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That’s a very good point RoadKing.
Ryanair is scraping the bottom of the barrel in LCC world. But Easyjet and the higher end former legacy carriers re-invented as LCCs like Aer Lingus and bmi have done a great deal to keep prices low in the more comfortable markets.
All this in the face of swinging government tax hikes and astronomical rises in fuel costs.
A £160 midweek return to Amsterdam in Club Europe would have been unheard of fifteen years ago.
Sure, on board premium services have diminished modestly, but not significantly, and value is still there for the traveller who demands a more exclusive experience.
The BA value calculator sets out the ways in which an allegedly “LCC” can nickel and dime you for charges:
I still think Easyjet etc (NOT EVER Ryanair) are actually quite pleasant to fly on if you have modest hand luggage and the flight is not too lengthy.
Will be interesting as their routes grow more mid/longhaul to see what changes this brings.