Saturday 16 December 2017

Nicky Larkin: No romance in O’Leary’s revolution

You get what you pay for, and Ryanair does not include pleasure on its list of extra charges

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary
Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary

Nicky Larkin

YESTERDAY morning, I didn't feel in the least bit romantic, standing in a queue for a plane that didn't yet exist. If I had to pick a word, it'd be bovine. But that's okay, according to Michael O'Leary.

In a recent interview, the Ryanair boss said that 25 years ago, people's expectations of air travel were very different. He said back then people expected a "romantic, almost sexual experience" when travelling by plane.

But he said things had changed since. Expectations were now different. The Ryanair boss said air travel is now an egalitarian, functional and commoditised business. O'Leary said it's now about getting from A to B as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

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