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Is Ryan Air a Good Airline?

There has been a lot of media press given to the queues at Dublin airport, people missing flights and also about Ryan Airs’ service in general. I travel Ryan Air about 2 to 3 times a year, I have no personal or professional affiliation to the airline, I just think they give a good value flight.

As I compose this blog entry, late on Wednesday evening, I am actually sitting on board flight FR1127 from Gatwick to Dublin (using WordPress app for iPhone) and we are pushing back for takeoff 1 minute early. (eventually landed on time too!) I admit that some people have been very unlucky and had problems with flights being delayed by many hours but what do you expect when your flight costs €30 return. I flew from Dublin to Gatwick return for €20 … yet a train from Waterford to Dublin is €32!

Maybe busses and trains in Ireland should use the Ryan Air business model and have cheap journeys very early in the morning or if you book a long time in advance. At Dublin airport, security queues have been reported as the cause of people missing flights. I think this is due to people showing up a bare minimum before their flight time. Personally I find Dublin Airport good and most recently I got from Naas to the departure gate in Dublin in 65 minutes, including time taken to park in the Red Car Park (I did cheat somewhat in that I left Naas at 6am for an 8am flight) … But still, if you know you are to travel at peak times then you should add on 30 mins If you need to check in luggage and 30 mins for the security queues!

Maybe I have just been lucky that these things haven’t affected my travels, but either way my opinion of Dublin Airport and Ryan Air remains unaffected and positive overall. Dublin Airport is currently undergoing an extension and the impressive new terminal should bring welcome new facilities to a complex which is busy.

Is Ryan Air a Good Airline? Well for me, they are. They provide good value and it is a basic service. In the same way you can get own brand products for a cheap price – this is no frills but does the job.

Do you think Ryan air is a good airline? Please leave a comment below…