UPDATE (March 20): Whoa. Just days after Ryanair said its board approved plans for trans-Atlantic flights, the airline is now backtracking. According to the BBC, Ryanair has released a brand new statement saying it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” Did someone speak out of turn?
Earlier (March 18, 2015):
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about a plan by Ireland-based discount carrier Ryanair to offer low cost flights between the U.K. and the U.S. The price point is reportedly 10 euros which is the equivalent of $10.60 (as of March 18, 2015). However, this is not exactly new.
Ryanair Proposed 10 Euro Flights in 2008
Seven years ago, Ryanair’s always quotable CEO Michael O’Leary was touting 10 euro flights, and it should be noted that nothing’s happened since that 2008 newsflash. Nothing happened with O’Leary’s subsequent pay-toilets-on-planes idea either or his standing room-only flights. Some zany ideas that remain just that – ideas. However …
Trans-Atantic Flights: “4 or 5 years away”
However, Ryanair is serious about trans-Atlantic flights. As Skift reports, its board has approved such growth planes but the airline does not yet have the long-haul aircraft necessary for crossing the Pond so such flights are probably “four to five years away.”
And they may cost more than 10 euros.
It is possible that the proposed 10 euro prices are ‘base fares’ only which, depending on the airport, can (and do) add up to hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees on flights to/from Europe. Still, Ryanair is cheap and may be able to bring it off – especially since the carrier charges so many fees for so many services. If so, this could bring trans-Atlantic travel to a whole lot of people that ’til now could only dream about it.