Ryanair was by far the cheapest option for this trip but I really wonder if the savings are worth it. The seats are cramped to the point of ridiculousness and there are no facilities in the seat in front in which to deposit your belongings, not even place for a newspaper or paperback book. Ryanair's baggage policy means that now almost everyone brings a bag on board which slows down loading and unloading as people fight for locker space. Paying for a small on flight bag entitles you to 'speedy boarding' and as everyone opts to bring bags on board, there are hardly any passengers in the slow boarding queue.
This presumably means that the cargo hold is empty which is a total waste. Next time I think that I will pay the extra and fly Jet 2 or Easy jet.