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By Steffan Ileman     Oct 12, 2011 in Travel
Ryanair, the European low-cost carrier has announced that it will remove two of the three toilets on board its Boeing 737 aircraft.
According to reports by the British dailies The Independent and Mirror, and Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter, Ryanair will remove two of the three toilets to make room for six extra seats. The low-cost carrier is calculating that the move will make it possible to cut down its fares by five percent. The airline had come under intense criticism after announcing plans to charge passengers for using the toilets. Now, it says, there will be no fee but fewer toilets.
Ryanair’s fleet consists entirely of Boeing 737-800 aircraft certified for a maximum of 189 passengers, the number the airline opted to carry in its 250 strong fleet. Company CEO Michael O’Leary said it's rare that all the three toilets are used and one should be sufficient. O'Leary is known for his off-the-cuff, candid remarks and his wacky sense of humour .
A Boeing spokesman said the company always listens to its customers’ needs but doesn’t discuss them publicly.
Ryanair is currently under investigation by Britain’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for the fees it charges for debit and credit cards.
This is another innovative gimmick by the Irish discount carrier to cut down costs or fares or increase revenue, and remains to be seen if it will work as intended or backfire in fewer bookings. The airline is popular with bargain hunters from Europe and North America and is a big thorn on the side for major carriers such as British Airways for predatory pricing.
There are rumours, as yet unconfirmed, that the airline may replace its air sickness bags with an all-purpose plastic bag.
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