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My thoughts on Ryanair free flights

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.


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  • Theresa January 4, 2017, 3:25 pm

    I mean, good for Ryan air, I guess? These flights will be great for some travel, and terrible for others, just like today’s budget airlines are. I’m looking forward to getting a better sense for the business model though.
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  • Carol Colborn January 3, 2017, 2:50 pm

    Wow, that would be the day I can cover all of Europe, finally!!!

  • Lily Travella January 2, 2017, 9:02 pm

    I’m not sure how this would work, and whether it would be for the best or not, but free flights can’t ever sound bad! Ryanair get a lot of stick, but I like them. It’s good that I never need add ons I suppose.

  • Angela January 2, 2017, 3:12 pm

    I am wondering the same thing! We love Ryan air for their easy-to-book cheap flights, but free sounds a little crazy. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll take it if the opportunity arises!
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  • Laura @ Sometime Traveller January 2, 2017, 2:42 pm

    I’m not really sure how these free flights are going to work – would there be a charge for no-shows? I feel like people would be booking flights left, right and centre just to secure seats and would then choose whether or not to actually go nearer the time (leaving a fair few empty seats). It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out!
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  • Helena January 2, 2017, 5:30 am

    This is really interesting. I didn’t really hear of RyanAir before this so that is a plus as it is getting big publicity. I do wonder how this will all work out….
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  • amanda January 2, 2017, 5:24 am

    i still don’t know if this is enough to get me back on ryan air. It is still such an unpleasant experience – and i assume you still have to pay airport taxes?

  • Danik January 1, 2017, 4:26 pm

    I think this is another story to get the media’s attention and gain publicity for the airline. It ain’t gonna happen like the charging for the toilet scenerio 😉
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  • Yenor December 20, 2016, 7:56 pm

    I love every bit of this idea because I very rarely buy anything from the over-priced airports!
    Very interesting to know. Thanks!

  • Alessandra December 20, 2016, 2:22 pm

    My gosh this is such a crazy idea! I am curious to see how that would work out as well 🙂

  • Karla at GlobalETA December 19, 2016, 11:58 pm

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I wonder what the comfort or amenities will be on these flights. I’ve never flown Ryanair but for that cheap, I would try!
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  • Helena December 19, 2016, 11:11 pm

    How very interesting. I am not even sure how this is all going to work. I have never found these incredibly cheap flights before – sigh!
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  • Brianna December 19, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Wow, it sounds like they’re really banking on things not changing 5-10 years from now. By then, we could have even better flight technology, so while your Ryanair flights are free, they get you to your destination much slower than new technology flights. Hmmm…
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    • Jemina Sentina December 20, 2016, 2:41 pm

      Traveling at lightning speed, now you made me think much more.

  • Kerri December 19, 2016, 9:36 am

    For some reason I never ever seem to be able to get cheap flights. Will be interesting to see what Brexit does to Ryan Air.

  • Mike December 19, 2016, 6:36 am

    Free flights sounds pretty awesome! But then again at only 20 euro to start I might choose to pick my time and when I fly. You bring up some good questions and I’m interested to see what Ryanair ends up doing with this future plan

  • Lara Dunning December 19, 2016, 5:22 am

    It will be interesting to see how the free flights pans out. Makes me wish I lived where they flew as I’d go for a cheap ticket too!
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  • Punita December 19, 2016, 4:20 am

    Imagine if this becomes a regular feature! Somehow I have never won a freebie ever, and even when I have, I failed to avail of it at the right time.

  • Edd Sanchez December 18, 2016, 11:07 pm

    I think it would be amazing if they can make it happen. I personally can put up with all the adverts and add-ons for short haul flights from the UK, don’t think I could deal with it for long haul. Always had a different way of going about it Ryan Air!
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  • Lynne December 18, 2016, 6:00 pm

    I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye on Ryan Air! This is an amazing plan – if they can pull it off!

  • Castaway with Crystal December 18, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Mmm yes some god ponderings going on there. Had never heard of the free flights but boy would I wanna get my hands on some of those!
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  • Tracy McConnachie Collins December 18, 2016, 10:17 am

    I think I would try to fly as much as possible if they offer free flights – weekend trips to European cities would be a weekly event! I think there will be a lot of demand!
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  • Himanshu December 18, 2016, 9:14 am

    Looks an insane plan. Lets see how it unfolds.


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