Ryanair to allow seat reservations -- for €10
RYANAIR passengers will be able to reserve seats on all the airline's flights from next January -- but they'll have to stump up an extra €10 each way for the privilege.
The budget carrier -- whose flights are notorious for on-board scrums -- has been trialling seat reservations on a number of routes since May. It's proved popular enough for the service to be rolled out across its extensive route network from January 10.
The move is another way for Ryanair to boost its so-called ancillary revenue -- the money it makes from selling everything from tea and coffee on board to insurance and car hire through its website.
Passengers will be able to reserve seats in the front two rows of the aircraft, or on two rows over the wings in the middle of the aircraft. Fliers under the age of 16 can only have seats reserved in the second row of the aircraft for safety reasons.
Those passengers who reserve a seat will also get automatic priority boarding. But customers will still be able to buy priority boarding without reserving a seat -- at a cost of €5 each way.
Meanwhile, Irish football fans might be in for a more painless trip to next year's European Championships after Ryanair confirmed it would consider operating flights to Ukraine if Ireland's football team has to play games there.
Last night civil service sources suggested Ryanair would have no problem securing permission from the Department of Transport to fly to Ukraine from Ireland.
A Ryanair spokesman said if Ireland has to play matches in Ukraine its route planners would examine the possibility of operating special flights to the country, but warned it may be difficult to secure extra aircraft.