If you’ve been using Ryanair as your budget airline and you haven’t used their app, I advise that you do. The app gives the convenience of not having to print boarding passes on paper several days before your actual flight and then trying not to lose that piece of paper.
I know many people have a love-hate relationship with Ryanair, loving the cheap flights they offer but hating the way the airline tries to get money from its customers through fees and charges. I personally don’t like how their website was set up, so I also had doubts about the app at first.
However, I found the app to be useful and very easy to access and navigate. In this article, I will discuss the Ryanair app, its features, and how to download, install, and use it. If you want to find out more about the app, continue reading below.
- Looking Into Ryanair As An Airline
- Examining The Ryanair App
- Launch And Evolution Of The Ryanair Mobile App
- Downloading And Installing The Ryanair Mobile App
- How To Use The Ryanair Mobile App
Looking Into Ryanair As An Airline
Before delving into the app, I want to talk about Ryanair as an airline. This ultra-low-cost carrier is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and has over 400 Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its fleet globally.
The airline operates out of 84 bases, the largest of which is at London-Stansted with 44 airplanes, followed by its home base at Dublin Airport. These bases connect 35 countries across Europe and North Africa, but some non-base airports serve more Ryanair flights and/or destinations than a few of these bases.
Ryanair became the largest European budget airline by scheduled passengers flown in 2016. According to numbers, it has carried more international passengers than any other airline.
A Brief History Of Ryanair
Ryanair started as a small airline in 1984 that carried passengers from Waterford to London Gatwick. Co-founders Christopher Ryan, Liam Lonergan, and Tony Ryan started the airline and originally named it Danren Enterprises but was shortly renamed Ryanair.
The airline restructured in 1990 and began its low fares model based on the system used by Southwest Airlines. The company used the deregulation of the airline industry in Europe in 1992 as an opportunity to expand, and it began buying more aircraft.
Ryanair’s website was launched in 2000, and its mobile apps were introduced in 2014. It abandoned its single airline strategy in 2018 and started launching new brands, including the Ryanair Sun subsidiary in Poland, the Austrian-based Lauda, and Malta Air in the Mediterranean country of Malta.
Launch And Evolution Of The Ryanair Mobile App
As I mentioned earlier, the Ryanair mobile app was introduced by the airline in 2014. It was made available for both iOS and Android devices.
The app enabled passengers to make flights, hotels, and car hire bookings, view live flight information, check-in, and download mobile boarding passes.
In 2017, the mobile app received updates with the addition of one-touch mobile payments, one-click options for seat reservation and upgrade, and rating tools for flights and boarding processes.
The upgrades were part of Ryanair’s third annual Always Getting Better program that year.
Most Recent Ryanair Mobile App Update
This year, the airline launched a new in-app health passport feature. Ryanair developed this feature to allow passengers to prove their vaccination status ahead of the airline’s plans for its summer schedule.
The in-app solution called COVID-19 Travel Wallet will enable customers to upload and save their COVID-19 documents into the app. These documents include negative test certificates, vaccination certificates, and any other travel requirements required by governments in their places of origin and destination.
Uploading of these documents can be done by a passenger during the check-in process.
Downloading And Installing The Ryanair Mobile App
The Ryanair mobile app is available to both Android device owners and iOS users. This actually benefits me as a user of both platforms. I’ve installed the app on both my Android smartphone and my iPhone so that I can be able to access the app with either one.
For Android users, open the Google Play Store and search for the app. You will find it under the Travel & Local category under the name Ryanair – Cheapest Fares. The app is currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars based on almost 200,000 reviews from users.
The Android version of the app has a file size of 97 MB and requires your device to be running Android 7.0 and up to function correctly. Once you’re ready, tap on the Install button to start the download and installation process.
Ryanair Mobile App For iOS
Meanwhile, iOS device users may search for the app on the Apple App Store and will find it under the Travel category. The app has a current rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on more than 320,000 reviews from users.
This version of the app has a bigger file size than its Android counterpart. It requires a free space of at least 141.7 MB, and your iPhone or iPod Touch should be running on iOS 12.0 or later.
Tap on the Get button to start downloading the app. Once everything’s downloaded, it will automatically install.
How To Use The Ryanair Mobile App
Once I’ve downloaded and installed the app on my phone, I opened it and found that I needed to sign up for an account using either my Facebook or Google profiles. I opted to use Google and entered my email in the registration form.
After logging into my account, I was taken to the Home screen, where I saw a Book a flight button in the middle. Tapping on the Book a flight button will direct you to a new page where you can select your point of origin, destination, return flights, and flight schedules.
I will later discuss how to book a flight using the app. If you’ve booked a flight using your account with Ryanair before, it will most likely auto-fill the personal information if you’re booking a flight for yourself.
Other Features Of The Ryanair App
I also noticed several other options on the Home screen, including My Flight, Boarding Passes, Inflight Magazine, Tickets, Car Hire, and Hotels. The My flight option will show you the flights that you’ve already booked.
The Boarding Passes option will list all the boarding passes you’ve generated and saved using the app. The Inflight Magazine is like a digital form of the inflight magazines you will see on the plane. The Tickets tab lets you see the electronic tickets from your bookings.
Lastly, the Car Hire and Hotels are tools you can use to hire a vehicle or book a hotel at your destination. The app will list its recommended car rental services and hotel accommodations in the area of your choice.
How To Book A Flight With The Ryanair Mobile App
I earlier mentioned that the Book a flight button can be seen at the center of the home screen. Tap this button, and it will take you to another page where you can input your place of origin and destination. You can also choose whether it’s a one-way flight or you’ll need a return flight.
Select the cities or airports and make sure that you don’t mix up the From and To locations. Next, select the fly-out date if it’s a one-way booking, but you will also input the fly-back date if it’s two-way. Once you’re done, press the Let’s go button.
You will then be taken to a page where you will find all the available flights based on your location and flight dates. Select your desired flight and the type of service you will get, namely Value, Regular, Plus, or Flexi Plus. Press Continue once you’re finished.
Seat Selection, Bags, And Other Flight Essentials
After choosing your flights, you will need to enter the passenger details. If you’re booking a flight for yourself, the app will automatically fill out the information based on your registration details. But if you’re booking for someone else, input the necessary information.
You will then be taken to the seat selection tab, where you can tap on which seat is available and applicable to your booking. After this, you will see a bag selection screen to choose which type of carry-ons or check-in bags you will bring.
A screen for other in-flight essentials will appear once you’re done. Here you can decide if you want to have services like inflight food, insurance, car hire, and airport parking. Tap on Pay Now to input your payment details and complete the booking process.
Overall, my experience using the Ryanair app was a smooth one. Aside from competing with other users for the budget flights that are booked almost immediately, I pretty much did not encounter any problems using it.
Despite the bad reputation of Ryanair in terms of customer service and its website, I think that the mobile app does a great job in terms of booking flights, generating boarding passes, and even with its car services and hotel recommendations. If you’re booking your next flight with Ryanair, I recommend that you use the app.