Ryanair If discount airlines are going to see a spike in travelers, Ryanair ( RYAAY) should see a sizable bump as it offers fares 30% lower than its next discount competitor, Syth said. From an investment standpoint, Syth noted Ryanair has a strong balance sheet and is strategically moving capacity to the markets where the company makes more money. Ryanair's 2012 half-year earnings were up 20% to €451.9 million. The airliner raised its average fares 13%. Shares of Ryanair are down about 2% year to date.