In typically bombastic fashion, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s Chief Executive, has said that flying on his own airline costs him “a fortune in excess baggage.”
He also claimed that he is Europe’s “underpaid and underappreciated boss”, he said he got paid €1.2m last year for carrying 80 million passengers while the boss at Aer Lingus got €1.3m for carrying nine million passengers.
O’Leary also commented on the case of Suzy McLeod who made headlines earlier this year when Ryanair charged her €300 to print out five boarding passes for a flight from Alicante to Bristol.
Despite attracting the support of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users, O’Leary was still unrelenting and said that Ryanair is not changing its policy.
Ryanair has a reputation now for looking for additional charges and Paddy Power has a series of betting markets about what will be next.
The favourite is a WiFi entertainment fee (odds of 5/4) followed by the introduction of inflight vending machines (9/2) and a fee for using the toilet (5/1).
The airline was recently criticised by watchdog Which? for imposing retrospective charges of £7.20 to passengers flying from Madrid to Barcelona after the Spanish Government raised airport taxes. Furthermore a recent survey by Travelsupermarket.com found that Ryanair’s inflight food and drink is the most expensive amongst major airlines.