Ryanair Moves To Fully Allocated Seating
After an overwhelming request from passengers, budget carrier Ryanair announces a plan for fully reserved seating on flights.
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Ryanair has announced a plan to move to fully allocated seating on all of its flights.
The budget carrier said the new system will be in force from February 1.
The move comes after numerous customer complaints about the frenzied rush by passengers to secure the best seats.
The company said in a statement: "This return to allocated seating is Ryanair’s response to the enormous demand from our customers in recent weeks via Ryanair’s 'Tell MOL' customer feedback initiative.
"Ryanair’s decision to launch fully allocated seating is also part of the airline’s commitment to listen to its customers."
The announcement comes as the company revealed a profit rise of just 1% to £510m, in the six months to September 30.
Two months after Ryanair issued its first profit warning in a decade, the Ireland-based firm has now cut its profit forecast further for the financial year ending in March, to £423m and £440m.
It had previously estimated the full-year profit at £487m.
Ryanair, Europe's largest carrier by seats sold, said traffic rose 2% to 49 million passengers in the period, but said intense competition was pushing down winter fares by around 10%.