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Support Wendover Productions on Patreon: https://www.Patreon.com/Wendover Productions Flying is an expensive endeavor, but somehow certain budget airline are able to sell tickets for less than 10 euros. This is how they work. Twitter: www.Twitter.com/WendoverPro Email: WendoverProductions@gmail.com Thanks to Reddit users Phynub and Joey23art for their contributions and fact-checking. Video on "Why Flying is so Expensive": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oe8T3AvydU Last Video on "Immortality Through Quantum Suicide": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RHv_MIIT0 Attributions: http://airinsight.com/2010/07/21/ryanair-fascinating-insight/ Ryanair jet footage courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3t_Vmn-0T5VQz054Jn0Kg under Creative Commons License Air travel graph courtesy Mappy10101 EasyJet photo courtesy Biggerben Scale image courtesy Althepal Ryanair fleet photo and Cabin Crew photo courtesy Ryanair and used under fair use EasyJet fleet photo courtesy Curimedia Pilot photo courtesy Dmitrij.shpilchevskij Airport check-in photo courtesy Leonid Mamchenkov Ryanair interior photo courtesy Ruthann Select Ryanair footage courtesy Amsterdam airport Schiphol German wings flight attendant photo courtesy Oxfordian Kissuth Heathrow Aerial courtesy Panhard Charles de Gaulle aerial courtesy Dmitry Avdeev Heathrow ground photo courtesy Warren Rohner Bucharest airport photo courtesy Cristian Bortes Airline seat icon courtesy Adam Mullin Flight attendant icon courtesy Gabriella Fono Map of French regions courtesy Superbenjamin Regional airport image courtesy Mjrmtg Licenses available upon request Frankfurt Airport time-lapse courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFR5svvUyRJsQ05O-RVFxag Ryanair landing video courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZvweSaAB_DbI-9_9r1ydsA Ryanair takeoff video courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuC-Wa5Djrz1C8XJP9hlk-w Ryanair ground photo courtesy Aeroprints.com Airport line photo courtesy Jaysin Trevino Southwest interior photo courtesy Paul Sullivan Southwest boarding video courtesy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpyjMRp-L7E Southwest flying video courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXuyLR95xUU3Ft8PxT8em9w Baggage handling video courtesy Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Ticketing video courtesy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGPZjepCPGzFTFZNJwJKSSw Ryanair check-in photo courtesy Jhcx Check-in machine photo courtesy frankieleon Jetway photo courtesy Cliff Ryanair stair photo courtesy Juanedc Song, metrojet airlines photo courtesy Anthony92931 Shuttle by United photo courtesy aeroprints.com All images and videos are both royalty free and used under fair use guidelines
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gggggggg (2 hours ago)
Here's how they do it. EVERYTHING on board costs more money, from taking a bag on, to going for a piss. They cram as many in as possible, pay shitty wages, use older aircraft. Better fly other airlines
Madeira Airport Spotting (2 hours ago)
I like to travel by low-cost carriers when I do not have any luggage. Normally the procedures are fast and easy, no panic if my bag is 1cm larger or with more 100gr, just pay less and fly more!
Holly Reinke (1 day ago)
Look, we don’t live in the UK so we didn’t know how Ryanair works. We didn’t know that you had to check in online 2 hours prior to getting to the airport (you generally do that but it’s not compulsory). They made us pay £50 each to check - in (there was 4 of us so £200 which is the equivalent to $400 Australian dollars). This has told me to never use a budget airline again. Ever come to Australia, I can’t recommend QANTAS more!
niccolò (1 day ago)
"trevioso", i think you meant Treviso
luke Millman (2 days ago)
I am no expert on on airline maintenance infact far from it. But with that many flights a day how much are computers relied upon to report faults rather than technical observation. Were these designed to be in the air 24/7?
Infinite Timelapse (2 days ago)
Honestly Ryanair, Easyjet and more are just the handiest Airlines in Europe. I’ve only ever flown with Ryanair. And it’s just a life saver for going holidays, family events etc. I’ll give the other budget Airlines in Europe the same credit, although I’m not sure about the USA.
daleva187goligo (2 days ago)
who gives a shit about europeans? why focus on them? don't give them what the want, they have a real bad snobbery/superiority complex about us, don't cater to those fuckin holier than thou assholes, if they get left out, tough shit, stop complaining like little girls
Michael Lally (3 days ago)
It's a trade off. I flew from Denver to Charlotte, NC a few days ago with spirit airlines. It was a pretty bad experience. But it was also $102 including checking my bag.
Arjeet Singh (4 days ago)
There is a lesion if you see the boring place in a different angle it started moving
Gencturk92 (5 days ago)
the problem with stansted airport is when your going home because unlike heathrow you can jump on the tube, in stansted you have to get a taxi and it costs a lot
Catarina Trindade (5 days ago)
They also pay way less to cabin crew (and probably to flight crew as well) than in a non low cost airline. They don't have cleaners during the turnarounds, so this means that the crew is responsible for passengers safety, beverage service and cleaning. And that's where they save money.
Gencturk92 (5 days ago)
but their not long flights so its not a big deal
TheGabrielChannel (5 days ago)
4:42 Rare footage of a smooth Ryanair landing
Master Mark (5 days ago)
Do i need to swipe my credit card to goto the toilet?
fahad (3 days ago)
soon they will introduce toilet fee
MrThing22 (5 days ago)
3:22 who noticed that the plane landing was alaska airlines
Fogo azul roblox (6 days ago)
they dont butter which is bad
BlandToast (6 days ago)
infinitecanadian (6 days ago)
I think that WestJet has but one airliner to go from Vancouver to Las Vegas and back, with perhaps one in reserve.
Gencturk92 (5 days ago)
i been to toronto and new york with air canada, it was nice. i want to see calgary one day
Christopher Digital (7 days ago)
Advertising on the storage bins wow that's ghetto. It's like the coach section on the movie Soul Plane.
rose cs (8 days ago)
exactly... “london” gatwick, “london” stansted ect are nowhere near london
Gencturk92 (5 days ago)
neither is luton airport
rose cs (8 days ago)
ryanair planes inside are the ugliest things ever the bright yellow and blue hurt my eyes
MJT777X (8 days ago)
Why do people hate these things Respect and be thankful with what you have already Needs more likes Crappy people just hate them for their actions but they're trying their best WTH
SPUDZ_ Nitro (6 days ago)
There Not
Super Koppen (8 days ago)
He said tarmac.
Dario Alberto (8 days ago)
4.40: Trevioso?
Dr23rippa (8 days ago)
Now the sadness is when the Taxi Tram or Pay a friend to take me to the airport cost more than the ticket on the plane! WTF
Michele Bogdan Craciun (8 days ago)
Trevioso What? You read tre vi so. Treviso. Not TREVIOSO. please
Charlie (9 days ago)
What about flydubai? It’s a good budget airline
dave boydell (11 days ago)
If I'm 35000 feet in the air I'll take the better paid unionized flight crew any day thanks!
legaljabori (11 days ago)
I went to london with ryan air the landing was hell
James Ryzlot (11 days ago)
Really - "get there for cheap" ? JR
Skaytacium (12 days ago)
KLM:is runway 30l clear for mayday landing Ryanair:Dude I'm landing okay? Get the becking planes outta there
Nigel K (13 days ago)
Thats why i always fly with KLM tho , they land normal i took a ryanair flight and i felt like i was just getting thrown to the ground
TJ MCHPIE (12 days ago)
Cheap tho lmao
Jeruelle Apigo (13 days ago)
Ryanair will only cost £0.25 because they will charge you for landing, if you want to land. If you want to die, don't pay the extra. Ryanair: You have to pay £60 for the flush, everytime you take a crap. However, the flush is always broken, so you have to bring your own plunger. It only works occasionally. The tissues cost £5, per sheet A seat is £60 extra. If you don't want to pay £60, better stay with their Correctional Class You have to pay £5 extra for the oxygen mask, oh wait, there are no oxygen masks. If you want them to fly the plane, that will be £100. Just fly the plane by yourself, if you're thrifty.
Isa Wafeeq (13 days ago)
6:25 Did I just hear T a r m a c?
Rabbi Mufti Bischop Lord Kek Prince of Kekistan (14 days ago)
*i hope every budget airline aircraft crash all simultaneously.* *greedy fucking jews. Selfish fucking passengers taking a flight for a drunk week-end. ASSHOLES. ASSWARTS.*
DBGMLV (14 days ago)
I just booked a 2 hour each way roundtrip for 30 Euros on Wizzair. The key to booking so cheaply is fly at times with low demand. For example: I'm flying from Dortmund (Germany) to Varna (Bulgaria) on the 7th of December and come back on the 10th.
virat kohli (15 days ago)
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NRA_ Cez (15 days ago)
Ryan air also lands at Bristol airport England which is also a big airport
Kees Manuel (15 days ago)
Ryanair is going on strike again. I am not sure but I think there is only one flight ✈️ from Schiphol Airport with Ryanair. Greetings from https://youtu.be/enSNpLHVW6w
R J (16 days ago)
As someone who has never been on a flight and wants to more than anything else I cannot understand why anyone would want a cheap experience. If I went on a flight I'd want the best experience possible, a large exciting plane and everything free even if it meant a higher cost
贾卢卡 (16 days ago)
Maria Cristina Munteanu (16 days ago)
One important thing that you forgot to mention is that recently, wizz air and ryan air implemented a new rule. In a standard ticket you have included only a backpack. If you want to bring a small troller with you ( 55x40x20), you have to pay extre money ( between 15-20 euros/flight).And let's be serious, who travels around the world with only a backpack. Also, if you want to travel with someone and you want to have a seat near them during the flight, you have to pay between 3 and 5 euros per flight. And for having a seat in front rows of the plane or having just a seat with more space for your feet is also not included in the ticket of the flight.
TRiBaL81 (17 days ago)
EasyJet better than Ryan
DaGameGamer (17 days ago)
7:58 employees has 2 e’s not 1
FullyEnglishBreakfast (17 days ago)
HOW IS RYANAIR CHEAP I HAD TO PAY FOR THESE: 1.Seatbelt 2.Breathing 3.Moving 4.Seatbelt 5.Talking 6.Idk Btw Swiss001 has entered the chat
Alex W. (18 days ago)
I tried budget airlines 2 times before when you add the other small services and expenses, it's more expensive than the regular airlines.
Jodie Buddle (18 days ago)
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AnieNiusika (18 days ago)
Have been a regular on wizzair for years. Really didn't notice a huge difference from a normal airline besides the food.
Diana Riverjackson (18 days ago)
I don’t feel safe flying budget after seeing this video
TheWhiteFlameAnimations (19 days ago)
Spirit Fly with us AND WE’LL SEE! :)
Gwo Gaming (20 days ago)
Huh ryanair is the biggest airline in europe, and its going in georgia Aaaaand its a budget airline how surprising, budget airlines are not so bad
Gabriel Stradivarius (20 days ago)
When will they cut so much that our safety will be severely affected?
Snowly Lika (20 days ago)
When those airlines are maybe very cheap... you can’t trust them. They let you pay for almost every breath you’re taking before boarding the plane or let you not board at all, but you still have to pay for a flight you were not allowed to get on just before boarding. At the end you wished you just had flown with the more expensive airline cuz when you piece everything together they are much cheaper (and friendlier)
Snowly Lika (20 days ago)
MattDSTNY true.... but still. People can still ask you nicely to pay €50 more for that 5kilo baggage than treating you are not allowed to go because you try to communicate in a language they can’t seem to speak. That’s my experience. I would rather pay a little more for a nice, smooth and friendly experience than a stressful experience full of panic attacks cuz people are really not nice. But like I said... my experience. And they shouldn’t ask more money from you like 5 min before you board just because they changed the rules of on board baggage and don’t notify you when they do. Easy money for them
MattDSTNY (20 days ago)
Not really, if I can go to Dublin for like 15-20 pounds I couldn't give a shit what the experience was like. I'm not there to have a great time.
fabienne (21 days ago)
I flew to london from eindhoven with ryanair for 5 euros. Flight was pretty decent as well. Insane.
DerpyPenguin Official (21 days ago)
easyJet flies to Charles De Gaulle tho.
Watch Later (21 days ago)
Very useful.. Thanks
Dylan Koury (21 days ago)
Wow airlines went bankrupt wow
The King (22 days ago)
I paused the ad to give my prediction because I have experienced a budget airline. Their initial cost to fly is cheaper than most airlines, but they get you because the food is mad expensive to get by the fact they’re so cheap. Also Fuck You Spirit. Worst flight experience of my entire 18 year life. I was wrong sadly
Nicolas godoy (22 days ago)
Who wants to open a low cost airline with me now?
Nicolas godoy (19 days ago)
@TasteTheRambo in cuotas xdd
TasteTheRambo (19 days ago)
I’m down but can you buy 151 Boeing 737s real quick? I’ll pay you back.
Th3Hav0c PZ5 (22 days ago)
tArMaC bruh
Kobe Beef (22 days ago)
Ryanair is the worst fucking airline, the name Ryanair just sounds shity so fuck you ryanair
Diamond Rocks 22 (22 days ago)
1:27 the Boeing 737 is grounded now
MattDSTNY (20 days ago)
Only the MAX variant. The 737 is the most popular passenger aircraft in the world so grounding them all would bring the aviation industry to its knees.
Leo Mare (22 days ago)
What the f**k is Trevioso? It's Treviso
sub2willne (22 days ago)
Ryanair. Irish gang rise up
Daniele Romano (22 days ago)
*Treviso :)
Paulo Bauer (23 days ago)
Lufthansa also created "Germanwings"
shane (23 days ago)
Is Thomas cook airlines cheap?
Patrick McVeigh (23 days ago)
beauvais is an awful airport
Helen Butte (23 days ago)
Easyjet flies to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
Emma-rose Vincent (24 days ago)
Omg this is so amazing thank you
Gesù (24 days ago)
trevioso... IT'S TREVISO
Henry Phillips (24 days ago)
In Europe flight attendants HATE Tips! They take massive offence to them and end up putting it in the charity box. You may notice your service level become a little uncomfortable after. I have tried on Long haul and short. They all take offence to tips?! But why?! Whats it like on US domestic flights?
Weißbrot Waigmann (24 days ago)
8:00 That's not 100% true, looking at you, Epic games store
Why are you reading this ? (23 days ago)
Because they aren't competition. They actually actively try to suppress any form of competition with exclusivity deal. This is what makes them shitty and anti consumer and this is the thing that the pro Epic don't seem to realise : people aren't mad because they compete with Steam, they are mad because Epic tries to carves itself a marketplace by removing their competition without improving their service (which is the most anti consumer in the market as far as I know, when even EA is more pro consumer than you you know that you have done an oopsie on that front)
DoktoR SnoonS (24 days ago)
So budget airlines are the Mr. Krabs of airlines?
Esteffen MiamiBeach (24 days ago)
Less less less. Cheap cheap cheap. I rather fly LUFTHANSA
taemons gaming channel (25 days ago)
I fly british air
Mr. S. C. (25 days ago)
After Brexit it will be even cheaper in and out of the UK...because the UK will not be tied to bullshit EU regulations anymore!
X—ReFiNeD—X (25 days ago)
I work at an airport, and I can tell you Ryanair make there money by making check in fees of £55 if you don’t check in online...and they charge you for hand luggage ext...
Pete Lustig (25 days ago)
Yeah well this aint good for consumers more poeple fly cause off the cheap prices and there is much more envirmontel damage
Mustafa T (25 days ago)
Very informative!
William Haynes (26 days ago)
southwest on my last trip was 30% more than AA, I shop around
Gary Robertson (26 days ago)
It’s to bad so called budget Airlines in America didn’t embrace this model. It was cheaper for me to fly from San Francisco to Beijing than San Francisco to New Orleans.
The TimKam (26 days ago)
I've met some Business People who work near Cologne Germany who found a great way. Since they don't know when they are gonna required where, they buy a Ryanair Ticket, a Month before the week starts. Since the Prices are around 10€ they buy one For London, one For Paris, One for Oslo and so on. At Monday they know when to Fly where and just hop into the flight they booked. And since the company is Paying 80€ instead of 125€ for a flight with Lufthansa it's very very easy for them. At the end of the week they fly back and book than from Home the next flights for the next month
Jennix (27 days ago)
Should be more expensive to fly. I don't fly often but last time I did I flew with Ryanair and a few days later got sick. The seats are pretty uncomfortable. And because I don't fly often, when I do I want to have a good experience so it doesn't feel like a waste.
Leo Vl (25 days ago)
Ryanair is pretty cheap, the seats being uncomfortable, but you don't pay a lot, so its what you get
xplane 11 (27 days ago)
everyone who subs to me = 1 sub=rain-forest safe
Nabilah Bamoues (27 days ago)
Thank god for luxury!
Shaun Pierce (27 days ago)
Ryanair get a lot of unwarranted stick from consumers, I've used them five times and never been delayed once whereas I've used EasyJet eleven times and faced delays at least three times.
Niels (27 days ago)
Shaun Pierce Well i used them once and had a delay, honestly not complaining though. 🤣
Misterworldwide (28 days ago)
They don't work and flying is not fucking expensive
Finn Rollins (28 days ago)
SA boiss
PersonFocusGamer (29 days ago)
easyJet > everything else
Ismail Kassabi (29 days ago)
Can I knos the name of the background music please?
Duy Tran (29 days ago)
What books should people get if they want to learn these business principles?
no one: (29 days ago)
u forgot flybe
Kuba Juračka (29 days ago)
having just miraculously survived 2 Ryanair flights, I can confidently say, they are absolute assholes
Karen Reid (30 days ago)
for the lotto cards you get on ryanair i won 50 euro lol (thats irish luck for ya little feckers)
Marc Schmidt (30 days ago)
Have done a 1,5 Day Trip from "Düsseldorf" (Weeze) to London (Standsted) for 9€ with Ryanair. 24€ Parking at the Airport and 11£ for the Bus Standsted-London. And that wasn't even the cheapest Flight. Ryanair sometimes sell's Tickets for 1€ or 2€ across Europe!
dietisgreat (30 days ago)
I was waiting for something about 911 to pop up in this video, I was right
Sylvester Stoter (1 month ago)
Transavia is Dutch
Jack Barnett (1 month ago)
*Roll a montage of RyanAir Emergency Landings*
TheSushiraw (1 month ago)
*Once in 2012, NORWEGIAN bought 120 B737's...*
systemBuilder (1 month ago)
It's just sick that govt and airport bureaucracy is $40+. This is shitty large airlines trying to KILL Southwest airlines by increasing overhead for short-hop airlines, to susidize the biggest airlines! Criminal!