easyJet 'UK's most popular airline', Ryanair on the offensive

Bitterwallet - easyJet logoeasyJet is the most popular airline in the UK, ladies and gentlemen. That's according to this just in - from easyJet. The press release also refers to easyJet as the 'UK's national airline', no doubt an example of calculated posturing amongst the strike turmoil for flag-bearing British Airways.

According to the figures provided by the Civil Aviation Authority, in 2009 easyJet carried 28,147,268 passengers - 'significantly more than any other airline' according to the press release. Except it isn't really, at least not according to the same set of figures which show Ryanair in second place with 28,095,201 UK passengers. That's a difference of 52,067 passengers, or less than 0.2 per cent - hardly a difference that can be described as significant.

The press release puts British Airways is third with 26,274,056 passengers carried in 2009, although that figure is adjusted to strip out journeys made by transfer passengers. After that, there's fresh air between BA and fourth place BMI (6.8 million) and fifth place FlyBe (6.75 million).

Interestingly, easyJet deliberately avoids describing themselves as 'the UK's favourite airline'; the press release uses the terms 'the UK's national airline' and 'the UK's most popular airline'. Of course Ryanair refers to itself as 'Britain’s favourite airline', thus opening of another can of ambiguous worms; favourite isn't the same as popular, while Britain isn't the same as the UK.

It's all ammunition for the upcoming airline dogfight that's intensifying between easyJet and Ryanair; after challenging the airline's Stelios Haji-Ioannou to an idiotic 'Sumo Smackdown' in Trafalgar Square, Sky Marshall O'Leary is now blowing air out his hole about easyJet's refusal to publish punctuality figures for its services. O'Leary might have a point, but what kind of businessman puts his name to a press release like this?

"Stelios has so far failed to take up Ryanair’s challenge of a race around Trafalgar Square, or a wheelbarrow race, or even a sumo wrestling bout where Stelios’ obvious talents would give him a significant advantage..."

"Stelios obviously can’t run, but he can’t hide either."

HE'S FAT, WE GET IT, MICHAEL. Bravo to you, sir, for taking the piss out of people for being overweight - a courageous move, for sure. Sadly, it's difficult to care much when you yourself come across as an appallingly offensive jumped-up shit of a man.


  • dunfyboy
    I assume ryanair would charge extra if you want a wheel on your wheelbarrow.
  • Zorba
    I wouldn't say Ryanair is popular, I mean they're used but do people go out of their way to fly with them or is it out of necessity or because they think they're getting a deal? I'm sure I read in the Daily Mail that Ryanair can cause cancer?
  • Nobby
    I wish the sky marshall would put his money where his mouth is. He wants to have a jibe at fat people. Go on then, but do it with the airline too, for the comfort of decent passengers that can resist eating too many cakes and fit into a single seat without gut spillage. Ban fat people from flying Ryanair. The test would be easy. If you cannot fit into a 42" hoop at the security gate, then you are turned away. They could even play a loud siren to flag up to the rest of the passengers that a a fatty had tried to board.
  • wonky h.
    people who fly Ryanair are retarded daily mail readers who just avoid eating disco biscuits all day
  • T. J.
    I think 'Nobby' (considering his comment above) and Ryanair's O 'Leary deserve each other. Two prats. They can fly on Ryanair together with lots of room, while the rest of us fly on proper airlines........
  • Michael
    @ Nobby. No no no. If you can't fit through the hoop, you have to pay an extra £30 to travel as hold luggage
  • If B.
    [...] to new passenger numbers released by the Civil Aviation Authority, easyJet is now the diameter of this cookie. [...]
  • Ryanair B.
    [...] the latest row between two cat-fighting carriers, Ryanair and easyJet (UK’s most popular airline?) are at each other in both the public marketing and courtroom arena over their advertising [...]
  • Dear B.
    [...] latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority would seem to tell a different story about other airlines. Difficult for the consumer to tell up from down, [...]
  • Duncan H.
    "Britain isn’t the same as the UK" Well it is actually. Perhaps you meant "Great Britain". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain#Use_of_the_term_Great_Britain "In 1975 the government affirmed that the term Britain, not Great Britain, could be used as a shortened form of the United Kingdom"

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