“Stevescoots”: Thanks for the video. It really sums up the Ryanair experience.
There are two reasons for travelling low cost
(a) price – some people are on a low budget so scrimp on costs – this is not exactly what the business traveller on an expense account is looking for.
(b) convenience – point to point can be the way to travel to the out-of-the-way country cottage in the south of France (or wherever). To these places the likes of BA, Air France (or whoever) do not fly so the best option can be a low cost airline.
I have flown Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling recently and Ryanair is by far the worst. Easyjet tries to offer a better product but as “DisgustedofSwieqi” mentioned Vueling offers travellers the opportunity to pay to leave the middle seat free. Vueling also gives you the opportunity to to to reserve your seat. This is an excellent idea which reduces the crush at the barriers.
Yes, there are crushes at the barriers but since we are civilised we do not actually push. We all jockey for position and close our eyes and turn our heads away to pretend we are not queue jumping. With a reserved seat this does not happen. The problem is the cabin luggage which is frequently oversized, and people take on board more than the permitted one bag. This means we are fighting to find lockers to store bags and coats.
When it comes to the crunch you get what you pay for. That is why BA and other legacy carriers should advertise agressively to show what is included in their flights and what they do not charge for. Charging for food on euro-flights might not be the thin end of the wedge – Iberia has done it for years. Thus I do not think we are turning BA into GOfly2.
Remember the journey cost is not terminal to terminal. It is door to door. If you live in Brighton it is ridiculous to travel to Stansted to save GBP20 on a flight when/if there is a perfectly good alternative from Gatwick (or even Heathrow).
PS “Disgusted” please do not be so touchy and “VK do not be so pompous – both of you provide good information as do most others – keep cool.
I should mention to “Daytripper” that he is only looking at his personal needs. This forum is to share experiences. Everything is relevant but not necessarily to everybody.