Ryanair's Michael O'Leary still talking of US flights for less than 10 pounds
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Despite being been named Britain’s worst short haul airline last year in a survey by consumer watchdog ‘Which?, Ryanair is still set on flying passengers to the US for less than £10.
Controversial Chief Executive Michael O’Leary who is known for his memorable and not so politically correct ideas regarding passengers, first talked of the budget airline’s ambition of setting up cheap trans-Atlantic routes during a news conference back in 2007, and re-confirmed the company’s intentions during last year’s Paris Air Show.
During the Irish Hotels Federation conference in Meath on Tuesday, O’Leary continued dangling his long term idea that Ryanair would be able offer €10 flights to Boston and New York and US$10 (€7.30) seats back to Europe.
He did admit once again – and for third or fourth time - that it would be several years before Ryanair could get the long haul planes needed for the trans-Atlantic operations.
O’Leary however warned that passengers on these flights would end up paying extra for everything from meals to baggage – which is nothing new for the cost-cutting, bargain-basement airline.
The CEO said that flights would leave from 12-14 major British or European cities to between 12 and 14 major US destinations, and a full service would begin within six months after getting the aircraft to do so.
The Ryanair boss had previously said that company would need a fleet of up to 50 planes to start flights to the US.
He said: “We can make money on 99 cent fares in Europe. Not every seat will be €10 of course, there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.”
Late last year, Ryanair started implementing a number of measures to improve its image and services, including a redesign of its website, allocated seating and a drop in the charge for checking luggage, from £60 to £30 per bag, and the introduction of a 24-hour “grace” period during which passengers will be able to correct minor errors, such as spelling mistakes, free of charge.