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For the Ukrainian air market, 2016 year ended quite favorably: passenger traffic increased and five old airports started functioning again. But in the midst of the economic crisis, Ukrainians were especially waiting for the arrival of the low-costs on the domestic market. Ministry of Infrastructure even elaborated a program on stimulation of budgetary airlines in the country. As a result, after long negotiations, which have lasted for more than a year, came to some agreements. The details are not disclosed yet.
Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan intrigued, saying that March 15, "there will be a joint press conference with one of the largest European low-costs that is going to announce its intention to enter the Ukrainian market." He did not call the name of the company, but the next day, in the code of the Dutch version of Ryanair site, Zhulyany and Lviv airports appeared. These are the two most attractive destinations for the Irish company, which was founded in 1984 by Irishmen Tony Ryan, Christy Ryan, and Liam Lonergan.
Initially, Ryanair had a single route: Waterford - Gatwick Airport (London), now it makes 1,800 flights every day throughout Europe. The company serves over 200 destinations in 33 countries. The aircraft fleet of the airline consists of 360 Boeing 737, another 305 aircraft have been ordered. The net profit for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2016/2017 was 94.7 million euros.
Currently, Wizz Air Hungary low-cost is presented in Ukraine, which continued to carry out part of the flights liquidated in April 2015 by Wizz Air Ukraine. But there were only flights from Kyiv, and Lviv direction was canceled. Ryanair and Wizz Air have been for a long time competing for the title of the most popular low-cost in Europe and, apparently, they will now compete in the Ukrainian market. So, in January it became known that Wizz Air returned to Lviv and opened a new flight to Wroclaw.
Alluring prices of Ryanair
The first advantage of the company is low prices. Currently, in Ukraine, there is no competition on the market of air transportation, and therefore tickets of Ukraine International Airlines are not that cheap. The average ticket price in Ryanair is 33 euro (about 950 UAH). In principle, Ukrainians have been long enjoying Ryanair. However, in Poland. The majority of the scheme is as follows: people reach Krakow / Warsaw, and then go to the EU countries.
For example, the popular tourist city is Paris. During the May holidays, you can get from Warsaw to the French capital for about 32 euros, the price of UIA ticket for Kyiv-Paris flight is 4 thousand 872 UAH. The price of the same ticket in the end of March, will be about 46 euros, and UIA ticket is more than 5 thousand hryvnia.
Of course, the price policy directly depends on the dates. If you buy a ticket in advance, then, for example, you can fly to Spain or Rome for 15-20 euros. Also, the special offers of the company play an important role. For example, often the company offers tickets for 10 euros.
For example, in Poland the company offered tickets for domestic flights at a price of 2 euros.
When buying cheap tickets to Ryanair, remember that this price is only for a passenger with hand luggage (up to 10 kg - 55 x 40 x 20 cm plus a small bag 35 x 20 x 20 cm). If the hand luggage exceeds these dimensions, the passenger will have to pay 50 euros. If the checked baggage exceeds the permissible weight, it is necessary to pay extra money.
There is also a small catch with check-in. It is necessary to go online and print out a boarding pass to show it at the check-in counter at the airport. Direct registration for the flight at the airport is paid - 45 euros. This is the practice for most budget airlines.
In fact, Ryanair’s low prices is the basic tariff to get from point A to point B. For everything else, like drinks on board or a place by the window, you have to pay. Not all directions provide choosing a specific place in the plane, and the arrival of passengers on board often resembles a certain race. Also, buses are not always served, not to mention the telescopic ladder to get on the plane. Planes are parked near the terminal, and passengers have to walk.
Now Ryanair flies to 32 European countries and one country on the African continent - Morocco. In general, the company works with 200 airports. The most popular flights are to Barcelona, Malaga, Rome, Paris, Dublin, Ibiza, and Tenerife. Of course, for Ukrainians the route network will be different. In addition to popular tourist cities, there is a request for flights to Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.
The company does not have flight connections to Russia and Belarus. The largest hubs are London (Stansted), Girona Airport (Spain), Brussels-Charleroi, Cologne airports, and Dublin.
Ryanair is on the list of the most reliable carriers in the world. During its entire history, not a single accident happened that would have led to casualties.