A Short History of the Worst Airline Website with the Cheapest Airfares
Well, looky here. Ryanair is using 2014 to turn a new leaf, beginning with a refreshed website which surprisingly does not assault the eyes. In fact, the new look (above) is rather refreshing, employing cool blues and a touch of warm yellow, not unlike the shades you'd encounter on an ideal beach day.
Ryanair began flying way, way back in 1985. Their website didn't go live until 2000, and it took us until 2003 to book a flight on them (Roma-Ciampino to Barcelona-Girona for 19 Euro, if you're interested). Despite the long history, Ryanair maintained a policy of pairing the ugliest design with the least customer service possible; heck, they only joined Twitter last year, in 2013.
Let's take a quick look back at some of the earlier versions of their website, and the evolution of a sample airfare:
London-Stansted to Venice-Treviso in 2014: from 22.99 GBP
London-Stansted to Venice-Treviso in 2012: from 15.99 GBP
London-Stansted to Venice-Treviso in 2004: from 3.99 GBP
London-Stansted to Venice-Treviso in 2000: from 2.99 GBP
[Images: screenshots, Wayback Machine]