Ryanair CEO: ‘We are serious about charging a toilet fee’

April 10th, 2010 - 8:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Apr 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Even though the move by Ryanair to charge a toilet fee, has come under a lot of fire, but now its CEO O’Leary has confirmed that it was not a mere publicity gimmick or stunt. He says that they are very serious about the proposal, and are also moving forward with it.” We are serious about it,” according to the Ryanair CEO O’Leary.

And this is not all, as there are other plans also afoot to streamline the entire fleet of planes and make all of them more cost effective. Because besides this, they also have plans to reduce the number of toilets on the plane, in a bid to re-use that much space to seat more passengers. So Ryanair is now asking Boeing to redesign the cabins, and to reduce the number of toilets on board.

Soon the on-board passengers would have access to just one toilet, which would be coin-operated and would service all the 189 passengers on board. The airline is thinking about levying a fee of one pound or one euro per toilet-trip, on flights that are of one hour or of a lesser duration.

According to the reports in the Daily Mail, “no-frills [Ryanair] is working with Boeing to redesign the cabin and develop coin-operated toilets on 168 of its planes. Not content with charging passengers for use of the facilities, the airline is also looking at reducing the number of toilets on board, leaving just one available cubicle for up to 189 passengers.”

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