Fooball fans don't have luck of the Irish with budget airlines
Oh dear. So yesterday Ireland were drawn to play France in a World Cup play-off in Paris and with minutes of the news, prices on flights with Ryanair and Aer Lingus rose around 500 per cent. Shameless profiteering on behalf of the airlines? You betcha.
It isn't just fans who are playing hell with the airlines - the political parties are clearly pissed off too, because they've waded into the row. A spokesperson for Fine Gael outlined what went down yesterday:
"Ireland's draw against France took place at 1pm yesterday. At 12.45pm, the cost of a November 17 flight to Paris on the Ryanair website was €24.99 before taxes and charges. At 1.15pm it became €124.99. Aer Lingus flights to Paris on the same date were priced at €30 just three days ago and this morning they similarly ballooned in price."
Of course Ryanair and Aer Lingus don't see it that way, shooting off their excuse of supply and demand, as well as contradicting all criticism by saying they'd artificially inflated the prices of seats before the announcement. Because that makes it better, doesn't it?
"All of Ryanair’s flights to Paris were blocked off at fares of €150 one way prior to the draw, which was still cheaper than Aer Lingus’ fare of €165 one way," said Ryanair's Vice Rear Admiral of communications Stephen McNamara. "In response to the surge in booking since lunchtime, Ryanair has added extra flights and slashed fares to €125 one way”. If by slashed, Stephen, you mean you've reduced them to a price still several times higher than they were 24 hours ago, then yes, you've slashed them. Well done.