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No-frills airline hit back with increased charges

Yesterday's revelation that Ryanair is in talks with Boeing to develop coin-operated toilets has been followed today with news that the company is looking to increase the £15 cost of taking hand-luggage on board to £20 during the summer holiday period. It seems that not only Ryanair but all other low-cost airlines in the UK are looking to increase their income streams and reduce their costs in the short to medium term.

While there is no doubt that the likes of Ryanair are still very competitive compared to the likes of British Airways, there is also no doubt that the gap between the mainstream airlines and the low-cost airlines has reduced of late. Indeed the news that Ryanair is looking to reduce the number of onboard toilets from 3 to 2 is another example of reduced costs and a reduced level of service for customers. Where this will end remains to be seen but the budget airline industry has certainly changed dramatically over the last 12 months.

Even though parts of the ongoing increase in the cost of travel with the likes of Ryanair can be apportioned to the UK government and various regulatory cost increases there is also no doubt that these companies are now looking to maximize their income and their profitability.

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