Ryanair, Europe’s second largest low-cost carrier after easyJet, dismissed a 2013 survey that found the airline’s fares are not the lowest due to hidden fees.
The survey by UK flight search engine WhichAirline.com concluded that flights on Ryanair are more expensive than three other low-cost European airlines when transaction fees and charges for checking in a 20-kg bag are added to the base fare.
The survey found Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines to have the lowest average fare pricing (about $87) in Europe. Wizz Air and Blue Air also have lower fare prices than Ryanair, with easyJet slightly higher based on the survey criteria.
Ryanair described the survey as “silly and misleading” and disagreed with the survey’s average fare price for its flights (about $115). The airline claimed that its average fare was only 40 euros (about $55).
Remembering that Ryanair is notorious for hefty additional fees, especially if any changes are made (increasing the weight of checked luggage, printing a boarding pass at the airport – the list of Ryanair’s fees is quite extensive), it’s best to read all the fine print and compare other airlines’ pricing before purchasing airfare with a low-cost carrier in Europe.