News Irish News

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ryanair's €1 pay as you go toilet fee takes off

Paul Melia and Pat Flynn

Ryanair is to press ahead with plans to ask customers to pay a euro before they spend a penny.

The airline is working with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to develop a coin-operated door release system -- so it can charge customers to use the toilet on short-haul flights lasting less than an hour.

The company plans to charge passengers who travel on flights of one hour or less €1 or stg £1 (€1.13) to use the toilet.

Ryanair says it will actively "encourage passengers to use toilet facilities in airport terminals before boarding".

The move comes despite the company appearing to backtrack on comments from chief executive Michael O'Leary last year, where he announced he was looking at fitting coin slots to toilet doors to boost revenue.

But the company said their outspoken boss "makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along".

However, the current edition of the airline's in-flight publication, Ryanair Magazine, outlines details of the plan and says it is working with Boeing to develop a system.

If Ryanair were to pursue the toilet charge it would have to fit coin slots on to its fleet of 168 Boeing 737-800s.

Behaviour

According to the magazine, the airline is currently "developing the cost-saving option in order to reduce fares, increase efficiencies and reduce costs".

The company says it hopes it can change passenger behaviour so that Ryanair can remove two of the three toilets on board some aircraft, so up to six additional seats can be installed.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said it was not aware of any restrictions that would prevent the move.

But it added: "The removal of toilets to make room for additional seats is a matter for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)."

The airline confirmed: "The move is not a priority at the moment but are still looking at it."

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News