full.

    This exposes the other aspect of the con Ryanair are pulling. Once they have the take-off/landing slots then they have an effective monopoly of those slots. Its not like a charter airline can suddenly pop up and offer to fly people over at a drop of a hat.

  3. I have no problems with the company, as usual its the passengers that cause problems, by being late, not bringing their passports and other documents needed. I missed the programme, but I can’t get onto the iplayer to see a replay.I like ryanair that was my first flay 3 yers ago ,and becouse of them i can bay chip ticket and see my family few time a year THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO IS WORKING FOR THIS COMPANY HAPPY CHRISTMAS ULA

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