Sorry for this long post, I feel I am in a converstaion....
Yes, it's not as easy as that, but my comment was more general in nature.
I too have seen businessmen on my flights with Ryanair, and who knows, maybe in the future we'll see more of them electing to save big money by flying with Easyjet etc.
I still think there are and will be, plenty of 'core' BA, LH, AF etc. customers in the future-I may be totally wrong, but I just have doubts about the main carriers disappearing completely from Europe-as I said earlier, I beleive there will always be high-yield demand on certain 'key' business routes (Frankfurt & London, London & Paris, Zurich & Milan etc. etc...)
That's why I think BA will shortly be announcing cuts in it's European network-but only on routes where it clearly has no future, ie. the smaller Euro cities such as Naples, Zagreb, Venice etc.; at the same time, I'm pretty certain all the main routes will still be there.
As an example, my father travels regularly on business within Europe, using Heathrow as a base. Ok, he's not paying the fare, but his employer expects him to be in Frankfurt on-time, and for his ticket to be fully-flexible. In their eyes, BA provides exactly what they need-reliability, flexibility and a nice choice of schedules every day.
Heathrow is no problem, as it's well-connected by the Heathrow Express train to Paddington (15 minutes). BA flies into FRA; again, it's close and convenient.
Many of you have said this already, but HHN is just a bit too far from FRA to be attactive to people such as my father-and my dad simply isn't interested in Stansted.
And whilst I don't care about no food (saves money!), he actually enjoys his glass of morning champagne and 'herb' salad on a 6am flight out to Athens, or wherever.
I'm all for Ryanair, I think they're great, although I don't think they are really a problem on core business routes within Europe, such as those I mentioned above.
No-frills airlines are mainly eating up the more peripheral routes in my mind.
Ok, I'm ready to be proved wrong now, or in the future!