Originally Posted by Connemara
One of the very few reasons I am ashamed to be Irish is Ryanair.
Have you ever flown it? Seriously, I don't get all this hate for RyanAir. So its customers sacrifice comfort and service for the sake of a cheap ticket. Why is this a problem? I've flown ~18 legs on RyanAir over the last four years, and every flight has been exactly what I was looking for--a cheap way to get somewhere new and leave more money in the wallet for actually being there. Every flight is packed, especially the ones to Poland and Latvia and those sorts of places. Unlike the major airlines, they operate in a competitive marketplace, with at least a dozen other low cost carriers. IMO, the more air travel can get rationalized and brought out of the stone age, the better for everyone. Ideally it would look just like train or bus travel, with the ability to walk up ten minutes before the flight and get on board.