Saturday 20 January 2018

Winter Airfare Wars: Ryanair flash sale offers 500,000 seats from €9.99

'Technical issues' reported with website

New Ryanair BOEING 737 MAX 200 aircraft
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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair has announced a winter sale across Europe, with 500,000 seats on offer from just €9.99 each way.

The sale covers "the entire network", the airline says, with the lead-in prices valid for travel in November, December, January and February.

Sale fares can be booked on the airline's website (ryanair.com) for four days until midnight next Monday, November 2.

This summer, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary predicted the "mother and father" of airfare wars as IAG took control of Aer Lingus.

Other European airlines, taking advantage of low fuel prices and increased demand spurred by improving economies, are expected to join the fray.

“With winter on its way, we’re using lower fuel prices to fund a massive winter seat sale across 370 routes in our European network," said Robin Kiely, Ryanair's Head of Communications.

The sale comes shortly after the airline launched its new direct flights from Dublin to Amsterdam, and a new service to Vigo, Spain, starting next April.

The airline is also set to open a new base in Ibiza from March 2016.

Update:

Since this article was posted, a number of customers have taken to social media to report booking issues on the Ryanair website.

On Twitter, the airline has advised customers that it is experiencing "technical issues" and to try again later or contact its reservation line (1520 444 004 from ROI at 0.15c per minute, Mon-Fri 06.00-19.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun 10.00-18.00).

Robin Kiely gave the following statement:

"We launched the new version of Ryanair.com today, and as we completed the changeover of what is Europe’s biggest travel platform (moving from our old booking platform), it is inevitable that we will have some minor teething problems over the next few days.

"We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience as our Labs team work through these bug fixes over the weekend."

Last February, some Ryanair customers experienced "server issues" when trying to book 30c online sale fares to Copenhagen.

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