Are Ryanair About to Start Transatlantic Flights?
There is one big question on the travel world’s lips at the moment – are Ryanair about to start offering low-cost flights from Europe to the USA? And the answer? Well, it seems nobody is sure, but it’s looking like a resounding no for the time being. Disappointing to say the least.
In March 2015 Ryanair put out a press release with seemingly exciting news, stating that they had identified a gap in the market for cheap flights across the Atlantic, visiting cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Miami, flying from London Stansted, Dublin and Berlin. Provided the company could secure a deal for long-haul aircraft, it seemed that plans would be underway to enable fares as low as £10. Obviously this raised excitement but a little doubt also, which was compounded further when the company did a rather unusual U-turn on the news.
“In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so”
It seems that many aren’t surprised by this change of heart, as in the past there have been several plans put out by the company, which have never come to fruition. It seems that the transatlantic route, dominated in the past by huge long-haul airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic looks set to stay that way for the time being. This is certainly a lucrative area for Ryanair to possibly branch out into, but it seems that for the time being, such plans have been shelved.
What would it mean for passengers to fly transatlantic with Ryanair?
Well basically it would mean more people could afford to visit the States, because we know that Ryanair offer flights for ridiculously low prices, and if there was to be a £10 fare option, everyone would be considering heading across the Atlantic for their holidays, rather than simply to Europe where flight prices are sometimes lower than a train fare to a capital city within your own country. The initial excitement of this news has died down now with the U-turn that has occurred, but it seems to be a case of watch this space.
So, to answer the question – are Ryanair about to start transatlantic flights?
It seems that for the time being, no.