Just back from Sardinia with RyanAir. Plane was 20 minutes late taking off due a dodgy passenger - and we still landed 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Their food on-board is astronomically expensive, but the flight was so cheap.
I still think they're great value for money.
hahaha, the on time flights of RyanAir is also one of these jokes. If you take some time to compare the flighttimes between RyanAir and other airlines you see that they take there flighttimes with a lot of margin. Well it's pretty likely that you will be on time.
I'll avoid them whenever possible, but if the difference is really big I will use them. Just keep in mind to check to which place they are really flying, don't just believe them, when they state a place. For some airports they use really far away airports, and with early or late flights this can be a real problem. Do your checks before booking, and also check the extra costs. For me in most cases it is more economical to book flights on other airlines. (without the annoying music.)
Don't agree with the get there early thing though. Never had a problem with the overbooking situation. If you are there on time you will get on.
They charge for everything including getting on the plane first, and since everyone does that, there is really no point in paying...
Here´s what I do.
1. Get a Visa Electron card and pay for you flight with that. There are no £5.00 per person per leg of journey credit card charges that way.
2. Do NOT buy their insurance.
3. Take only hand luggage, so you don't pay for having to check in.
4. Don't buy the priority boarding pass.
5. Check in on line.
6. Rock up to the airport with 30 - 40 minutes to go.
7. Make sure you don't have any explosives or bombs with you as you go through the pointless liquid restrictions in security. (In other words only have liquids up to 100ml bottles in the plastic bag).
8. Go straight to the back of the queue.
It has to be said that my whole "not getting to the airport early" plan only works if everyone else is getting there early!
The only times I have missed a plane is due to other factors such as trains being delayed. And going two hours early wouldn't have made a difference.
Not once have they been on-time when I've flown with them, so I gave them up, for good. I'll pay more rather than sit on a seat that's still warm from the last flight and the sick still smells fresh on the carpet.
Sorry Michael O'Leary, but hey, lots of people love you...
Yep - but they're so incredibly cheap. You can get flights from London Stansted and Liverpool to the South of France for less than €6 one way - including tax. Those that grope about where they land.... If you don't like the destination, don't take the flight.
Cheap always comes with corners cut.