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Ryanair changes course on plans for transatlantic flights

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Ryanair's Michael O’Leary Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryanair's Michael O’Leary Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryanair's Michael O’Leary Photo: Damien Eagers

Ryanair has changed course on its transatlantic flights plan - just days after its board approved a business strategy to move into long-haul travel.

Earlier this week, the budget airline was reportedly given the green light to develop connections from Dublin, London Stansted and Berlin to US destinations such as New York, Chicago, Boston and Miami.

“The board of Ryanair, like any plc, has approved the business plans for future growth, including transatlantic," read an emailed statement from Ryanair on Monday.

“We are talking to manufacturers about long-haul aircraft but cannot comment further on this. European consumers want lower-cost travel to the USA and the same for Americans coming to Europe. We see it as a logical development in the European market.”

Tonight, however, Ryanair issued a terse one-line statement last night saying no such plan and been approved, nor would it be.

“In the light of recent press coverage, the board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so,” it said.

For years, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said he’d like to start a transatlantic service.

Most recently, he said that such a service would still be a number of years off, and would be dependent on Ryanair being able to buy long-haul aircraft at cheap prices.

In January, Mr O'Leary said that the airline wanted to launch a long-haul service using a sister company.

He said he’d be disappointed if that division couldn’t offer one-way tickets between Europe and the US for an average of about €90.

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