According to Michael O’Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, the largest budget carrier in Europe, the airline could begin operating low-cost trans-Atlantic flights in the future. O’Leary made the announcement at the Paris Airshow, indicating that they would make the move if the airline could secure enough twin-aisle planes and access to cities in North America and Europe. He said it would be a unique opportunity.
According to O’Leary, fares for trans-Atlantic flights would start as low as $10 or 10 euros. If Ryanair makes the move, they would be the second airline ever to offer low-cost trans-Atlantic flights. The first was Laker Airways, which started the flights in the late 1970s, but went bankrupt in 1982. Long-haul budget flights are now popular in Asia and O’Leary said it would be successful if the long-haul flights were run as a separate business.
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