Ryanair voted least popular short-haul airline: Passengers complain about extra charges on company's flights
Irish carrier scores just 34 per cent in table compiled by WhichBest rated was Swiss with 82 per cent and several five-star ratings

Ray Massey


02:48 GMT, 20 December 2012



08:05 GMT, 20 December 2012

Ryanair is the least popular short-haul airline, finishing bottom of a new league-table – thanks mainly to its many add-on charges, a new survey by consumer magazine Which reveals today.

The Irish low-fare carrier had an overall satisfaction score of just 34 per cent in a table compiled from Which members' votes.

Ryanair was 16th and last in the table which was compiled from views of passengers on a home-bound flight in the 12 months to October.

Rough landing: Ryanair fared poorly in the survey of airlines by Which, the consumer champion

Rough landing: Ryanair fared poorly in the survey of airlines by Which, the consumer champion


Swiss 82 per cent

Turkish Airlines 78 per cent

Lufthansa 75 per cent

Aer Lingus 74 per cent

KLM 67 per cent

British Airways 67 per cent

SAS 65 per cent

TAP Portugal 64 per cent

Air Malta 62 per cent

Jet2.com 61 per cent

Flybe 59 per cent

EasyJet 54 per cent

Monarch 47 per cent

Thomson Airways 45 per cent

Thomas Cook Airlines 36 per cent

Ryanair 34 per cent

Which said: ‘We were inundated with comments about Ryanair – many about its extra charges.

This partly accounts for the paltry one-star ratings for baggage allowance, boarding arrangements, seat allocation, and food and drinks.’

By contrast, the most popular short-haul airline was Swiss, with an overall score of 82% and a maximum five-star score on a number of the rating categories.

These included check-in process, baggage allowance, seating allocation and airline staff.
Second in the table was Turkish Airlines with a score of 78%, with German carrier Lufthansa third, Aer Lingus fourth and KLM fifth.

Only airlines which received at least 30 responses were considered.

Swiss's results were based on 59 responses, Turkish Airlines on 38, Lufthansa 74 and Aer Lingus 65.

Ryanair's results were based on 563 responses.

In 15th place was Thomas Cook Airlines with a score of 36 per cent, with Thomson Airways 14th on 45 per cent and Monarch 13th with 47 per cent.

Swiss's customers spoke of the staff's ‘politeness and great service’, while Turkish Airlines was the only carrier to get more than three stars in the food and drink category.