Friday, February 27, 2009

A £ to Spend a Penny on Ryanair

Michael Gerard Joseph Mary O'Leary gave a stellar performance on the BBC this morning defending Ryanair's decision to get rid of their airport check in facilities and charge people £10 for hold baggage. Under attack from the BBC presenters who suggested it was iniquitous to charge this he managed to attack BAA, BA, all of his competitors, governments and possibly the only one not to get a mention was Barack Obama who is still too early in his presidency to have upset Mr. O'Leary.

The fact is he's right. Their business model is their business model. No one is forcing anyone to fly Ryanair and most airlines are jealous of his ability to get free PR and continue to make money. The fact is that Mr. O'Leary is a master at the smash and grab and so far so good. There's always arguments that say he may have got some of it wrong, but hey as long as it keeps working what the heck. Interestingly there's no sign of his promised standing down from Ryanair. They probably cannot afford him to go.

His other nugget this morning was to suggest spending a £ to spend a penny on Ryanair. They have and are considering charging passengers to use the toilet.

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