Ryanair passengers could be facing a long wait for the toilet on their next flight.
In a new cost-cutting exercise, Europe’s biggest airline, Ryanair is looking at removing two toilets on-board each plane, and replacing them with six seats, making just one toilet available for up to 189 passengers.
The airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Learys said the changes would bring down airfares, taking about £2 off a typical £40 airfare.
“It would fundamentally lower air fares by about five percent for all passengers”, the airline’s chief executive, O’Leary told The Independent, adding “We’re trying to push Boeing to re-certify the aircraft for six more seats, particularly for short-haul flights.
“We very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft anyway.”
Ryanair is expected to carry about 75 million passengers this year and has a single-type fleet of more than 250 737-800 aircraft.
Last year, Ryanair announced controversial plans to charge passengers for using on-board toilets, but has since dropped the idea.