Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Ancillary charges account for 20% of Ryanair income

Ryanair will find out the decision on passenger compensation relating to the volcanic eruptions

Low-fare airline Ryanair took almost £550m in extra charges such as baggage fees last year.



This put the Irish no-frills carrier into fourth place in the list for world airline ancillary revenue for 2008, compiled by American research group IdeaWorks.

Ancillary revenue includes not only baggage charges but also such things as in-flight food and the commission airlines make on hotel bookings, car rental and insurance.

According to IdeaWorks, Ryanair's ancillary revenue last year accounted for 19.3% of its total revenue. Only three giant US carriers — American Airlines, United and Delta — had more ancillary revenue last year than Ryanair, which has just announced a 50% baggage fee increase to take effect next month.

Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair provides passengers with Europe's guaranteed lowest fares by providing a range of ancillary revenue services such as hotel, villa, camping and hostel accommodation, travel insurance, bus and rail tickets, car hire, gift vouchers, financial services and in-flight telephone services as well as in-flight beverages and food. It delivers Europe's lowest fares as a result of these services.”

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk