More passengers could soon be flying to the US after Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary announced his intention to set up a low-cost transatlantic carrier.
The proposed new airline would have no connection with Ryanair and would offer economy class fares from just £10 one-way, with business/premium class tickets costing between £1,000 and £1,500 – half the price of a ticket on a full-service airline.
Commenting on a potential new cheap flights carrier, Mr O’Leary said: "We [Ryanair] would not have any links with the company that would run this, apart from the fact that we would envisage flights being made across the Atlantic from some of our European bases."
He added that any new venture could be in operation 12 to 18 months after acquiring 50 to 60 long-haul aircraft cheaply over the next year-and-a-half.
In further news for flight passengers, Mr O’Leary predicted that as many as six European airlines could fold between now and Christmas.
It was reported this week that Ryanair was set to lose its battle to pay lower airport-user charges at its Stansted Airport base.
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