Sunday 21 January 2018

Ryanair's $10 US flight plan

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has suggested that flights between Europe and the US run by his airline could cost as low as $10 (€7.60).

"We'd love to exploit European-US open skies," said Mr O'Leary on Monday. "There may be an opportunity to do $10 fares across the Atlantic."

The biggest hold-up to Mr O'Leary's plan is that Ryanair lacks any of the larger single- or twin-aisle aircraft usually used on long over-water routes. The controversial boss is known for pitching radical price-cutting suggestions at Ryanair, now the world's largest international carrier.

Some have bordered on the extreme, like charging €1 to use an airplane toilet.

Others, like his suggestion to get by with one pilot instead of two, would run foul of safety regulators.

When asked how Ryanair could afford to charge $10 for a flight from Europe to the US, Mr O'Leary answered: "Brilliantly talented management."

Irish Independent

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