In what they say is an effort to reduce costs, Ryan air has said they will remove all but one toilet on their planes. After initially saying that they would look into charging to use the facilities on their planes, Ryan Air decided that removing all but one toilet would add additional seats and eliminate the need, for the moment, to increase prices.
Ryan Air already has the maximum allowed seating on a plane, but they plan to push regulators to expand that so they can install additional seating. While there is no legal requirement for toilets on planes, it is simply common decency to have them available, particularly on long flights.
“We’re trying to push Boeing to re-certify the aircraft for six more seats, particularly for short-haul flights”, said Mr O’Leary. “We very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft anyway.”
The prospect of only one toilet being shared by 195 passengers and six crew caused alarmed in the travel industry. A spokesman for Abta, the travel association, said “We all know how inconvenient it can be if a toilet on a plane is out of order or the annoyance of queuing if someone has air sickness in one of the cubicles. This move could be a step too far in Ryanair’s on-going mission to provide a totally no-frills service.”
The airline is constantly looking for more ways to save money and raise revenue. If it cannot add in six additional seats, look for more fees to appear when booking a ticket.
The controversial Ryanair boss also insisted that the airline will continue as before, whatever the outcome of an investigation into fees for debit and credit cards. At present the airline charges an “administration fee” of £6 per person per flight, avoidable only by paying with Ryanair’s “Cash Passport”.
When all the fees are added in, just how much cheaper is the flight and how willing are people to go without the basic necessities of life?