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Monday 26 June 2017

Game changer? Ryanair now allows passengers to book connecting flights

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

RYANAIR has launched a long-anticipated service that enables passengers to book connecting flights on its network.

But the service is initially limited to 10 routes in and out of Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. However, if successful, it will be rolled out across the airline’s network.

The carrier had initially planned test the service last year and it’s seen as a trial run for plans Ryanair has for wider cooperation it’s planning with airlines including Aer Lingus and Norwegian.

Ryanair passengers can browse connecting flights at the Rome airport on the airline’s website and currently connect to and from flights to destinations including Barcelona, Alicante, Brussels and Malta.

Passengers transfer to their connecting flight without having to go through time-consuming security checks. Their luggage is also transferred. Flyers will also have just one booking reference for their entire journey.

“This new service... will be rolled out across the entire Ryanair network, (with further Rome routes to be added in the coming weeks and months) as long as the Rome Fiumicino trial proves to be a success,” said Ryanair chief commercial officer David O’Brien. “We are also continuing our discussions with Aer Lingus and Norwegian – and other potential partners – with a view to launching connections with third party airlines later this year.”

Last month,  Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the airline eventually expects to have feeder deals struck with all IAG-owned airlines, which apart from Aer Lingus include Iberia, British Airways and Vueling. He also said Ryanair expects to have agreements with carriers such as Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.

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