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Extras cost passengers EUR628million; AIRLINE.

RYANAIR took almost EUR628million in extra charges last year.

This put the budget airline into fourth place in the list for world airline ancillary revenue for 2008, compiled by American research group IdeaWorks.

Ancillary revenue includes not only baggage charges but also such things as in-flight food and the commission airlines make on hotel bookings, car rental and insurance.

According to IdeaWorks, Ryanair's ancillary revenue last year accounted for 19.3% of its total revenue.

Only American Airlines, United and Delta had more last year than Ryanair, which has just announced a 50% baggage fee increase.

A spokesman for Idea-Works said: "The world's airline industry suffered through 2008 and only survived due to dramatic schedule cutbacks, the slow reversal of fuel prices and an injection of ancillary revenue."

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Date:Sep 11, 2009
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