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Ryanair at Dublin Airport

Ryanair at Dublin Airport

© 2005 Bernd Biege licensed to About.com, Inc.

 

Ryanair - Who Are They?

 

Ryanair is one of the worlds largest airlines in passenger numbers - and one of the original budget or no-frills airlines. Driven with profits in mind and providing a basic service it is a cash-cow for its shareholders and an affordable alternative for short-haul travelers.

 

What Services does Ryanair Provide?

 

Only short-haul flights within the European and Mediterranean region - sometimes to airports you might not have imagined to exist.

 

Which of Ireland's Airports Are Serviced by Ryanair?

 

Dublin Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport, Cork Airport, Derry City Airport, Kerry County Airport, Knock Airport (Ireland West) and Shannon Airport.

 

What International Airports Does Ryanair Connect To?

 

Aberdeen, Alicante, Almeria, Basel, Berlin Schönefeld, Biarritz, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Brest, Bristol, Brussels Charleroi, Budapest, Bydgozszc, Carcasssonne, Doncaster, Durham Tees Valley, Düsseldorf Weeze, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Faro, Frankfurt Hahn, Friedrichshafen, Fuerteventura, Gdansk, Girona, Glasgow Prestwick, Gothenburg, Hamburg Lübeck, Karlsruhe Baden, Katowice, Kaunas, Krakow, La Rochelle, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Lodz, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Murcia, Nantes, Newcastle, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris Bouvais, Pisa, Porto, Poznan, Prague, Reus, Riga, Rodez, Rome, Rzeszow, Santander, Salzburg, Seville, Stockholm Skvasta, Szcsecin, Tampere, Tenerife, Tours, Trapani, Venice, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Zadar.

 

Ryanair's Fleet - What Planes Can You Expect?

 

Boeing 737, full-stop.

 

Can You Expect Problems With Ryanair?

 

Yes and no - it all depends on your capability to read and digest information in 95% of the cases. Ryanair for instance claims to fly to Hamburg and Frankfurt in Germany, the actual airports are Lübeck and Hahn (a former USAFE air base), causing confusion for geographically challenged travelers. Also Ryanair's online booking and pricing system requires your full attention, otherwise you may opt for unwanted extras or incur additional charges.

Ryanair is constantly bad-mouthed for its lack of service (apart from getting you from A to B) and care-free attitude towards luggage and security. To be fair it has to be said that Ryanair never claims to do more than transport you in a cheap, efficient way. Luggage losses are statistically extremely low (though numbers may be distorted by many passengers opting out of check-in luggage) and security concerns seem to be no more severe than with other airlines.

 

My Personal Travel Experience with Ryanair was ...

 

... as expected - a cheap flight in acceptable (but not overly comfortable) seats, on time, luggage unharmed. Problems experienced with priority check-in at Budapest Airport must be blamed on the local service provider.

 

How Do I Contact Ryanair in Ireland?

 

Republic of Ireland - 0818 303 030
Northern Ireland - 0871 246 0000

 

Ryanair On The Net:

 

Ryanair's Website

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