Ryanair scraps check-in desks

Budget airline Ryanair says it will do away with airport check-in desks by October.

Europe's largest discount carrier said on Tuesday passengers would have to check in online before arriving at the airport. They will be able to use baggage drop desks for their luggage if needed.

Ryanair first announced plans to abolish check-in desks last month, saying most of its customers already check in online.

Spokesman Stephen McNamara said the move should help reduce air fares.

Ryanair is unashamedly no-frills. Passengers are charged for extras ranging from cups of tea to using a credit card to pay for their ticket. Chief executive Michael O'Leary has said he is thinking about installing credit card-operated toilets on planes and charging passengers to use them.