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Average price (return flight)

£193(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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£118or less

Good deal one-way

£64or less

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KLM
Overall score based on 3,672 reviews
7.9
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
7.4
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "I liked how generous they were with food and drinks"
Cons: "Free WiFi could have made the flight a lot better"

Pros: "Flight arrived on time"
Cons: "No food provided "due to a strike the previous day". Not sure why this would impact on providing a sandwich or snack particularly when champagne was still available for first class passengers."

Pros: "The crew was informative"
Cons: "Inflight sandwiches"

Cons: "The plane is so old..,"

Cons: "Flight got cancelled"

Cons: "The KLM crew are always great serving and treating you. Well above many other airlines."

Pros: "Just as I expected. And I made my last connection easily."

Pros: "Slow service."
Cons: "Better communication!"

Pros: "The flight crew was so friendly and the food was really good."

Pros: "Food, entertainment and crew was exceptionally friendly."
Cons: "Seats not great for such a long flight."

Cons: "Flight cancelled"

Cons: "If only there was a way to be able to lie down and sleep - you would be pioneers in aviation"

Pros: "The flight arrived a few minutes early."
Cons: "The plane was extremely old and in poor repair. The seats were extremely close together. The inflight entertainment system, wifi and passenger electric outlets were all non-functional. Even the wastebin in the lavatory was full and an extra bag was put on the floor."

Pros: "Friendly staff, great service on board. Way better value and service compared to the tacky Irish competition flying the route. Delta all the way"

Pros: "The crew were amazing and the flight was very smooth."
Cons: "Keep up the good work"

Pros: "Good"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Turn the lights on early making it hard to sleep"

Pros: "Friendly and efficient crew. I travel KLM often and always enjoy the flights."
Cons: "There were several flight delays and gates were changes a few times."

Pros: "Crew was in a festive mood, the meal was unexpectedly delicious"
Cons: "Seats ok, but could be more comfy"

Pros: "Everything OK"

Cons: "Poor food, flight attend and finally baggage missing. Overall experience is extremely bad."

Pros: "Short flight and being able to escape from drunk belligerent Passenger on previous flight"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Flight was delayed, landing at vce took an additional 10 minutes due to no one at the jet way. Luggage service was very slow"

Pros: "Crew was excellent -kind nice and very attentive"
Cons: "Entertainment went out mid flight. Had to be reset off 30 mins but cam back up"

Cons: "The flight advertised meals..a small pastry was served an hour into the flight. I asked when the meal would be and was told a few hours...which turned out to be breakfast..i wated all night for food that only came an hour before landing. Now hungrey and tierd.I.will not be flying klm ever again !!"

Pros: "Great service"

Pros: "Everything was great! Crew incredible. They acknowledged my wife’s birthday and made her feel special. Food was ultra salubrious. Loved the big screen monitor."
Cons: "No complaints about anything."

Cons: "Didn’t happen."

Pros: "Really friendly staff. Great service"

Pros: "Flight crew was fine. Food was good."
Cons: "Checking in was extensive for unaccompanied minor. But gate crew was very unnattentuve and though we showed up as first in line, they did not focus, and kept saying to wait. Ultimately our son was last person on the plane."

Pros: "Good Experience"
Cons: "Nothing much"

Pros: "Premium economy service was good."
Cons: "Inexplicably, our preassigned seats were changed at checkin and we were put in bulkhead. This particular Boeing aircraft is pretty poorly designed. Especially the bulkhead in premium economy."

Cons: "They stole my money"

Pros: "Boarding was a breeze and the staff were lovely. Online check was very simple and easy to navigate."
Cons: "The amount of extras you have to click no to while checking in online."

Pros: "Clean airplane, friendly crew, no rush, nice snacks for a short one hour flight. Just generally a positive experience."

Pros: "The flight attendants could not do enough for you."
Cons: "Business class was pretty empty but again I was not allowed to change my seat selection online. Pathetic check-in."

Pros: "Entertainment was good, and crew was very nice and accommodating. Flight was very comfortable and smooth."
Cons: "The food was okay, not that great."

Pros: "quick and relaxed"

Pros: "Cabin crew very pleasant"
Cons: "Lost our bags, little sympathy from staff"

Pros: "The included snacks and the seats."
Cons: "Nothing."

Cons: "suitcase didn't turn up, although connection was quite tight"

Pros: "The crew were pleasant"

Cons: "Flight delayed, had to take two more flights and was a four hour trip turned into a 12 hour, 4 countries trip"

Pros: "Atmosphere, crew were very professional and friendly"
Cons: "Seats were a little too narrow, and quite uncomfortable when a broad shouldered person is sitting next to you"

Pros: "Excellent service, excellent food."

Pros: "Spacious cabins, friendly service"

Pros: "Service was good"
Cons: "Delay"

Pros: "The crew was very nice and helpful."
Cons: "The space is no longer a respectful space. Paid 32 Euros for my seat, there was not enough space, the man beside me kept jabbing me on the ribs."

Pros: "A nice short flight"
Cons: "We had booked business on our flight to Milan, and it was extremely disappointing that on this sector they put us on the last seat in the back of the plane. There were plent of seats on this flight that had extended legroom. A bit of a mystery, why Westjet elected to put usin the last seats on the plane?"

Pros: "The whole thing from start to finish was excellent"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Very bad"
Cons: "Very bad"

Pros: "It was ahead of schedule"

Pros: "good to have bag drop-off ,flight on time but an older plane"
Cons: "Queues at security at Manchester always a nightmare! .Foreign airports do not have that problem"

Cons: "Delayed flight should have been 9.30pm 2hr delay!!!"

Pros: "Nothing in particular"
Cons: "Quicker boarding. More leg room. More comfortable seats. Long wait for drinks or snacks"

Pros: "Very efficient"

Cons: "Communication"

Cons: "Boarding"

Pros: "crew were all fine, uncomplicated journey."
Cons: "simply put magazine pockets on the back of the seats."

Pros: "On time, quick boarding. Comfortable flight"
Cons: "No air bridges"

Pros: "The flight left on time and arrived early, the staff were pleasant and friendly."
Cons: "The cabin was a bit grubby."

Cons: "Staff at check-in desk were rude. My carry on luggage was taken from me and placed in the hold even though I booked my flight long before Ryanair changed their rules about charging for carry on luggage. The sticky tab that the member of staff placed on my back has left marks all over the handle."

Pros: "The stay"
Cons: "Ridiculous long wait even though Ryanair said to still go for the original time. 9hours in the airport is not good enough"

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Ryan Air have changed their online check in system with flights.Basically i was forced to pay for a seat spot on my return flight because they only allow 48 hour check in before flight if you dont purchase a seat. Because of the risk of not having access to print out my boarding pass when in Hungary while checking in there for the return part and that the app may not have worked on my phone it resulted in me paying additional fees or pay a larger sum to check in at Hungary airport. .Online check in should not be locked behind a paywell.This is dishonest business. The flight on the way delayed with no explanation and the company didnt bother to notify the airport of this and update the times on the boards or atleast a delayed notification at the airport. They tried to rush the boarding because of the fact they were delayed and boarded all passengers at same time in both priority and non priority queues which kind of defeats part of the purpose of those people paying the extra for priority boarding. Also this return journey of the flight was delayed too with no communication of a delayed take off. Despite the fact that Ryan Air claim to have the highest percentage of flights arrive on time i have yet to witness a single flight of theirs arrive on time which has me to believe the company is falsifying information on this record."

Cons: "Had to pay $60 to check in because we had booked the flight after Aer Lingus canceled two of ours in less than an hour. It was good we got the flight and I will give kudos for that because we had to get to Manchester before our other flight took off, but we were surprised at the high price to have the person check us in if we didn't do it online. Lesson learned."

Pros: "front-line staff were sincere. Plane was well-maintained."
Cons: "Chat staff wasn't competent."

Cons: "Delayed, then slow luggage reclaim (I believe that's your problem rather than the airport)"

Pros: "By the time you were up it was on its wayndowm 40 mins"

Pros: "Flight delayed, 20 minutes to get through passport control, chaos at the car park due to changes & fees! Welcome back to England ☹️"
Cons: "Ryanair delays, Manchester airport in general, poor and anti-travelers focused"

Cons: "Our children were placed in separate seats from us and NO one would help to reseat us together. So frustrating. The attendants didn’t have proper change for customers. And Ryan air failed to tell us we would have to take our bags out and through stringent security during a layover in Manchester which took forever. Zero stars."

Pros: "Food was hot and tasty."
Cons: "Near 2 hour delay."

Pros: "Flight on time and arrived early"
Cons: "Over an hour to disembark and get through passport control so no point in being on time and traveling hand luggage only , this we done because baggage is notmally a nightmare at Manchester"

Pros: "Flight left reasonably on time"
Cons: "Long delay at Manchester waiting for luggage that was hand baggage originally- it took 40-45 minutes for it come through"

Pros: "Crew was nice. Flight was quick."
Cons: "We had to pay for drinks and snacks. At least give us the beverages free. And all the announcements to buy and donate weren’t pleasant. And paying for my baggage was £40 which is ridiculous. Considering that Manchester airport doesn’t allow liquids."

Cons: "That the app from Germany won’t let me download my boarding card. It’s petty!"

Pros: "Everything. Staff was wonderful."

Cons: "As we landed at las palmas the passengers were screaming as we had turbulence, no one from the crew tried to ease their fear."

Pros: "Typical Ryanair flight. You know what you are getting"
Cons: "Delayed. Chaotic boarding"

Cons: "The service is poor. They just want to rip you off. The bag price is ridiculous. When you check in they put you in separate seats do you pay. I paid for my son when we were flying out but when coming back l refused to pay. Guess what happened they allocated my 22 year old to sit on the emergency exit. The crew then came to me asking if l could swap seats with my son as he was not allowed to sit there as if it was me who had allocated him that seat. If it was the other way round they would have asked me to pay. When it suits them."

Cons: "Not much extra leg room and one attempted rammed the trolley into my foot trapping my toe against the wall and the didn't even respond to me shouting out in pain"

Pros: "Nothing was good"
Cons: "-nowhere tells you that you should pay a €50 fine for not checking in online -paid €150 for overweight luggage even though it cost €70 for the flight -extremely late boarding with no designated que area and no order and no explanation for the ridiculously long wait -crew were bored and maybe even annoyed -bags were dinged the most on this airline -the only reason I flew was because it was a direct flight -never flying again"

Pros: "They got us to Manchester alive, although late as always with Ryanair"
Cons: "Everything else, Ryanair provided an awful service, delays on both ends of the journey. No info provided to us and to top it off, there was a screaming child in front of me and next to me."

Pros: "Ease of being all done online check.in . Seats . Loved the crew the friendliness. The seat comfort and space ."
Cons: "The allowing of drunk passengers on return rude loud quite scary . Crew dealt with them very professionally"

Pros: "The flight was speedy and the plane was one of the new ones with a new interior, which was a nice change from the flight out to Germany."
Cons: "The boarding process was hectic and disorganised, the plane set off late as Ryanair always do, there were incredibly loud and rude customers onboard which the staff did nothing about. The seats weren't comfortable at all and the headrests were awful. Generally just an uncomfortable plane, the new design looks nicer but the seats are a lot thinner and it shows Just felt very cheap, the flights weren't even particularly cheap either"

Pros: "It was much, much better than the flight to Ibiza because the passengers were at least civilized ,were quiet & did not cause the crew any problems maybe because they were knackered after partying."
Cons: "Nothing to report. All went well. Very efficient & pleasant."

Pros: "Effective service point A to B. Flew from Hamburg Manchester and seated 17A. Leg room good on the exit row."
Cons: "New slimline seats will be difficult for anything more than 2 hours"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Me on row 2 ...wife row 18. All because we didn't pay 'extra' for seats that we had already paid for in the price of a flight! So, basically, if you don't pay, then Ryanair purposely separate couples in punishment. As a frequent flier, this was the very last time myself and my family will be using Ryanunfair!"

Pros: "Neat plane and friendly hostesses"
Cons: "Lousy timing flight was delayed over an hour"

Pros: "On time Pleasant cabin crew Fast Track"

Pros: "1 star given for food & entertainment only because no N/A rating option, first time to use Ryanair, better experience than expected, will not hesitate to use again, thank you"

Cons: "Rude staff at airport, confusing self check in, high bag fees, expectation of a printed boarding pass with no access to a printer, selling goods on flight."

Pros: "Getting home"
Cons: "The delay no information why Struggling to find room for your bags when you have paid for luggage Staff where rude when you asked questions why we are late why no room for bags"

Cons: "First, I tried to check-in online but their system was down. I outsmarted them because I took several screen shots of different timelines. When I checked-in at their counter, they wanted to charged me €40. The lady wouldnt believe me when I told her that I tried to checkin online for 2 hours but their system was down. That's when I showed her the photo of the screen shot, she called someone on the phone telling him or her of the situation and that I have proof of screenshots. They finally allowed me to check-in with no fee. Second, When I dropped my 3 luggages, they wanted to charge me for my 2 check luggage allowances. I told the lady that I bought online for 3 luggages allowances,but their system only showed that I only bought one. It took several minutes for them to realized that I was right. Third, maybe because of my lack of sleep and tired of travelling for over a month, i left my shoulder bag under the seat of the plane. My fiancee's and my passports as welk.as £500, smart tablet,camera,credit cards,jewelries and other personal belongings were inside my bag. That day was the last day of our 40days vacation. When I got outside of the terminal, that's when I realized that I left my bag on the plane. I went quickly to Ryan air desk but the lady told me that we have to go to the lost item counter and wait for my bag to show up. I waited the whole afternoon at the lost item counter and the lady there told me to just call them and ask if my bag has showed up. When I got to the hotel, I called the airline for rebooking on my flight back to my country. I went back the next day to the airport,but my bag has not showed up at the lost item counter. I was able to get the contact numbers of Ryan air in-charge of this matter. I requested someone to call the person in cbarge,telling him that my bag couldnt be lost because of strict security inside the airport, after a long wait,they finally said they found my bag. I waited 1 hour for Ryan air staff to turn over my bag to the lost item coiunter. When I finally got my bag, there were only £40 left in my bag and a piece of jewelly was missing. I will fly back to my country today and I will file a formal complain with Ryan air as well as write the CEO or President of Ryan air of the way he runs the business. I'm glad I got back our passports but the whole world should know about how Ryan air run their business. PLEASE,.STAY AWAY FROM RYAN AIR."

Pros: "flight dayed after boarding. comfortable for an ecomomy flight . no food or drinks purchesed .no entertainment on short haul flighs. overall value on a budget"

Pros: "Good flight out"
Cons: "A shame there was an hours delay on return journey with no information given"

Pros: "It's affordable and Ryanair offer a lot of routes, so really when you're planning a complicated trip, they're a good option at times."
Cons: "Their check-in systems are really brutal. We were flying with a 20 month old and had overweight bags. We were happy to pay for them but we had to go find an attendant to take our payment because their automated system doesn't do that. I know they're saving money on staffing but I had to seriously consider if it was worth saving a few hundred dollars to go through some pretty epic frustration."

Pros: "On time, great price."
Cons: "Cold breeze when I can out of the Terminal building!"

Cons: "The flight was delayed for an hour without any explanation"

Cons: "That Ryan air charge you €45 euros to check in your baggage"

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