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Ryanair is an Irish low-cost carrier and one of the largest budget airlines in the world. The airline mainly operates flights within the European Union and surrounding countries. Ryanair wants to offer safe and punctual flights for the lowest possible fares.


Ryanair is part of Ryanair Holdings, which is headquartered in Dublin and owned by the investing company Irelandia Aviation. Irelandia Aviation was like Ryanair founded by the Ryan family. The airline has three subsidiaries: the Austrian airline Laudamotion, the Polish airline Ryanair Sun and the British department Ryanair UK. Ryanair employees about 20,000 people with a wide variety of European nationalities.

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Ryanair was founded in 1984 as a small family-owned airline. The Ryan family initially started with operating flights between Ireland and London. Ryanair’s first flight took place in 1984 on the route Waterford to London Gatwick. Later, the airline expanded with other routes, such as Dublin to London Luton. The last-mentioned route was the first itinerary on which Ryanair initiated its price war in 1986.  While other airlines such as British Airways and Aer Lingus offered this round trip for £209, Ryanair made a special offer for £99. From that moment, the first European low-cost airline was born. In the decennia that followed, the airline opened many more routes for competitive prices and eventually became the largest European airline, in terms of passenger numbers.

Quick facts

  • Ryanair offers connecting flights at some airports in Europe, you change from one Ryanair plane to another at Rome Fiumicino Airport, Bergamo Airport, Porto Airport and Charleroi Airport.
  • The airline became in 2017 the first European carrier that carried over 1 billion passengers.
  • Ryanair has one of the best safety records in Europe, the airline never had a fatal crash or serious accident.
  • The airline has as goal to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics from its flights by 2023.




Passengers that travel with Ryanair are allowed to bring a small bag of 40 x 20 x 25 cm with a maximum weight of 10 kg on board at no additional costs. Passengers that want to bring a larger piece of cabin baggage need to pay an additional fee. There is also an additional fee required for hold luggage. Please consult website Ryanair for more information.

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There is no in-flight Wi-Fi on Ryanair flights.


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