Even though I only joined 2 weeks ago, I have followed a.net for a several years and have seen such "bashing", and would just like to make come comments on the OP's post and other posters, as I think the discussion so far here is very intelligent, civil, and well thought out.
|Quoting Irishbean (Thread starter):|
They have revolutionized the Airline industry in Europe and have made travel accessible to millions of people whom would never have dreamed of holidays before
I agree that they have revolutionized it, but for many, especially those who travelled back when you dressed in your best clothes to go flying, they like having everything included, a hot meal, beverages, etc. For the newer generation, we understand and sometimes enjoy the "no frills" concept of flying, but, a real life example. My grandparent's, who travel fairly frequently, hate flying LCC's and "no frills" carriers because they were very used to what I desribed above, and they are 70, so they aren't going to change.
I however, don't mind LCC's at all, their business concept is excellent (both from a consumer and business point of view), and offers me a cheaper option for travel. Speaking fiscally, this also helps out destination economies as more and more people can travel there generating more revenues for the many tourism related industries.
|Quoting PITIngres (Reply 2):|
I think it offends their elitist sense of style. Flying should be expensive and we should all dress up to get on the airplane.
Even though there are ignorant people who fit this descirption (trust me, my neighboiurhood is full of them, apparently Y is a horrible experience to some of my peers
), it is not necessarily elitist, but like I said above, there are some older generations out there that believe this because this is how they grew up. Flying on a plane was not like taking a bus, it was a privilege shared by those who were financially prosperous. So now when these individuals board an aircraft and see everything being charged for (including baggage, etc.), it says to them that what was once prestigious has been downgraded (even though to much of the newer generation, including myself, it is a revolution). I don't know if you implied this, but I want to state it anyway. As I said above, many of my peers and their parent's think Y is the worst possible experience, and only C or F is appropriate, even when only flying YYZ
(40 minutes airtime). I want to note that my wealthiest friend, always flies in Y, usually YYZ
, and YYZ
. Just found it interesting that there are people who think flying should be prestigious and C or F, yet someone who has the money to travel C or F if they so choose, on any trip, refuses to fly it unless he redeems his AAdvantage miles, which he has only done once, but I digress.
Sums up my main point completely.
Basically, in a nutshell, I agree, the Ryanair bashing is getting really old and if you do not like their business model and want to be pampered, pay an extra few hundred or thousand dollars. I for one don't know if I like the extent that they go to for low fares, but the closesnt airline to Ryanair in NA
. Not extremely low-fare as FR
, but still considered, to the "elitist", to be a cheap and unfortunate way to travel, yet I usually have a better experience overall on WN
out of BUF
than any of my US experiences out of YYZ
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