Saturday 24 March 2018

No frills Ryanair gets thumbs down as voted worst airline by British travellers in new poll

Peter Woodman

TRAVELLERS have given the thumbs down to Ryanair voting it one of the worst airlines in a new survey.

British Airways, which is headed up by Irishman Willie Walsh, was voted the favourite airline in the poll.

Ryanair was regarded as the worst airline by 19.3pc of those polled, with rival low-fare carrier easyJet seen as the second worst at 12.1pc.

BA polled 19.1pc of the votes for best airline, comfortably ahead of second-placed Virgin Atlantic 13.8pc.

The survey of 3,000 British adults asked people to choose the best and worst of airlines bearing in mind cost, the service and the overall comfort of their journey.

Some respondents also added extra comments.

The poll also found:

- 35pc find airports stressful;

- 33pc think it takes too long to check in;

- 11pc think the security checks are too strict;

- 40pc would prefer not to sit near families with young children;

- 17pc think alcoholic drinks should be banned on planes.

Gocompare travel head Jeremy Cryer said: "Clearly some airlines will get your holiday off to a better start than others and it's interesting that even with the bucket shop pricing of the budget airlines plenty of passengers still don't consider their service good value for money.

"Our research found that while some people will put up with poor service in return for low fares many have vowed never to fly with a particular airline again."

Britons' favourite airlines were:

1. British Airways

2. Virgin Atlantic

3. Thomson Airways

4. EasyJet

5. Emirates

6. Thomas Cook

7. Singapore Airlines

8. Monarch

9. Ryanair

10. American Airlines and Qantas

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