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Ryanair is Europe’s largest low-cost airline and is one of the largest and most successful airlines in the world – budget carriers and otherwise. The idea that a budget carrier is one of the most profitable airlines in the world might seem strange, but it’s true. Ryanair is based in Dublin, though its largest base is London Stansted Airport. It operates a staggering 360+ routes to 22 countries.

Instead of operating on a one-hub system, Ryanair maintains a long list of focus cities: Dublin, London, Rome, Pisa, Bergamo, Frankfurt-Hahn, Cork, Liverpool, Girona, Stockholm, Shannon, Brussels, East Midlands, Madrid, Marseille, Glasgow, Bremen and Weeze. Most of the airports it flies to are not that city’s major airport, meaning the costs to the airline (and therefore the passenger) are lower, but also that the airport might be further away from the city centers. Be sure that your airfare savings isn’t being eaten up by a longer taxi or bus ride from the airport to your ultimate destination.

Ryanair attempted to take over Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, in 2006, but ultimately withdrew the offer. More recently, Ryanair is rumored to be looking into entering the space travel business as a competitor to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company.

Of course, all that cost savings has to come at a price somewhere, right? Ryanair is not without its critics, who don’t like the company’s union policies, hidden fees and customer service. In late 2006, it had the dubious distinction of receiving more complaints than any other airline in the European Union. The airline seems to take its “no frills” stance to heart and expects its customers to do the same. Clearly, whatever faults Ryanair has, most of its customers continue to come back for its reliably low fares.

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