* Passengers would 'spend a pound to spend a penny': CEO
* Spokesman says no immediate plans introduce fee
(Adds comment from spokesman)
LONDON, Feb 27 Ryanair's (RYA.I) chief executive
said Europe's largest budget carrier might start charging
passengers for using the toilet while flying, but his spokesman
cautioned Michael O'Leary often just made things up at will.
"One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at
again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the
toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound
($1.43) to spend a penny in future," O'Leary told BBC
He said this would not inconvenience passengers travelling
without cash. "I don't think there is anybody in history that
has got on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound."
A spokesman said the airline had considered the fee as a
possible source of extra revenue since passengers had the option
of not using the toilet on board, but added that "maybe O'Leary
was just taking the p*ss this morning".
"Michael makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along and
while this has been discussed internally there are no immediate
plans to introduce it," Stephen McNamara said in a statement.
O'Leary has a reputation as a cost-cutter, expanding Ryanair
by offering low headline fares and charging extra for items such
as additional luggage.
Last week, Ryanair announced it was to shut all check-in
desks at airports and have passengers check in online instead.
"We're all about finding ways of raising discretionary
revenue so we can keep lowering the cost of air travel," he
(Reporting by Tim Castle and Andras Gergely; Editing by Dan
Lalor, John Stonestreet)
($1 = 0.7004 pound)