On a wing and a prayer - how budget airlines fly for less
It's the question that consumes the mind of Sky Marshall O'Leary every waking moment of the day; how can Ryanair squeeze a few more pence out the cost of flying? There are rumours that O'Leary has already bought Michael Jackson's oxygen chamber to enhance his frugal thinking neurons. It's a worthwhile investment, if true, because for every penny per passenger per flight that the airline can shave off the cost of operations, Ryanair save over half a million quid a year.
The biggest savings come simply from packing passengers in like sardines; a budget airline rams 20 more seats into the same space, compared to a full-price carrier. As we know (and as the illustration explains) airline operators rely on a combination of factors to deliver low-cost air travel, which is why the Sky Marshall wouldn't hesitate to ask passengers to remove their limbs if he could get away with it.