A Week of ‘No’ to LCCs

Many saw the flood gates opening with Ryanair’s announcement that it wants to charge passengers to use the lavatory and Spirit’s announcement to charge for some carry-on bags.

But now some important people and groups are saying no to those plans.

Taking aim at Spirit, legislation was introduced to the US Senate that would prohibit airlines from charging for carry-on luggage.

And taking aim at Ryanair, Boeing (the manufacturer of Ryanair’s all-737 fleet) said it would not take replace lavatories with seats due to concerns if the aircraft could be safely evacuated. Thankfully–or not–Ryanair believes that unlike Spirit, it won’t have regulatory problems with its penny-pinching plan.

But these actions raise questions. Could Ryanair prove to Boeing it can safely evacuate a 737 with seats instead of some loos? Should the government regulate airline fees?

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4 Responses to A Week of ‘No’ to LCCs

  1. Mark Iliff 15 April, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    Never mind safely evacuating passengers, what about safely evacuating passengers?

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  2. Will Horton 15 April, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Err I think I lost you, Mark. Could you clarify that?

  3. Mark Iliff 16 April, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Take out the loos and the pax can’t… well, work it out for yourself.

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  4. Will Horton 16 April, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    No explanation needed, but for the record Ryanair is looking to leave one loo on board. They are not totally getting rid of them.

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