Ryanair Backpedals on Plan to Offer Transatlantic Flights
Irish budget carrier Ryanair, which earlier this week announced plans to offer very inexpensive fares on flights between the United States and Europe, said late Thursday that it did not plan to expand in this direction.
In a statement posted on the airline’s website, the company said: “The board of Ryanair Holdings P.L.C. wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any trans-Atlantic project and does not intend to do so.”
At the time, Ryanair said flights to and from Europe would be as low as $10. “European consumers want lower-cost travel to the U.S.A., and the same for Americans coming to Europe,” the airline said in a statement.
What the airline characterized as a “miscommunication” started Monday with a statement from the airline published in the Financial Times in conjunction with the interview of the company’s marketing head, Kenny Jacobs.
“The board of Ryanair, like any P.L.C., have approved the business plans for future growth, including trans-Atlantic,” the airline said, adding “We see it as a logical development in the European market.”
The airline’s outspoken CEO, Michael O’Leary, stated that the announcement had been a “mistake” and indicated that it had not been corrected sooner because no one had been in the office the following day, which was the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
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