Ryanair: A bit of history
Founded in 1985 in Ireland by Tony Ryan, Ryanair has become, since that first flight in July 1985 between Waterford and London-Gatwick, in just under 35 years in one of the main low-cost airlines in the world and in Europe's first low-cost airline with more than one billion passengers transported each year. And all with a simple, direct and low price style that has allowed millions of people in Europe to know many places cheaply, reliably and without worries.
Ryanair's main base (IATA: FR & ICAO: RYR) is located at London Stansted Airport (STN) although this low-cost airline has bases throughout Europe that allow it to have an efficient operation and one of the highest punctuality levels. Other Ryanair bases in Europe are in Gerona (GRO), Valencia (VLC), Dublin (DUB), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), London Luton (LTN), London Gatwick (LGW), Milan Bergamo (BGY), Glasgow Prestwick ( PIK), Glasgow International (GLA), Roma Ciampino (CIA), Roma Fiumicino (FCO), Shannon (SNN), Nyköping (NYO), Alicante (ALC), Reus (REU), Madrid (MAD), Porto (OPO) , Brussels Charleroi (CRL), Malaga (AGP), Seville (SVQ), Tenerife (TFS), Gran Canaria (LPA), Lanzarote (ACE) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI).
Ryanair Holdings Plc is not only the parent company of Ryanair DAC, Lauda, Buzz and Ryanair UK but also the largest airline group in Europe. Ryanair Holdings Plc transports more than 152 million passengers per year, operating more than 2,000 daily flights from 87 bases and connecting more than 222 destinations in 37 countries.
Ryanair is a low cost airline member of the ELFAA (European Low Fares Airline Association) which also includes other low cost airlines such as Flybe, jet2.com, Norwegian, easyJet, Transavia, Volotea, Vueling and Wizz Air.
Ryanair: The most relevant
- Identification codes: IATA: FR & ICAO: RYR
- Commercial name: Ryanair
- Current owners: Ryanair Holdings Plc.
- EasyJet headquarters: Dublin, Ireland
- Central Operations HUB: London Stansted Airport
- Foundation date: July 1995
- Date of first flight: July 8th, 1995.
- Number of destinations: More than 1800 routes to 224 destinations in 38 countries.
- Number of flights: More than 2400 daily flights.
- Number of active aircraft: 475 Boeing aircraft with an average age of 6.5 years.
- Number of aircraft ordered: 240 NEW Boeing 737.
- Number of passengers: More than 139 million passengers a year.
- Number of employees: More than 17.500 employees.
- Belongs to the alliance: Airlines for Europe.
- Frequent flyer program: No frequent flyer program.
Food and drink
Ryanair, like most low-cost airlines in the world, offers nothing on board for free, but has a bar service where you can access a variety of snacks and drinks such as sandwiches or cold and hot drinks.
And if you do not want to pay more than necessary for a bottle of water or a sandwich, Ryanair has no problem in bringing your own food and drinks on board, unless you want to board with hot drinks or alcohol since in those cases the staff Ryanair will ask you to leave the products before boarding due to security measures.
Apart from the bar service serving snacks and drinks now, Ryanair also offers an advance meal reservation service.
Because most Ryanair flights are short haul, there is no on-board entertainment service and you should take your own. A book, magazine, newspaper or something to watch or read on your mobile device may be some of the options. And if you don't feel like it, why not start a pleasant conversation with the person you have sitting next to you?