Ryanair’s reserved seating brings civilised travel to Milan flights

Ryanair is holding back its preferred seats on more planes for customers willing to pay to reserve them.

Ryanair's reserved seating brings civilised travel to Milan flights

Avoiding the seat scrum: Ryanair's reservation service will appeal to passengers looking for a fast exit on arrival or more legroom. Source: Tom Raftery/Flickr

Ryanair passengers looking for the best seats on the plane now have a few more options, as long as they are willing to pay for them.

Customers will be able to pre-reserve seats on 11 routes in and out of Milan Bergamo airport from September 22, following a successful trial of the service, the no-frills airline said.

In May, Ryanair began charging passengers €10 (£8) (one-way) to pre-book seats in the front two rows and in over wing emergency exit rows on flights from Dublin to Malaga and Gatwick.

Ryanair spokesperson, Stephen McNamara said there has been positive demand for the service, which is designed to appeal to customers seeking either a faster exit on arrival or more legroom.

It has not yet been announced if the service will be extended to all destinations in Ryanair’s network.

The airline said it will continue to offer its Priority Boarding service on the Milan routes for €5 (one-way).

The seat reservation service marks a departure for Ryanair from its traditional “no-frills” model, as the airline seeks to appeal to a broader customer base – including business travellers.

The carrier recently introduced its new “uncheck” service that allows customers to change a name, date or route on their booking after check-in, for a flat €15 fee – in addition to the airline’s standard charges. Up until last month, customers could not make changes to a Ryanair booking after checking in for flight.

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