Ryanair has set its sights on new horizons, with ambitious plans to provide long-haul budget flights across the Atlantic
The low-cost Irish airline is planning new routes between as many as 14 cities in the US and Europe within the next four to five years.
The Ryanair board has approved growth plans which include transatlantic flights, a Ryanair spokesperson said, and the carrier is already in talks with manufacturers to buy long-haul aircraft to serve the routes.
“European consumers want lower-cost travel to the US and the same for Americans coming to Europe. We see it as a logical development in the European market,” the spokesperson said.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has previously spoken of the airline’s ambitions to offer low-cost transatlantic flights in the next five to 10 years.
The plans, which would offer tickets to the US for as little £8. O'Leary claims, are dependent on getting the right aircraft.
The airline recently agreed a massive deal with US aerospace firm Boeing, worth as much as £22bn (£13.7bn), for a fleet of 737 Max planes which are more fuel efficient and have extra capacity, allowing Ryanair to make more from each passenger.