Another farce from Ryanair. BA
is trying to protect its margins in the face of rising oil prices, and I find that fair (pardon the pun) enough - at least they're open enough to say what it costs and what its for. Ryanair, which doesn't publish fares, can just massage their what they charge each passenger upwards through controlled yield management, thereby not directly appearing to apply a surcharge but effectively extracting more money from their passengers.
Furthermore, O'Leary has said that the rising oil price COULD take $50 million off of Ryanair's profits this year, because the airline hasn't hedged its fuel - but I bet it won't (see above). Any other CEO that messed up to that extent and cost his company $50m would be fired... Now there's a thought!