Founded in 1985 with a single aircraft, family business Ryanair has grown to become Europe’s foremost ‘ultra low cost’ carrier; providing budget flights to some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Ryanair have changed the face of world travel, making flying abroad accessible to the masses. While the service offered is ‘no-frills’, Ryanair’s ethos is to get you from A to B as inexpensively and reliably as possible. If you don’t mind missing a few in-flight luxuries, you’ll find yourself in a top European destination with spending money to spare. Although Ryanair does not yet operate flights to the Middle East or anywhere outside of Europe, it has expressed interest in expanding its network of flights in the future.

*Information on this page is correct as of March 2017

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Why Fly with Ryanair

How to Check In

Please note that airport check in is no longer available for any Ryanair flight except for Business Plus passengers who can enjoy this privilege free of charge. Checking in online can be done via the ‘Manage My Booking’ function on the Ryanair website. Check-in opening times vary depending on whether or not you have purchased a seat. Those who have bought a seat can check-in up to 30 days before flights, while those who have not can check-in from 4 days up to 2 hours before departure. Passengers intending to be abroad for longer than 7 days will need to ensure they are able to print their boarding pass from their destination. Failure to produce a boarding pass on arrival at the airport will incur a 275AED* charge. Also note, once checked in, no further changes may be made to flights or seating. Arrival at the boarding gate should be no later than 30 minutes before departure as late passengers may not be permitted to board. If checking in luggage, ensure additional time is allocated in order to take it to the ‘bag drop’ which closes 40 minutes before take-off.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Every passenger is now entitled to take two pieces of cabin luggage; one small and one carry-on size. The carry-on size must weigh no more than 10kg and measure a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. The small bag must be no larger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm. Due to cabin space restrictions only 90 large cabin bags can be carried on the aircraft; the rest will be carried free of charge in the hold. Be warned, if a bag is classed as ‘oversized’ if will be placed in the hold at a cost of 200AED* to the passenger. Hold baggage entitlement for each passenger is a maximum of three pieces. There are options on the website to purchase either 15kg or 20kg of checked baggage. This can be done at the point of booking in the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the Ryanair website. Fees for baggage vary dependent on whether booked online or at the airport and on the season. Prices are each way and ranges from 15kg at 60AED* booked online, to 120AED* paying at the airport. 20kg items start at 100AED* each way. Sports or musical equipment has to be pre-paid online and carries a charge of 230AED*.


Customers flying Ryanair can choose allocated seating for a fee. This can be done at the time of booking, up to 2 hours before departure. Extra legroom seats are available starting at 43AED*, while Priority seating is priced from 27AED* - both options also include priority boarding free of charge. All other ‘standard’ seats can be reserved from as little as 8AED*. Regular seats can be supplement with ‘Priority Boarding’ starting from 20AED* in order to be one of the first to board the flight. Passengers who do not wish to pay for allocated seating will be seated in the remaining seats upon boarding.

Booking Fees

Those paying with a credit card will be charged a 2% handling fee. Passengers can avoid this additional charge by paying by debit card instead. Those needing another boarding card issued at the airport will have to pay a surcharge of 60AED*.

* These prices are converted from EUR to AED and correct as of March 2017. Always check with the airline for the most up-to-date price conversion.


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