Ryanair Advert Taken To Task By ASA

Ryanair has been banned from claiming they service 'Brussels Faster And Cheaper' than Eurostar in a press advert.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the term "faster" was "likely to mislead" and breached advertising standards. Ryanair claimed the flight from London Stansted to Brussels Charleroi was 70 minutes and compared this with a 131 minute train journey. However, the ASA pointed out that transfer times between central London and Brussels would add around 105 minutes to the journey times.

The ASA also concluded that the claim "cheaper" was misleading as transfer costs of approximately £8 would have to be added to the travel fares for transfers.

A spokesperson for Ryanair claimed that the ASA was "mathematically challenged" and that the company was seeking to have what he described as the "false ruling" reversed.


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