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About Ryanair

Ryanair flights have taken the European market by storm since the airline first got going in 1984. Like Aer Lingus, Ryanair is an established air operator that has its headquarters in the Republic of Ireland. The company offers some codeshare operations with Air Europa following a deal it signed in May 2017 and is among the country's biggest air service providers of short-haul flights. From 1992, when the European Union deregulated much of the air industry, Ryanair has established itself as a low-cost air operator, providing services from the UK and Ireland to destinations all over Europe, including many cities which had not previously enjoyed direct flights.

These days, the management team at Ryanair pride themselves on the average ticket price the business charges for flights. In 2013, the low-cost model was amended somewhat when the airline announced a tranche of customer service improvements it planned to make. The airline uses Boeing 737 jets in the main and offers around 2,000 services per day. In total, 36 countries have Ryanair flights taking off or landing from them each week. Over 130 million passengers enjoy Ryanair services in an average year, more than British Airways.

How do I check-in online with Ryanair?

Ryanair online check-in is encouraged. By far the majority of Ryanair's passengers do their online check-in process via the company's website, but it is also possible to do this via a smart device app that the airline has developed. This is available for download by iOS and Android users. Early check-in is offered by Ryanair for passengers who have also chosen to purchase the particular seat they wish to occupy. In such circumstances, it is possible to use either the app or the website to confirm your check-in up to 30 days ahead of the flight. Standard check-in, which is offered without an additional fee, is possible from four days ahead of your departure. All that is needed is to enter your six-digit reservation number and to confirm. You will then be given a boarding pass which you can either print out or store on your mobile device to use at the gate.

Although nearly all of Ryanair's services use online check-in to confirm flights, it is not possible everywhere. If you are flying on a Ryanair service from Agadir, Essaouira, Fez or Nador, then it is not possible to use an online check-in process. The same currently applies to flights out of Oujda, Marrakesh, Rabat, Tangier, Kefalonia and Volos.

What is my checked baggage allowance on Ryanair?

In January 2018, Ryanair's baggage policy changed. Passengers are charged to take up to two items of checked baggage onto a Ryanair flight. There is no fixed fee that the airline operates for checked baggage – it all depends on the route that you have chosen as well as how busy the service happens to be. Ryanair recommends booking checked baggage when you purchase your tickets since this is the cheapest way of ensuring these items make it into the hold of the aircraft on your flight. Checked baggage must not exceed dimensions of 81 cm x 119 cm x 119 cm. There are two weight categories that are allowed, one that is up to 15 kg and the other that is up to 20 kg, so you need to know the weight of the items in your bag when you choose which one is appropriate for you. Otherwise, you may face excess baggage fees when you turn up at the airport. Excess baggage rules allow passengers to take on items that weigh up to to a total of 32 kg, according to Ryanair's current policy although fees are levied per kilo of extra weight that is checked into the hold.

What hand luggage can I take on Ryanair?

The Ryanair hand luggage allowance that is applicable to most passengers is a single item that does not exceed the dimensions of 35cm by 20cm by 20cm. If a second item of hand luggage is brought to the gate by a passenger, then this will be placed in the hold of the aircraft for reclamation later without charge so long as it does not exceed a size of 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm. An exception to this rule is made for passengers who have reduced mobility so long as they have pre-booked airport special assistance.

A further exception to the usual hand luggage rules that Ryanair employs is made for passengers who have 'Priority and 2 Cabin Bags' or 'Plus/Flexi' tickets. The same small bag allowance is offered for such passengers as those with standard tickets. In addition, 'Priority and 2 Cabin Bags' as well as 'Plus/Flexi' ticket holders may take an extra cabin bag aboard, so long as it does not exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm in size and is not over 10 kg in weight.

Where does Ryanair fly from?

UK-based passengers can obtain Ryanair services from a number of British airports. Many Ryanair routes are served from its main UK hub at Stansted Airport in Essex. Like EasyJet, Ryanair also offers destinations from its base in Luton. Popular Ryanair routes include:

Latest customer reviews on Ryanair flights

3.6 /5
Total reviews based on: 1506
Bristol
Faro
Bristol - Faro ( BRS - FAO )
4.0 /5
Jo
Date 2019-10-01 Location Taunton Age 31-50 Class Economy

Better than I expected for a budget flight

3.2 /5
5 reviews
London
Athens
Stansted - E. Venizelos ( STN - ATH )
4.0 /5
Jean
Date 2019-10-01 Location Worcesteshire Age Over 70 Class Economy

Cabin crew are very fast when they bring trolley down aisle -!so easy to miss out on your cuppa !

3.1 /5
9 reviews
Manchester
Rome
Manchester International - Ciampino ( MAN - CIA )
4.0 /5
Iain
Date 2019-09-30 Location York Age Over 70 Class Economy

Ryanair’s baggage policy is not clear. My bag was an inch over the maximum permitted size, so I paid to have it go in the hold. However I was unable to leave it in the baggage drop at Manchester and risked being charged an extra fee for taking it on board. In the event I slipped into the ‘priority’ queue and no-one seemed to notice. BUT I had paid £80 unnecessarily!

4.3 /5
4 reviews
Manchester
Alicante
Manchester International - Alicante ( MAN - ALC )
3.0 /5
JIMBO
Date 2019-09-30 Location STOCKPORT Age Over 70 Class Economy

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. THE CHEAP PRICES ARE THE ATTRACTION NOT THE SERVICE!

3.3 /5
8 reviews
Manchester
Lisbon
Manchester International - Lisboa ( MAN - LIS )
2.0 /5
Andre
Date 2019-09-30 Location Angola Age 31-50 Class Economy

Delay on service .

3.0 /5
5 reviews
Bristol
Ibiza
Bristol - Ibiza ( BRS - IBZ )
5.0 /5
Steve
Date 2019-09-28 Location Wales Age 51-70 Class Economy

everything went perfectly no complaints at all

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Shannon
Stansted - Shannon ( STN - SNN )
4.0 /5
VAP
Date 2019-09-27 Location Potters Bar Age Over 70 Class Economy

My husband and I travelled together but were given seats in different parts of the plane. On the way back we both had an empty seat next to us so why couldn't we have had seats together?

3.6 /5
9 reviews
London
Rhodes
Stansted - Diagoras Airport ( STN - RHO )
5.0 /5
Mermer
Date 2019-09-24 Location Yorkshire Age Over 70 Class Economy

Everything went very well. We buried ourselves in our paperbacks and did not need to call upon the cabin staff for anything. It was a pleasant flight.

4.5 /5
2 reviews
London
Dublin
Stansted - Dublin ( STN - DUB )
5.0 /5
Kennytee
Date 2019-09-24 Location London Age 31-50 Class Economy

Airline was cool but run late which makes me Missed my coach .

3.6 /5
16 reviews
London
Rome
Stansted - Ciampino ( STN - CIA )
4.0 /5
SG
Date 2019-09-24 Location UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Ryanair is a no frills airline that leaves on time and arrives on time, what is not to like about them ?

3.6 /5
23 reviews
Manchester
Fuerteventura
Manchester International - Fuerteventura ( MAN - FUE )
4.0 /5
Sam
Date 2019-09-23 Location Wirral, Cheshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

bag drop at MCR uses self service, which was fine, but then we were told we had to go to security section for soft bag/holdall drop off to avoid damage to bags. This took up some time as there was a queue. Advance information of soft bag drop off could have avoided this. Also the options selection for online booking should have highlighted the onboard menu as MCR to Fuerteventura is a 4hr flight. There is very good food selection but it has to be booked in advance. Pity we had not realised as we would have used this option. Other than that great flight

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Glasgow
Rome
Prestwick - Ciampino ( PIK - CIA )
4.0 /5
None
Date 2019-09-22 Location Scotland Age Over 70 Class

I was charged 20pounds for a 10kilo case Why

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Dortmund
Stansted - Wickede ( STN - DTM )
2.0 /5
Patches
Date 2019-09-22 Location Lincolnshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

Charged 140 Euros for extra baggage even after I tried to book it in advance. To be honest I've Flow Ryanair plenty of times before. Sadly its just got worse.. So never again.

3.8 /5
4 reviews
London
Santiago de Compostela
Stansted - Santiago De Compostela ( STN - SCQ )
5.0 /5
Maria
Date 2019-09-21 Location spain Age 51-70 Class Economy

I was very pleased that didn't have any problems with my hand luggage, the flight attendants were very pleasant in general was a good fly and I love the magazine "ling", kept a copy to shere...

4.0 /5
4 reviews
East Midlands
Rome
East Midlands - Ciampino ( EMA - CIA )
4.0 /5
Her indoors
Date 2019-09-21 Location East Midlands Age Over 70 Class Economy

A better than expected experience, knowing how many travellers encounter problems with Ryanair. I have no complaints. Flight left on time and arrived at destination on time, air crew polite on both flights, so all good.

4.0 /5
1 reviews

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