Ryanair further extends reserved-seating strategy

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Ryanair has again increased the number of rows covered by its reserved-seating option, from six to eight.

Two additional over-wing rows join the two front, two rear, and two over-wing rows already encompassed by the paid-for ancillary service.

The Irish budget carrier cited reserved seating as a major factor in its ancillary revenues growing a fifth in the last three months of 2012. In the same period, passenger numbers rose 3%.

Having rolled the service out in January 2012 after a trial period, Ryanair boosted the reserved-seating area from four to six rows from 1 November.