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Ryanair – fail or “okay for the price”?

I recently took a 5 hour RyanAir flight to Fuerteventura and I can only say, never ever RyanAir again. The flight was cheap – as RyanAir is a low-budget airline company – and I really only expected minimum service, as you get what you pay for. I was still surprised on how low budget you can go.

I love flying and I fly a lot. Last year I was on 25 planes, and this year will not be less. I love being in an airplane and I love the whole trip. You can lean back, relax (unless you have screaming kids close to you) and you can be offline for a period of time. Then, for me, there is also the excitement of going somewhere. Could be a vacation, a business meeting, meeting some friends or a combination of it all – I just love it 🙂

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But seriously RyanAir… How low can you go?

I have a few questions for you: How can you build an airplane with no seat pockets? Where do you expect your passengers to store their stuff? Are the nets and a few screws, as a seat pocket consist of, really that expensive?? What happens if there is an incident of heavy turbulence, since there are no seat pockets, there are no puke bags either. What are the people getting sick suppose to do with their vomit? And what is going on with the seats that are locked in an upright position – you are not being able to lean back? How f*cked up is that? I don’t even want to mention the so-called food… And ohh yes, on both flights it was not allowed to have carry on luggage in the cabin. The stuff people needed during the 5 hour flight should be taken inside the plane. Then we of course just put it in the seat pocket… The non-existing seat pocket.

I went to the bathroom three times during my flights. One time there was an empty soap dispenser, but no water in the tap. Two times there was no soap dispenser at all. I don’t know your habits are RyanAir, but I wash my hands every time I go to the bathroom. Not providing soap to your passengers is just disgusting RyanAir.

When you at some point hopefully will send your planes for an upgrade to normal standards, maybe you should really consider doing the same with your staff. Many people are afraid of flying ( I am not one of them) and the cabin crew should therefore create a relaxed and safe environment. The staff should NOT scream of passengers and they should NOT show in their faces how annoyed they can become if a passenger don’t know the arm-chair should be down during takeoff. And sweet stewardesses, when you repeatedly smash your wagon into my elbows when I try to sleep in a 90 degrees angle in your stupid seats, an apology would at least be nice. Please also turn down then in-cabin speakers. When you see people around you holding their ears, then it’s probably too high volume. I already know that you don’t want your passengers to sleep as you want to sell lottery tickets all the time, but please, there is no need to give them tinnitus as well.

For my next flights, I will be going to Brazil in two weeks, it could be nice with some cheaper tickets, but I learned from this trip. I can assure you that RyanAir will never come in my consideration again, unless it is a very short flight. The discomfort is simply not worth the money saved.

Are there any others having the same experiences with other low-budget companies?

Australia is unfortunately not only sunshine

Country is alright, location should be perfect with area names such as Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast etc, but unfortunately the season is the wrong to go on vacation in Australia.

Back home in Denmark friends and family are fighting with snow and minus degrees, here we fortunately don’t have that. Degrees are alright, steady around the 27-28 depending on where we are (Melbourne was a lot warmer with up to 35 degrees), but unfortunately the sun will this week be hiding behind some massive rain clouds.

Two days ago it was so bad that the weather service sent out an Extreme Weather Condition warning. Luckily this area was not hit so bad, except for whole day massive rain, where other areas at the Gold Coast were struck by flooding, you can see pictures from the area here. Pictures are also from the Tropical Cyclone Oswald who struck the coast one week before my arrival.

Beach Closed

The beach is closed due to massive waves constantly hitting the beach

Fortunately the building has a pool so it’s possible to sit and catch the 5 min of sun between each rain shower. Life is not that bad at all.

A place to hide between the rain showers when the beach is closed

A place to hide between the rain showers when the beach is closed

Later today the plan is to go to the Currunmbin wildlife sanctuary, I think I will bring a poncho or a big umbrella, just in case.

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