So Ryanair big boss Michael O’Leary is offering free flights 5 to 10 years from now. How is that possible?
I have flown with Ryanair cheap flights. Last March I flew from Lisbon to Stansted under £50 Business Class. Now you can fly to any destinations in Europe for £5 one way or under £20 return and there is no catch. No hidden fees. That’s way cheaper than my train ticket to London from Norwich comparing the distance and the mode of travel. One might think, “How much cheaper can it get?”
It could be free! Well, it’s gonna be free and plans are already underway.
So where are they gonna get their money from?
According to Mr. O’Leary by offering free flights all the seats would be taken Ryanair will be “be making our money out of sharing the airport revenues; of all the people who will be running through airports, and getting a share of the shopping and the retail revenues at airports.” (Source: Mirror.co.uk)
Does that mean retail prices at the airports will have to increase?
In order to serve more people, Ryanair plan to offer flights from new airports across Europe and buy more aircraft to accommodate more passengers.
What about crowd control?
My question is, How are they going to control the number of passengers wanting to fly? With free flights, I could imagine an influx at the airport if people will fly every chance they get. Is Ryanair going to implement a restriction of say, only one flight per person per week is allowed?
What else would it entail?
Even if Ryanair acquire more aircraft they will only have to accommodate so much passengers. Will all the seats get booked up up to several months ahead? What happens if a person needs to fly for business or emergency reason but couldn’t find a flight because all seats have been taken?
Or maybe I’m just thinking too much. Right now people could fly anytime they want for under £20 and I see that there are always seats available if you book early enough. Perhaps people will not really fly more even if Ryanair offer free flights because they will still have to pay for food and accommodation and they just can’t leave work anytime they want.