•  Last updated on 5 Oct 2023


Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline that has revolutionized air travel in Europe. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland,  Ryanair offers flights to over 225 destinations in 40 countries across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Its business model focuses on short-haul flights, and point-to-point routes between secondary and regional airports. 

Ryanair History

Ryanair was established in 1984 by Tony Ryan, an Irish businessman, with a vision to create an airline that would make air travel accessible to everyone. The airline started its operations with a small fleet of just one aircraft, a 15-seat turboprop plane. Initially, Ryanair focused on serving short-haul routes within Ireland and the United Kingdom, targeting both leisure and business travelers.

In the late 1990s, under the leadership of CEO Michael O'Leary, Ryanair underwent a significant transformation. O'Leary adopted a no-frills business model, cutting costs wherever possible and passing on the savings to passengers in the form of low fares. This approach allowed Ryanair to attract a large customer base and rapidly expand its route network across Europe.

Ryanair Fleet

As of 2023, Ryanair has a fleet of over 500 aircraft, mainly Boeing 737-800, making it one of the largest operators of this aircraft type in the world. The Boeing 737-800 is known for its fuel efficiency and reliability, enabling Ryanair to offer affordable fares while maintaining a high level of operational performance. 

Ryanair has several base airports across Europe, where it operates a significant number of flights. Some of its main base airports include Dublin Airport (DUB) in Ireland, London Stansted Airport (STN) in the United Kingdom, and Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY) in Italy.

Ryanair Staff and Services

Ryanair employs more than 22,000 staff members from various countries, creating a dynamic and multicultural work environment. The airline values its employees and fosters a culture of professionalism, efficiency, and excellent customer service. Ryanair provides comprehensive training programs for its crew members, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver a pleasant and safe travel experience.

Passengers traveling with Ryanair benefit from a range of services and features designed to enhance their journey. The airline offers a user-friendly website and mobile app, enabling passengers to easily search for flights, make bookings, and manage their travel arrangements, like online check-in, seat selection, and real-time flight updates.

Ryanair does not offer any frequent flyer program to the customers at the moment, though it was previously announced that the airline would launch a program where for a fixed cost, clients would get a set pool of 'extras' at no additional charge while booking a flight.

In 2022, Ryanair carried over 142 million passengers, making it the largest European airline by passenger numbers.

Ryanair Route Network

Ryanair operates a vast network of domestic and international flights, using more than 80 airports as its base airports. Some of the main destinations served by Ryanair include:

  • Paris Beauvais Airport (BVA),
  • Berlin Branderburg Airport (BER),
  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN),
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK),
  • Krakow John Paul II Airport (KRK),
  • Paphos Airport (PHO),
  • Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG).

Ryanair Compensation

Our recent data indicates that 182 passengers of Ryanair cancelled or delayed flights submitted their flight compensation claims for the amount of 62750 EUR for the last 7 days.

Data shown are estimates, based on internal databases.

Ryanair, like other European Union airlines, adheres to the EU 261 regulation of 2004 (EC No 261/2004), which provides rights and protections to passengers in cases of flight delays, flight cancellations, and denied boarding. Under this regulation, passengers may be entitled to compensation, assistance, and reimbursement of expenses, depending on the circumstances of the flight disruption.

In case you have experienced a Ryanair flight delay, cancellation or another disruption, you can easily check your flight compensation using the flight compensation calculator below.

This article relies on information from open sources for informational purposes only. While we have taken care to ensure accuracy, we cannot guarantee the completeness or timeliness of the information. We are not liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information presented.

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