Ryanair claims it will offer flights to the United Stated for less than £10, once it buys the long-haul aircrafts it needs.
Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, told the Irish Hotels Federation conference in Meath yesterday that he would provide tickets to New York and Boston for £8.20 (€10).
The ambitious goal hopes to make 12 to 14 destinations in the USA accessible on a budget to travellers from 14 major European cities.
But as with any budget airline flight, sceptics say travellers are bound to be hit with additional charges.
O'Leary admitted that passengers would pay extra for everything from meals to baggage.
“We can make money on 99 cent fares in Europe,” Mr O’Leary said. “Not every seat will be €10 of course, there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.”
The airline will need a fleet of up to 50 long-haul aircrafts to start flights to America and these purchases could take up to five years.
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