Ryanair to fly transatlantic ‘within 10 years’

Ryanair to fly transatlantic 'within 10 years'Budget airline Ryanair could offer transatlantic flights within the next five to ten years.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary said there was no chance of introducing low-cost transatlantic flights before then due to a shortage of long-haul planes being available.

However, according to Mail Online, O’Leary said he hoped Ryanair would fly to the US during his time at the helm.

He said: “We’ve had a business plan ready to roll for a transatlantic, low-fares airline. The difficulty is,  as I keep cautioning, that there’s no availability of long-haul aircraft for another four or five years.

“So unless we can secure a fleet of low-cost aircraft, frankly, the business doesn’t get off the ground.

“The future is very hard to foretell, it certainly is unlikely to happen within the next five years, but I’d be disappointed if it doesn’t happen within the period, maybe five to 10 years.”

The airline intends to offer flights between 12 to 14 European cities to destinations across the US.

O’Leary previously said the airline could offer flights to the US for as little as £8, but that would mean paying extra for everything else including meals and baggage.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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