Ryanair Announces Changes to its Optional Priority Boarding Service
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (19th May) announced changes to its optional priority boarding service which allows passengers to be first to board their flights. Airport check-in passengers currently pay £4/ €5 for this service, while web check-in passengers receive this service free of charge in order to promote online check-in.
From 3rd June, Ryanair’s new web check-in/ priority boarding policy will be as follows:
Ø Web check-in will continue to be free of charge.
Ø Web check-in passengers will no longer receive priority boarding free of charge.
Ø Web check-in passengers will pay the same £4/ €5 fee payable by airport check-in passengers for priority boarding.
Ø All passengers can pay for priority boarding either at the time of booking or at the airport.
From 3rd June, Ryanair will also introduce an online name change facility which will allow passengers to make name changes up to 24 hours before travel. This service was previously only available through the Ryanair call centre.
Speaking today, Ryanair’s Lorna Farren said:
“These new charges will make the sale of priority boarding fairer for all passengers. Because of the success of our web check-in facility (which allows passengers to avoid airport queues) many flights are now selling out all of our allocation of 80 (40%) of priority boarding seats. By charging the same fee for priority boarding for both web check-in and airport check-in passengers, we hope to ensure that priority boarding seats will always be available for sale at airports for family members and groups who wish to purchase it. These changes will become available for all bookings made on/ after 3rd June 2008.”