asyjet and Ryanair are 2 of the biggest "no frills" budget
airlines in Europe carrying well over 130 million passengers per year between
In this article we take a head-to-head look at these 2 airlines. Of the two, Ryanair is more focussed on serving secondary airports and holiday destinations.
Easyjet flies to many primary airports and aims at both business and leisure travellers. Financial data stated below is from the last reported fiscal year.
Easyjet has introduced a flexible fare scheme for business travellers which allows unlimited date changes to be made in a 4 week period and includes speedy boarding, no booking fees and 1 item of checked luggage. Additionally, Easyjet Plus is an annual membership program (costs £119/€139) which offers dedicated check-in and speedy boarding.
Ryanair offers a priority boarding option for passengers. Both carriers are currently experimenting with assigned seating.
Easyjet plc (LSE: EZJ)
Ryanair Ltd (ISEQ: RYA / LSE: RYA / NASDAQ: RYAAY)
Profit after Tax
Ancillary Revenue % (of Total Revenue)
UK / Switzerland / France / Italy / Germany / Spain
UK / Ireland / Italy / Belgium / Spain / Germany / Poland
Passengers / Year
IATA flight code
London Gatwick (LGW)
London Stansted (STN)
Manchester (MAN) to Sharm-el Sheikh (SSH)
Billund (BLL) to Tenerife South (TFS)
Liverpool (LPL) to Isle of Man (IOM)
Valencia (VCN) to Ibiza (IBZ)
167 Airbus A319s (world's largest A319 fleet)
36 Airbus A320s
283 Boeing 737-800 aircraft