Ryanair will fly more slowly to save money

Europe's largest low-cost carrier says it's easing up on speed to cut down on sky-high fuel costs.

By Kim Peterson Jul 30, 2013 12:29PM
Ryanair Boeing 737 (© Jens Schlueter/DAPD/AP)If you want to save money on fuel, take your foot off the gas pedal. The rule applies to planes as well as cars, and it's one that Ryanair is taking to heart.

The low-cost airline says fuel has become so expensive that it makes up 47% of its total operating costs, reports The Financial Times. So Ryanair is going to slow down in order to rein in those fuel costs.

"We're flying slightly slower, but what we're seeing is we're burning less fuel," Howard Millar, chief financial officer, told the newspaper. Fuel is the company's largest cost, he added.

Passengers probably won't notice. The slower speeds will only add about two minutes to every hour of flying time.

Ryanair has been so desperate to save on fuel costs that it even reduced the size of its in-flight magazine and printed the in-flight menu on it as well. That move alone cut thousands of dollars off of annual fuel costs, The Telegraph reported.

Ryanair is also moving ahead with plans to charge passengers to use the lavatory. The airline is considering charging 1 euro or 1 British pound (about $1.33 to $1.52) to use the restroom.

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Jul 30, 2013 2:01PM
How about forcing everyone to use the biffy before boarding - that'll save a sh!tload of weight too.
Jul 30, 2013 12:36PM
a dollar to use the restroom? that's a bit much... in fact.. that just cheap... I won't fly on this airline if they do this...
Jul 30, 2013 3:33PM

How much do they charge if you just take a dump in the aisle?

Jul 30, 2013 2:14PM
Slower flights mean more lavatory revenue - Wow! Marketing genious! Win! Win!
Jul 30, 2013 1:09PM
I think Ryanair's next move might be a new charge. When they sell you a ticket they will ask if you want wings with that.
Jul 30, 2013 1:42PM
Please roll up your sleeve sir we need to lighten up the load by 1 pint before you board! Saves lives and fuel. Just make sure you don't have any Ryan air connecting flights, you might run out!
Jul 30, 2013 2:09PM
Sounds like its time to insert a cath and have no worries.....For those of you who have not flown with them, you also do not have an assigned seat so must rush to get a seat.  However, they have been super cheap in the past.
Jul 30, 2013 3:29PM
I quit flying years ago except in cases of dire family emergency. Paytoilets? I'm not surprised. They gotta make the CEOs' bonuses somehow.
Jul 30, 2013 2:09PM

I have seen passengers head to bathroom even while boarding, they have not yeat reached their seat but they move towards the bathroom; and not just for a leak but a big smell bomb. You can off load at the terminal people. You dont have to wait till you board. Follow some common courtesy and help out.


But for charging for restroom on longer than one hour flights is a bit much, especially when you are selling food and drinks along with Coffee (a known diuretic). At that point restraunt rules should apply and they must provide free bathroom.


The urge for relieving  oneself is also connected to change in the atmospheric pressure. With the lowering of the pressure, our body tissue can collect water creating a dehydrating situation and hence the airlines need to provide drinks to keep people hydrated. Once he flight starts descending  the pressure can build up and need to go to bathroom happens. I guess the pilots will make everyone use bathroom multiple times per flight if they start charging for it.

Jul 30, 2013 3:17PM
All these airlines will keep on making changes and make flying such an unpleasant experience that people will, along with the abuse at the security check, say enough and stay home or just drive to a vacation spot nearby.

People have to just say no, like with the criminals who control the oil companies, and boycott.  Give it about a month and see how the mighty airlines will go broke and do anything to get us back into the seats.
Jul 30, 2013 3:41PM
Their approach to flying slower is actually a good idea. They might go even slower than they do now maybe adding 20 minutes to a 3-4 hour flight. The reason is that the faster you go the greater amount of fuel is used , but not in a 1 to 1 ratio, but in a 3 to 1 ratio. That kind of savings could really add up.
Jul 30, 2013 3:56PM

I would rather take a dump in the seatback pocket than pay to use the lav.

The barf bag can do double duty as a fecal container.

Jul 30, 2013 3:39PM
I avoid Ryanair as much as possible.  The CEO is fee crazy.  I fly reputable airlines when in Ireland or over seas like Aer Lingus, great airline, or Air France, another great airline.  I add to that list KLM as well.  I will even fly American or United before I fly with Ryan, I have my hand in your pocket, Air.  Even BA is better than this group.  And I will urinate in the aisle before I pay to use ANYONES potty!!!
Jul 30, 2013 3:36PM
I would bet that senior citizens would be able to create a class action lawsuit that would stop that, simply because seniors would need to use the bathroom more frequently and urgently than younger passengers. I know because I am a senior.
Jul 30, 2013 3:48PM
Gee, I bet that Ryanair won't think that that's a really good move if passengers start taking a dump on the seats.
Jul 30, 2013 12:50PM
Usually when on airline tries something the rest seem to follow.  Let's see what happens with this. 
Jul 30, 2013 1:59PM
I told everyone here that airlines would soon charge to use the bathroom.
Jul 30, 2013 3:54PM
Maybe next they'll have us all flying naked to save money on weight. We will have to ship our luggage and pay for that. Maybe even throw up in a trash can at the gate to save some weight.
Jul 30, 2013 3:43PM
okay fine lol  they can fly aslower if they want, jsut as long as they dont fall out of thesky,  bett eryet they should take off the wings,  get a team of horses and just have the horse pull the jet,  lot sheaper than buying jet fuel
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