Ryanair plans £7 flights to US
13th April, 2007
Budget airline Ryanair is to offer flights from Europe to the US for £7, exclusive of taxes.
The recent Open Skies deal, which has opened up transatlantic air corridors to free competition, has meant that the budget operator is now planning a fleet of 50 aircraft to ply already busy routes.
Chairman of Ryanair Michael O'Leary, who openly advocates shooting environmentalists, said that Ryanair had been approached by a number of US airports.
'There are a lot of investors who are keen to see a low-fare airline operate a transatlantic service and money is the last thing we'll need,' he said.
'By mid 2009 we will be carrying 70 million passengers at 23 bases across Europe,' O'Leary continued. 'It will be relatively straightforward for us to do a deal for 40 to 50 long-haul aircraft and connect these bases transatlantically. There would be no one to touch us.'
Transport and Environment, a Brussels-based environmental group, have calculated that the Open Skies deal could lead to an extra 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year from the extra flights it will permit.
This article first appeared in the Ecologist April 2007
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