Ryanair, Europe’s second largest low-cost airline, will begin assigning seats to all passengers on its flights from February 1, 2014.
Passengers who do not pay the 5 Euro (about $6.70 US) option to select their own seats will be assigned seats by the airline 24 hours before departure.
The announcement of the policy change came as the airline saw slower than expected growth in profits when compared to its growth in passenger numbers. Ryanair’s profits for the six months ending September 2013 grew by just 1 percent even as passenger numbers grew by 2 percent to nearly 49 million.
The airline also recorded a significant (22 percent) increase in revenue due to additional fees during the period.