Ryanair passengers receive website closure warning

by Alister POOLE on May 14, 2012

Thousands of Ryanair customers, set to travel this weekend, have been advised by the airline to make use of web-check in services before Friday night - or face having to pay extra once they arrive at the airport.

The budget carrier’s website is to be closed for routine maintenance as of 10pm on Friday night and will not be opened until the early hours of Sunday morning, meaning that passengers will then be unable to print their boarding passes off. Ryanair insists that all of its passengers print off their own boarding passes no earlier than a fortnight before but no less than just four hours before they are scheduled to depart.

Fliers are charged £60 if they must be issued with a boarding pass by Ryanair staff at the airport. The airline has insisted that passengers will be contacted by email, with anyone that is due to fly either on Saturday or Sunday encouraged to make sure they they check in before 4pm Friday night.

The website closure might affect football fans that will be heading to Munich to watch the UEFA  Champions League final contested between Chelsea and hometown club Bayern Munich on Saturday evening. Ryanair said that the changes are to improve its website’s speed while passengers will be able to receive regular text alerts whenever severe disruptions to flights occur.

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