Jan Kubr

How come air travel is so cheap?

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2008 at 10:17

I still don’t get it. Steven Leckart created this chart for Wired showing how Ryanair’s covers the costs of flying a passenger:

Now that’s cool, but not everyone has two bags and hardly anyone buys anything on board. Does it mean a few people having many bags and buying so much water pay what it costs to get all the other passengers to destination?

Or are they just terribly losing money.

  1. I still can’t believe that people don’t clear their credit card balances every month and as a result end up paying > 15% interest.

    It’s the same kind of people who subsidise flights for others on Ryanair. A lot of people might only check in 1 bag but if they go over the weight limit for that bag they pay an extra $10 per kilo. Also it only takes a few people to buy an overpriced bottle of water, sandwich and muffin for Ryanair to hit their average revenue per customer. On top of that I gather that they’re now selling lottery scratch cards as well *kerching*.

  2. I guess the chart is just an example then. Because it basically says each ticket is subsidized by one bottle of water..

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