26 April 2007
Ryanair: ‘better things to do’ than talk to MPs
Patrick Crozier

You’ve got to admire RyanAir and particularly boss, Michael O’Leary’s attitude to all things political.  He is a true hero-capitalist.

Unfortunately, in the long run I reckon the hyper-sensitive Lilliputians who run this world will eventually get him.  Maybe they’ll lean on the shareholders.  Maybe they’ll legislate his business into bankruptcy.  Maybe they’ll find him guilty on one of their nebulous statutes so written that you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.  We shall see.

But it’ll be fun in the meantime.


  1. O’Leary is a real star - and all his un-PC comments are good for business, too.

    Posted by Alex Singleton on  14 June 2007 at 01:24 am


    As an avid aviation industry enthusiast and as person who is especially sensitive to preserving cultural heritage and sustainable tourism and moreover as a person who has travelled to more than 80 countries worldwide, I would like to say the following concerning low-cost airlines:

    The boom in low-cost airlines and the even larger boom of passengers using low-cost airlines is having devastating effects. First and foremost, I am no scientist and therefore I cannot state or claim with substantial evidence that the increase in aeroplanes has created or is creating climate change - however, I can and would like to comment on several issues being affected by the low-cost craze.

    The low-cost craze culture in Europe is not only gripping the airline industry but also all other walks of life, when the only objective in today’s societies, if there is such a thing as a society today, is to a) get something as cheaply as possible from a customer’s point of view without having any feeling or obligation of responsibility and b) companies and firms who as their only objective seek to make as much profit as possible regardless of any other factors and indeed for their very customers who pay for their goods. This careless attitude and irresponsible void of any responsibility attitude is especially true of the low-cost airline industry in Europe and of the food industry in Europe.

    The disintegration of the low-cost industry in Europe after its initial boom will thankfully taper off reaching a constant and eventually decapitating itself altogether thankfully and there are several factors for this.

    a)  there is no way that such low-cost fares being maintained especially in airlines such as Ryanair without jeopardising or indeed curtailing safety or otherwise
    b)  such airlines receive under the cover grants and pay-outs from governments who are only too happy to keep their mouths shut as such airlines and their boom have created greater circulation of money, that is, greater economic activity
    c)  they do not have any regard for the stranded passengers due to adverse factors such as weather conditions, problems at the airport (s) they choose to operate to and from, cancellations, diversions etc..
    d)  personnel of such airlines are rude (although I do not blame them realising the conditions in which they work), they have to but their own outfits, kit, gear, they are made to pay for overnight accommodation and food themselves, pilots of Ryanair and EasyJet amass approximately 800-900 Euros per month as a salary – in other words they feel dejection, low or almost no morale and basically could not care less for being a pilot with Ryanair for example. Pilots should get what they earn at serious airlines, Euro 8000 – 10000 per month as piloting is probably one of the most difficult jobs around.
    e)  Such aggressive expansion of the low-cost everything mentality will boomerang and it has already boomeranged where some of the most pristine islands in Greece are purposefully shying away such tourists especially and concentrating on wholly entirely different tourism products – those which can sustainably see tourism being a dynamic, healthy and clean industry for years to come. It is better to have less tourism rather than tourism hell-bent on drinking alcohol to an excess and trashing wherever they go.
    f)  Places such as Riga and Tallinn are turning more and more British people away at their major entry point which are their capital city airports since it seems they too are immensely fed up of British antics which include showing their filthy arses in public and drinking to such a point as to collapse into a coma on pavements and in bars and of course the unforgettable vomit. The low-cost tourist fortunately, at least from Britain, is finding himself being turned and shunned away or even refused service because they are British more and more often. Since British people are the mainstay of the low-cost airline, it will inevitably incapacitate greatly the low-cost airline product.

    Yes as you may have already established, I am not the most purported or enthusiastic supporter of low-cost airlines or rather not of the airlines themselves but of that which they stand for. It is not responsible that people can think, and they do, that they can fly from London to Prague for example on a Euro 30 return fare. Such availability and choice for example, ruins and destroys places of particular natural beauty and cultural heritage. Yes tourism is an extremely important industry for countries and cities especially in the former eastern Europe but this needs to be sustainable. You simply cannot have almost 1000 English people per day descending on Prague and wishing to see nothing of this beautiful city – wishing only to do what they indeed do in their own country as well – drink, drink, drink, become extremely vulgar, violent, dirty and trash the place down. The low-cost revolution in flying has not only given access to sincere people wishing to travel who evidently could not previously travel, but alas and it is to a large extent, this revolution has also given rise to dominions of “Anglicanisation or Americanisation” everywhere – eroding traditional cultures, city character, people etc..

    The low-cost airline industry is an industry like all others today where everybody bombarded via the media with beliefs that they can be a person of importance, a celebrity and that they can claim to be able to have a right to everything and anything. YES BUT WHAT ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY AND THE TRUE PRICE OF THIS FREEDOM OF CHOICE OR GOD-GIVEN CHOICE AS IT IS PUT.

    To my mind flying should become a luxury once more and a fun thing to do, it should be an experience in the air where the full monty of aperitifs and a full meal service was served. Too much freedom of choice as it is called has dire negative effects as well, too much capitalism will result in so-called tourism destroying the very essence of it not being able either to re-plenish or re-quench.

    I am only 32 but I feel that I do not belong in this world anymore – it’s as though I am old all of a sudden. Is the low-cost airline industry the only thing of concern to today’s traveler?

    Posted by Victor on  08 August 2007 at 02:54 pm

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