Wednesday 20 November 2019

Ryanair’s food for thought: In-flight refreshments can cost more than ticket

Irish budget airline Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary poses during a press conference in a Marseille-Provence airport's hotel in Marignane, southern France, on July 26, 2011. Europe's biggest no-frills airline head announced Ryanair will open 14 flights from Marseille starting on October 2011 for the upcoming winter season. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Irish budget airline Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary poses during a press conference in a Marseille-Provence airport's hotel in Marignane, southern France, on July 26, 2011. Europe's biggest no-frills airline head announced Ryanair will open 14 flights from Marseille starting on October 2011 for the upcoming winter season. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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THE cost of food and drink purchased during a journey with budget airline Ryanair can cost more than the flight price, new research has shown.

The Irish airline was one of the worst offenders for the price it charges for in-flight refreshment according to research by consumer website travelsupermarket.com.

Six basic items purchased on a Ryanair flight, such as a cup of tea, a sandwich, a small tin of Pringles, a four finger Kit-Kat, a bottle of water and one glass of wine were found to cost a total of €22.74 with the airline.

A quick search on Ryanair’s website today shows the airline selling a one way ticket from Ireland to destinations such as Oslo for €22, Vilnius for €10, and Gdansk for just €7.

The price for similar items on rival Aer Lingus come in at just under €2.50 less, at €20.26. The airline's biggest rival in the UK, budget airline Easyjet, charges €18.56 for the items.

The research also found that the items purchased on board can cost up to ten times more than they would in a supermarket.

Still water purchased on board an Aer Lingus flight has a 1,083pc mark up while British airline Flybe charges a 1,036pc mark up on flapjacks.

However the most extortionate prices are charged on hot drinks such as tea and coffee, which cost an average of 2,355pc more than they would in a supermarket.

On Ryanair a 500ml bottle of water, a cup of tea and coffee all cost the same price, at €3.50 each. Easyjet comes off the cheaper of the two, charging €3.15 for tea and coffee and just €1.90 for the same sized bottle of water.

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