Ryanair, Europe’s biggest budget airline, could start selling low-cost trans-Atlantic flights if it secures enough twin-aisle aircrafts and gains access to cities in both Europe and the United States, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
“This will be a unique opportunity to bust open the trans-Atlantic services. Trans-Atlantic fares should start at $10 or 10 euros,” said Michael O’Leary at the Paris Airshow.
Any move into the competitive trans-Atlantic market would see the Irish short-haul carrier follow in the footsteps of Laker Airways, which began low-fare flights from London to New York in the late 1970s but went bankrupt in 1982.
Long-haul budget flights have become popular in Asia in recent years with Malaysia’s AirAsia X, Australia’s Jetstar and its Singapore-based affiliate Jetstar Asia, and Singapore Airlines subsidiary, Scoot, starting operations.
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