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Ryanair is on course to achieve its long-held ambition of offering transatlantic flights to the US – and they could cost as little as £10.

Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, has mooted the prospect of establishing a discount transatlantic service ever since the creation of Ryanair 30 years ago; yesterday, directors approved such plans, as part of a long-term growth strategy.

Within five years, Ryanair will offer one-way tickets to and from the US for as little as $10 (£6.75), although fares could be closer to £100 on average. Ryanair is understood to be in talks with over a dozen airports across Europe, with some allegedly already keen to carry the service. Destinations could include New York, Boston, Chicago and Miami from London Stansted, Dublin and Berlin.


The transatlantic flight market is one of the most lucrative flightpaths in the world, and is at present dominated by long-standing European and American providers, such as British Airways and American Airlines; although, the success of Virgin Atlantic in recent years perhaps indicates that the sector isn’t wholly cornered.


“European consumers want lower-cost travel to the USA and the same for Americans coming to Europe,” said a spokesperson for Ryanair. “We see it as a logical development in the European market.”

Response to the news was mixed. Gert Zonneveld of Panmure Gordon said a transatlantic Ryanair service would “generate new demand…if you can fly people across the Atlantic for a relatively small sum, a lot of people would fly to and fro for a long weekend.”

“There are a lot of questions, but I think it can happen. They have an incredibly strong record in their short-haul business on costs. From a unit-cost point of view they are they the lowest around.”

John Strickland, independent aviation consultant, cautiously greeted the news. While seeing a gap in the market for a low-cost alternative, “the success of Ryanair’s transatlantic venture will depend on the service attracting a mix of customers – both cost-conscious tourists and business travellers prepared to pay more. That way, you have got a better chance of spreading your risk.”


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  • Lina

    Wow, I for one would be interested. But how long would it take to get there, as they seem to have rather small planes?

    • oferdesade


      • Lina

        Don’t understand what you are saying. Ryanair fly planes don’t they?

        • Brian Wren

          Yes and probably the safest as fleet of modern planes bought at great discount after 9/11 and a great business model

          • old git

            you are talking shit. the pilots are as crappy as the brand. they are the dregs from crop dusters in the outback

          • Ben10

            Really now? Last time I checked I was military trained….

          • Steve Bidwell

            Silly old git!

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      No, they need new planes for it. They’ve said they’ll be buying new jets if the USA routes are confirmed. That’s why it would take so long, and couldn’t start within a year or so.

      • Lina

        If they are going to take so long, hope I will be alive when they start! L.O.L. Incidentally, why Le Cochon Bleu, are blue pigs rare?

        • Le Cochon Bleu

          Because I made them up. Myself and some other people who talk about blue pigs.

          I am rare only because I invented myself.

          • Le Cochon Bleu

            .. Unless you’ve seen some of us running around which I wouldn’t be aware of.

            I mean, the real things. Legendary creatures.

          • Lina

            A bit like unicorns then.

          • Le Cochon Bleu

            Magical probably – I guess you’re right!

        • Le Cochon Bleu

          Yes, I think it can take a couple of years or even more for the jet companies to fulfill orders. I don’t think they’re made in advance, generally – they’re made to order mostly.

          I remember when the budget airline companies started up, they were buying old, used airplanes cheaply and using these for their £5 – £10 UK / Europe fares. How things have changed. Now, they’re some of the biggest airline companies in the world.

          … And they can charge you standard prices, unless you were thinking of not bringing any luggage, for example. I was stagerred recently, seeing how much Easyjet and a French budget airline, just having a look, charge for typical flights check-in luggage alone. More than the tickets alone, I think, and close to £100 just for 1 piece of luggage on a return flight. I was thinking it might be cheaper to get a courier – send it a week before you leave, and then receive your case back a while after you return.

          • Lina

            Unfortunately, I never travel light. Probably because we used to have a touring caravan and I used to throw everything in except the kitchen sink and that was only because we had a kitchen sink in there already. One year I think I must have packed 16 bikini for a 3 week holiday in France (I had the figure for it then!). Think I will have to learn to . what do they call it, when you mix and match things?

          • SeaBeeUK


          • Lina

            Don’t even! I love Primark. We are going on holiday next month and as we are driving down, I have already got more than enough clothes (not 16 bikinis!). Dread to think what it would be like if I went and had a look round Primark.

          • covert

            my son and daughter in law do this when they go on holiday to Poland, they send their clothes and stuff for their 3year old ,ahead by post, out much cheaper than airline charges.

          • Gordon Young

            Ryan Air have a history of buying new planes, mainly cancelled orders by other companies. Their maintenance history is good regardless of which plane you get

    • Tom Hashtag Classicgupta Gupta

      The Boeing 737 has the same cruising speed as modern wide body jets. But the fuel tank/range might not be large enough to carry a viable amount of cargo and mail. Ryanair would need to get new planes. Additionally landing fees (which are cheaper early morning and late night), airport taxes at airports such as JFK, Boston etc are extremely high. Even at an average price of £100, with rising costs, it will be difficult for Ryanair to maintain a viable service. Besides, if you know where to look you can find decent deals with decent airlines – including on the British Airways Website. The best site for deals btw is Kayak I believe.

      • Joe Bloggs

        I have flown from Gatwick to Orlando on a 737 but I would never do it again as really the plane wasn’t up to it. In actual fact the travel agent had said that the plane would be a Jumbo! I had grave reservations about getting on the 737 because of the Kegworth disaster but as the engine pods had Rolls-Royce badges I decided to take a chance. A major drawback was that the seats were too small and too close together and more suitable for dwarves. On the outbound journey the luggage was weighed very carefully as the plane would be flying against the Jet Stream. When I read the blurb about the plane I was surprised to see that it was operating very close to or at its maximum range but a peculiar route was taken so that land would never be too far away. In actual fact the plane landed at Bangor Maine where it was refueled for the final hop. On the return trip the luggage was not weighed and Orlando to Gatwick was done in a single hop! Having the Jet Stream assisting the plane instead of opposing it makes a huge difference,

    • old git

      you are expected to sit like sardines and just dont fart.

    • Doug Burden

      Airlines have used 737s across the atlantic, they have the range

  • oferdesade

    trans-at for the weekend? it’s take till next weekend to get over the jetlag – especially in ryan’s oh-so-comfortable environment (unless they charge for toilet services, in which case, they’d be making a mint).

    • old git

      they are taking a piss you mean

      • almorr

        Wow a ‘daytrip’ to New York, at that price it could happen.

        • Toby Tyke

          6 hours there….. a look around the terminal for an hour and 6 hours back would constitute your idea of a a day return

          • almorr

            yes it could be done as a “day trip” get up at 5am, get to the airport for the 9am plane to New York, get to New York at 1pm NewYork time, spend a few hours in the “Big Apple” perhaps a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Finally you get back to the airport at about 4pm NY time and get the 6 pm Plane back to the UK arriving back during the night, so you have had a good day in New York all for a tenner.

          • Gordon Young

            The price most certainly will not be £10 as the article says more like 3100 due to the taxes eg. fuel duty, airport taxes etc

  • litesp33d

    Well if it is anything like their European flights where a destination can be up to 150 miles away from the place you think you are going to, a flight to the US could end up in Southern Mexico or Northern Canada.

    • Steve D

      Try thorough research before booking ! thus avoiding being miles away from where you think, it’s not rocket science !!!

      • Steve Bidwell

        It is for some!

    • ടിഗര്‍

      I have flown Ryanair quite a few times over the last 6 years and never had to travel more than 30 miles. Again if the flight cost £20 and the bus cost £10, then I wouldn’t mind doing that.

    • Gordon Young

      Stanstead is a “London” airport, so what do you expect, rent a car, it will still be cheaper than any other flight. I am sure there will be shuttle buses quick enough

      • buzz

        Stanstead don’t have an airport We try every year to ask for one but to no avail!

        • hopeforeurope

          That’s odd. I have flown to France and back 3 times from Stanstead Airport. The last time was in 2006. Go figure!

          • Becen

            He’s playing with you. You flew into Stansted, not Stanstead. Stanstead is a small village in Suffolk I believe?

          • SeaBeeUK

            Spoilsport, or should it be spoilspoart?

        • David Daly

          Hmm went to Cyprus from there and the pilot seemed to manage to find it on the way back alright, suggest you look at Google maps (or stay at home)

      • Franky Wray

        Nothing wrong with Stanstead , its Gatwick that’s miles and hours away from me

        • Joe Bloggs

          Gatwick is almost as easy to get to as Heathrow if one is travelling from the West Country. Just use a National Express coach (the three axle coaches that they now have don’t even flinch with the stiff gradient on the M5 south of Bristol) Be sure to book a through-ticket as the Heathrow-Gatwick shuttle is rather dear.

    • daisy

      For £10. does it really matter??

      • megaman

        If you unexpectedly end up 150 miles away from where you need to be with no transport then yes it does matter

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      I flew with Ryanair to Munich once, well actuallly it was described as Memmingem – Munich. You do know what you’re getting into with Ryanair, if you’ve half a brain.

      It’s a good distance away from Munich, and the airport shuttle coach from Memmingem airport to Munich city centre is a little over one and a half hours.

      So, that’s hardly the end of the world is it? Most bus shuttle services from airports are around 45 to 55 minutes. For the greatly reduced airfare price, it makes a lot of sense to operate to these further airports merely for an extra 35 to 45 minutes time on the road in getting to the city.

      Actually, the shuttle bus services take time. Even if you take an airport like Nice Cote D’Azur where it’s nearly in the city itself, at the end of the Promenade Des Anglais near a beachfront, it still takes the shuttle service into the city centre 35 to 50 minutes to get there. There’s really not much difference therefore in flying to another airport further away. If you flew to Toulon and got the train the Nice centre, again, you wouldn’t lose much time either.

      Ryanair make a lot of sense in using nearby, much less busy airports for much less airfare costs.

      • David Daly

        Like what you posted, however O’Leary is an ar+e of the greatest magnitude.

        • Le Cochon Bleu

          Well, I can’t disagree about that. He tends to make a fool of himself in the media, and his attitude at times has been startling.
          Indeed, reading him, sometimes I wonder why people bothered flying with Ryanair, and even imagined he could cause its demise through a PR nightmare alone.

          But then I remember that Ryanair offers such a straightforward, reliable, very cheap, easy to use service.
          You never have to deal with or meet Mr O’Leary himself. He’s a very rich man and a boss of what’s now a huge company, and you find they often can beeccentric and offish.
          It seems that either no-one told him (or he ignored) what the others learned – to keep a low publcic profile.

          Anyway, the flights now can be more startling.
          I flew from Belfast via East Midlands to Nimes in France, for 4 pence altogether, and had a great spring holiday in warm Sun, swimming in the Mediterranean.
          The flights were fine – comfortable seat, sandwiches, drinks and coffee for the same price as a city centre cafe (not the cheapest one, obviously), and no problems.

          This hear I flew from Edinburgh to Copenhagen for £15 ew including tax. I came from Belfast, and that’s nearly the same price as the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh alone.
          Take the full price of (good priced) ferry and further transport, the return flights were less than a quarter of the return price of a foot passenger Belfast to Edinburgh.

          This is amazing. (Though without checked luggage. With 20kg bag either way & 2 carry on bags, the price was £80 return – still less than 2/3 the cost of the NI to Edinburgh transport).
          With the Ryanair app on mobile or tablet, things are even easier.
          Now I can leave buying a check-in bag until 2 hrs before a cheap flight.
          So if I’ve paid £15 for the flight and decide not to go, I only lose the £15, and not any bag fees.

          At the end of the day, Ryanair seems to offer a very good service at amazing prices often.
          This is what matters, and why it’s so popular.

          The days of ‘nice’ flights on BA or Swiss or whoever, I think now were more something going on in your mind more than anything else. Amazing what advertising can do to the mind. I loved the “We’ll take more care of you” line in the 80s BA ads. But when I cotton on that what you need is a good seat, easy check-in and exit, and simple snack meals & drinks as extras if you want, this seems to make more sense.

    • Steve Bidwell

      Perhaps this means that you will arrive 150 miles closer to your final destination!

    • Franky Wray

      If you don’t like em don’t use em simply as .

  • Anntwon

    DO NOT Trust Ryanair with this, they dont even put enough fuel to get to spain on most occasions..

    • Lee Griffiths

      The incident(s) referred to declared low fuel, but that meant they were approaching the (very large) mandated fuel reserve on the aircraft and it was in no way an emergency.

      • David Daly

        O’Leary wants his pilots to fly with the minimum fuel, alright until something untoward happens. Luck of the Irish – he’s got away with so far. (And it’s not racist – I’m Irish)

    • Bill

      You, obviously, haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about.

    • gladragmag

      Yes Ryanair flights must be running out of fuel and dropping out of the sky left right and centre. Oh hang on, they’ve not had a fatal accident in over thirty years of operation – as Europe’s largest carrier (by far). Honestly, what a moronic comment.

    • john

      I agree total JOKE AIRLINE no fuel if things go wrong even worse its within the law daa

  • Lee Griffiths

    Totally irresponsible use of fuel encouraging people to (probably unnecessarily) travel long distances by air.

    • gladragmag

      And what pray tell is your dictate to others as to what constitutes their “unnecessarily” traveling long distances by air?

    • Wobblydangly

      Yes better for them to travel long distances by rail or better yet just stay at home

    • mecchat

      Air travel isn’t unnecessary. People have a right to get to see as much of this beautiful globe as they can before the fat lady sings. It’s aviation fuel which is the problem. We don’t need (or want) to stop people flying. We need to find a clean fuel for our aircraft. And we need to stand up to the petrochemical corporations. And heavily incentivise research into finding clean ways to power flight, by heavily disincentivising the use of oil based fuels. I have no intention of not seeing as much of the world as I can before I croak. I couldn’t care less what your opinion on the matter is. You stay at home and play with your Star Wars toys and video games. And be mindful that too much of it will give you plantar warts..

      • David Daly

        And there’s me thinking I was the only to think this way. If the human race wasn’t so money orientated then a cleaner more efficient way of getting around would have been looked at and developed with more energy, years ago. You will never stop people travelling great distances, the problem is the lack of development of better forms of fuel to do it.

        • Le Cochon Bleu

          The modern, controlled world doesn’t like ‘good’ per se.
          It’s not just money orientated – it’s like a global mafia control.
          We know now the Italian mafia are satanic, officially – they swear to Satan in their swear-in rituals. It’s not just money, family and social dominance. It’s about evil.
          People in groups who control things operate under these beliefs all over the world.
          Technology is suppressed. Yes for money – but it’s certainly not the only reason.

  • Norm Belle

    When you add up the special Ryan Air “extras?” the actual cost to get your bum on the seat could be anything up to £2500? (One way?)

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      Oh, don’t be ridiculous.
      The biggest concern about Ryanair and Easyjet is if you aren’t booking in advance, and aren’t able to select dates to get a cheap flight.
      If you have a single date, and have to book close to the date, you could pay quite high prices for the seat – moreso with Easyjet I think.
      Still, probably no more and probably less than carriers such as BA, but for a budget airline with normally good prices, it can be annoying.
      Then, the check-in luggage fee being fixed, it’s not so much of a problem.
      Actually, as long as you have no problem printing your own boarding pass before going to the airport, the only extra fee to really bother about is a check-in bag.
      What’s going to cost £2500?
      You can bring your own bottled water on the plane, and if you want a sandwich, soup, snack-sized meal, hot drink or alcohol, you pay for it on the plane, probably at less than it costs in the airport itself (or many city centres). What’s the problem with extra fees?

      Ryanair’s luggage fees are ok, and you can leave off paying for a check-in bag basically until you’re leaving for the airport (a few hours before departure) if you’re worried about not going in the end and losing money.

  • Dr C

    Oh no…Goodbye passenger comfort, I can’t imagine this again! It’s the fiasco of Air Europa all over again? No thanks.

  • flangini110

    Yeah all right and Fanny Adams is real as well!

  • Sounds great. I used Ryan Air on few occasions and once I even got a ticket from Birmingham to Brno for just £0.01 including taxes (and did not pay any extras as I did not use a credit card and had no luggage). Other times I got tickets for £1.00, £5.00 and £10.00 to various European destinations. The flights are not that comfortable, but hey, what do you expect for such price? Bus ticket in Birmingham will cost you more.

    • bob

      me &family have had a return fare of 8p from eastmids to la rochelle inc all taxes and on time too. brand new aircraft like most of their fleet.

    • old git

      did that include a bonk in the bog

    • jr1961

      Meaning there are no taxes in Brno? Because if Ryanair gets taxes different from other companies, the may be a case vis-à-vis EU legislation that prohibits discrimination.

      • Le Cochon Bleu

        I think Ryanair pays the taxes itself for the very cheap or basically giveaway seats (and maybe has an agreement with the government over a certain number of seats) to get return travellers.

        I wondered about the strategy years ago, but it seems it really works.
        Most travelers return to fly with Ryanair and it has many budget frequent flyers.
        That must say something about Ryanair as a carrier – it’s so popular, it must be doing a lot right.
        Even when you consider full price flights, when the low priced seats aren’t available, the most I’ve paid is around £120 one way within Europe.
        Which can be around what I paid over 20 years ago on a standard carrier, student, discount ticket – unlikely to get cheaper then.
        20 years later it’s the highest I’ve had to pay with Ryanair, and most flights were under £50, a good amount under £30.
        The budget airline transformation really has opened up flying and frequent flying to a large amount of people.

  • Lisa Taylor

    Hopefully their staff will be much nicer than the ones the currently have, couldn’t bare going all that way with those miserable stewardesses!

  • Tom Hashtag Classicgupta Gupta

    Long Haul Budget Travel has never been overly successful. Air Asia X used to offer cheap, long haul flights to Europe. Now it concentrates on Short to Mid Haul Flights.

  • Paul Bronstein

    I went from stansted to eindhoven and paid about £25 a flight wich was less than the cab to the air port , but the planes were old and the staff were rude on the way back they said”shut-up and listen to the safty anouncement as u may need it”over the planes pa system

    • old git

      well you pay for crap you get crap lol
      cheaper by BA

  • gregipoh

    I regularly fly from London to Kuala Lumpur and have to pay £118 or more in taxes.

  • DJ

    I’ve traveled from East Mids to Belfast City for 0.06p return with my two children and was most disappointed when Ryan Air decided to discontinue that route. I’m a fan of what they have to offer and can’t wait for them to shake up the “status quo”..

    • old git

      you mean you something for nothing,fat tight arse

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      I travelled the other way, return, for £0.01 each way, for getting from East Midlands to Nimes for another penny each way.
      So, Belfast to Nimes (and I went on to a Mediterranean beach by land), 4 planes, a nice holiday, hand luggage only (a stuffed 10kg bag) for a grand total of 4 pence.
      Amazing, thank you Ryanair.

      But I suppose I can see why the routes ended, if those prices were typical.
      I hardly fly anymore, but I’m pleased to get the Ryanair £15 e/w tickets to Europe when I can. (Flew from Scotland to Copenhagen this year, £15 e/w. Copenhagen Airport is midway, in terms of time spent on the train from the airport station, between Copenhagen & Malmo in Sweden).

  • old git

    Ryanair sucks like a pig on heat. i for one will never use them again after trying to get shafted in spain. Telling us no duty free bags were allowed after we had all purchased duty free, so had to put in hand carry and then they got a hand carry cage at the boarding gate. If your case did not fit it was £35. bastards . i just walked on regardless whilst they were sending them all back to pay. stuff them thieving caniving bastards

    • craig abrahams

      Yawn. Seriously. Read the terms and conditions before you book, or at least before you get to the airport. Over the past 5 years, for personal travel, I have only used Ryanair and to be fair, its been an acceptable experience every time. New 737’s and normally less that 1/4 the price of flying with more ‘reputable’ airlines. Ryanair are cheap but most importantly …. safe.

  • ouldbob

    Do you have to pedal?

  • sweeney999

    I take it that the writer Kit Klarenberg is an employee of Ryanar. Who else would give this story any credence.

  • Andrew Adekunle Ojo Finni

    Even if ryanair is free, I still won’t fly with them. With ryanair you have to be 100% clear of the terms and conditions, read and understand all the small print. They will come heavy like tons of brick on you if you make any little mistake. About 3 years ago, my partner and I were compelled to pay staggering £120 extra on top of the fare. The reason? We didn’t print our ticket 2 hours prior to boarding. It is like they playing cat and mouse with their passengers (ryanair’s system is laced with many traps / disproportionate charges for any mistake). Since the experience I have been flying with Norwegian – (Check them out, they are truly quality at budget price). Service on Norwegian includes free WiFi whilst on air . . .

    • Guenter Ruckhofer

      At least I’m on the ball with travelling – I already have my tickets printed (rail, plane, and coach tickets for both England & Norway) and I don’t fly out until 18th September – I have a carry on case, not bothered with food or drink on board as I would’ve had something beforehand – so no extra money paid by me thanks. Considering I would’ve been up for at least 48 hours before I reach my destination, I don’t really care what it’s like for a 2-3 hour flight. Maybe when I go to Singapore, Maldives, Thailand, and Malaysia in March then I’ll think more of the comfort, food, etc.

    • Anvil Coba

      It’s things like this that made Ryanair come out 95th out of 100 British companies for customer service in a recent survey.
      But if you want to use them … that’s your choice

  • luap

    flights may be so cheap but how many add ons like baggage at extortionate costs will happen , no way will they cost £10.00

  • jemmyh

    The only way Ryanair are going to do transatlantic flights for £10, or even £100 average, is to get the US government and the respective European governments to subsidise the flights in favour of their tourism markets.

  • Timmy

    And I bet the fuel is a surcharge

  • Rick Smith

    I’d rather pay more and get treated like a human being. Pass.

  • UKTroll

    I guess they’re just waiting for the regulators to approve planes with standing passengers only, no toilets, and a maximum of one briefcase-sized item of baggage per passenger.

  • pmcg75

    People love to complain … like anything in life you get what you pay for. Ryan Air offer an exceptional and affordable service to many people who would not normally even be able to afford to fly. Admittedly ad-ons and extra charges are a bain, but read the small print, play their game (make sure you are within restrictions etc) and there is absolutely nothing to complain about at all. A return flight to somewhere in Europe for £50 or less? Chances are the train ticket to the airport will cost you more! Do you really expect Etihad’s new apartment for that money ?
    I am a seasoned traveller, I love my comfort and generally fly on long established airlines however at times departure/ arrival times for a Ryan Air flight are actually more convenient and lets be honest a hop somewhere in Europe is what maximum 2 hours ? The seats and legroom are pretty much the same as any other airline and in my book that’s all that matters. And delays are hit and miss for any company.
    Time for people to wind their necks in and appreciate what the company offers. They are exceptionally successful for a reason….
    There is space for them in the Transatlantic market and could even drive prices down on competitor airlines and that can only be a good thing for any traveller wishing to use Ryan Air or not.
    Keep up the good work I say.

  • Jony G

    Ryan Air have already shaken up the Colombian market and have expanded really fast since they began in 2012. Almost any destination within Colombia (the size of France+Spain+Portugal) can be flown from £11 GBP. They have since expanded to include international flights to Panama, Quito and Lima using Medellin and Bogota as hubs and will fly to Florida by the end of this year. This can only be good news, imagine how cheap it will be to get to South America from Europe with a connecting Ryan Air flight.

  • Ian Tully

    A nice advertising feature for Ryanair, but the average cost of a ticket would have to be a great deal more than £10 if the airline was not to make a massive loss on each flight. Airport fees and taxes would be more than £10 alone. Those people who have got cheap tickets in the past will have either done so as part of a promotion, or due to the Dutch auction system by which budget airlines sell tickets. Any sale is worth having rather than fly with an empty seat, but getting a guaranteed seat on a particular flight always costs more.
    Do calculate in the cost of travel from a regional airport to the destination you actually want to get to.

  • Linda McLaren

    Ryanair, all the way to the USA???? I’m just back from Gran Canaria (4h40m flight) & I’ve never had such an uncomfortable, cramped flight in my life. Ryanair is perfect for teenage dwarfs, but older, taller people should book with an airline that actually spends money on imprving things like leg room & comfort instead of stripping seats back to the bare minimum padding moving them closer together to squeeze more dwarfs in.

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      You must be tall. I’m around 6 foot and have never had any kind of a problem with Ryanair legroom.
      I used to try to grab the seats at the wings, quickly, years ago, before they started charging for them and during when there were no seat reservations available.
      They were nicer seats, but only from a point of view of head (mind) comfort for me, and less claustrophobia. I don’t think I’ve ever been hemmed in in a standard Ryanair flight seat. I understand if you’re taller though. The Jet2 seats are slightly smaller, and I did find them a bit taxing. Ok for 3 hours to France, but just about and no more.

  • Charles March

    The trouble is he’ll take the toilets out to make more space and relocate them outside. And he’ll use a low-cost olde pilot named Pontius!

  • ad1d

    where does this type of air fair/fare, fit in with emmission trading schemes ?

  • Manhee Park

    Lets take Norwegian. Much better than Ryanair

  • Bill Yearbok

    The airlines provides very poor flight service from departure to landing!

  • Kenneth Hanson

    Ryanair have consistently delivered me to my destinations better than any other airline ever have, at a fraction of the cost of other providers. I’m getting my US visas in order – now!

  • simon firth

    The fares to the U.S.A. run by the Big Airlines are very cheap look at a breakdown of your prices, The big problem is The Government here charging a tax to leave the country, plus various landing, customs, admin fee at both ends which can push your ticket price up by £300, plus you know that Ryanair charge for suitcases, so that could be another £100 each way, Bring back Freddie Laker, he was a real pioneer

    • DaveGGW

      Too true. I just booked flights on AA and BA from the USA – the fare was £0 but by the time all the extras were added on it came to a lot more. The problem with O’Leary is that he’s lost the plot and started to believe his own BS.

      • Adam Finan

        Yeah of course the fare was £0, I bet the drinks were served by a mermaid riding a unicorn too….DICK!!!!

        • jr1961

          Have you ever heard about “rewards tickets”? That is one way how you get 0 fare, but you pay all the extras.

  • Raymond Spence

    Personally I think this is great news, but first they have to buy the aircraft that can travel these longer distances, the present ones aren`t big enough to accommodate the larger passengers numbers and of course the extra fuel needed

  • Charlie Campbell

    Oh yes £10 a flight i bet it will cost you £50 for a piss knowing ryanair

  • sambozauk

    No, I think I will stick to using British Airways or Emirates on long-haul flights and Monarch Airlines for Intercontinental European flights.

    Ryanair for long-haul, I just have this vision of no legroom, no on-board entertainment and your money is remember, going to an Irish company. Na, not think so.

    My brother is a pilot for Ryanair. Another reason I will not use them as he is Mr OCD. Like most pilots my guess is.

    Many thanks.

    • Peter Conway

      What a tosser..your money is going to an Irish company And Emirates and Monarch are British company’s are they..LOL

      • sambozauk

        No they are listed in Ireland, not owned by a tatty person.

        As for Emirates, they are good value for your money and are agreeable. Ethiad are the best though.

        Monarch are the best for Pan-European flights by a Royal Mile. Better than BA and certainly the rack em and pack em carriers like tatty boy RyanAir or EasyJet, meaning no legroom or upgrade available on those airlines.

        Great value for money.

        So to recap.

        1. Emirates and Ehtiad for Long-Haul. BA if you can not get flights to your destination on Emirates or Ethiad.

        2. Monarch Airlines for Pan-European flights.

        If you do not like that, then you can sod off mate, alright?. Get rid of the French flag in your profile picture as well, it really is becoming old now all this outpouring. In a few weeks those who have this French flag in their picture will be at each others throats again with the French.

        People like you contradict yourselves and have way to much emotion.

      • Le Cochon Bleu

        The UK charges so much in flight and airport taxes, that it is often getting more income for a passenger than the airline will receive from selling the ticket.

        The government also gets vat for extra purchases a customer makes, and Ryanair the British subsidiary must pay some taxes as well.

        But when a British company offers what Ryanair offers, those routes, I’d be pleased of course to support that airline.

        There are some (usually longer) routes that Ryanair and Easyjet don’t provide, but companies such as Thomas Cook have done. When I’ve flow with them, I thought they were good value and a good service also. For the longer routes, their prices are not much more than Ryanair prices at times. But this is not about them. And they’re not doing the fundamentals connecting services such Ryanair is.

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      British Airways often have terrible interiors and service can be bad. Their airfare value can be good or poor also, a lottery too.

      I’ve flown American Airlines from USA to UK, and it’s hardly more than pretty basic. I can’t seen much difference with Ryanair – you would notice some after 4 hours, but not too much.

      The real problem is the garish purple and yellow interiors, though. The materials of Ryanair’s aircraft are fine, good quality. Why do they go and ruin it all with the eye hurting colours though? Still, I’d fly to USA for £60 or £70 easily if the only major concern was putting up with the colours for some hours. Sunglasses, a quick drink then a facemask and relaxing music through headphones for a few hours, hopefully a sleep. Should be OK. If you can’t cope with that, certainly pay £650+ standard class if you like.

    • Steve Bidwell

      Maybe that because pilots follow procedures, the crash rate is so low. If you don’t want a pilot who follows procedures try some of the Asian airlines!

      • David Daly

        Presumably you are posting about Ryannair? The worry is they seem to land at airports where they are not supposed to be going to. Imagine landing at a military airport in the USA???

  • Steve Bidwell

    Flown Ryanair on many occasions, I really don’t know what the issues are, the aircraft are in good condition and they are cheap as chips – true there are no first class seating but do you expect first class at economy prices? They are the Aldi and Lidl of aviation but remember that Ryanair, Aldi and Lidl are all doing remarkably well!

  • Travel Snob

    People already fly transatlantic for a weekend and a night or two for business so this is nothing new. I think they can forget about business travellers who aren’t paying for their seats as none in their right mind would do that – what it will do is give the opportunity to those who couldn’t otherwise justify/afford to travel to the US the chance which is good but I would still rather save up and pay £500 and get a flight with a decent airline with free luggage, more leg room, seat recline, no adverts, free food and drink, better service, on demand in-flight entertainment and bigger, quieter planes. 9 hours on a Ryanair flight to Miami from Stansted would be so uncomfortable and probably attract a lot of stag dos at those prices. Good business proposal on their part but not for me…

  • Toby Tyke

    I somehow doubt that JFK will be a Ryan Air Hub……Knowing O’Learys marketing strategies of old They’ll probably be flights from Dublin to an Airport 600 miles away from the Big Apple and call it New York (Dayton) ….or New York (Richmond) ….or even New York (Portland)…. after all here in the Uk we have Ryan Air flying into London Luton…. London Stansted …. London East Midlands … and London Dyce !!! ….if you believe anything Ryan Air tell you about £10 cheap flights you are a complete mug.

    • AndrewMunn

      I think Luton is officially known as London Luton.

      • SeaBeeUK

        No, it’s London Lutonistan.

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      Luton is a London airport. Many airlines do fly or have flown to and from London Luton.
      The train from Luton to King’s Cross makes it a decent option (cheaper & usually quicker than the Stansted train). Though you have to get to the Luton train station first, which is a taxi or shuttle bus ride.

      There were suggestions Ryanair could fly to Rochester for NY.
      But I think Ryanair have said it’s too far.

      I can’t see Ryanair flying to JFK, of course.
      Most of the cheaper UK flights to NY which you find on Skyscanner or wherever don’t go to JFK anyway (usually unless you fly with a change).

      • Macwad

        The only London Airport in London is City Airport

        • Le Cochon Bleu

          Rare to have an airport in a city, while it’s still quite a time outside the very centre if you take public transport.
          London city landings can seem quite hair raising if you see with a warning of what they’ve to dodge to land, and the ssoometimes quite steep downward trajectory.
          You don’t really notice at take-off.

      • Joe Bloggs

        New Jersey airport is probably less expensive than JFK. Just watch out for the crazy cops who go to DEFCON 1 if some jokers at the back shove the immigration queue.

  • Ian Rodgers

    Not a hope in hells chance, they”ll end up charging you a tenner to reserve your seats, £100 per bag, No food, you’ll pay for a P, pay to sit down, they’ll tax you to the hilt in extra charges, land you 200 miles from the city you intend flying to, give you 2 inches of leg room, you won’t get a seat pocket in the seat in front of you, they’ll have pay per view on the on flight entertainment and you’ll just end up wishing you flew with a proper airline in the first place. They’ll run at a loss until the proper more customer caring airlines go out of business, then you’ll end up paying more than those airlines ever charged in the first place. Seen it all before, don’t let them do it!!!

  • Bruce

    Would not give Ryan Air the trade even if they paid me to go.they are a shower

  • It’safact!

    Well it will give Virgin economy a run for their money then wont it !

  • David Vigar

    Is that £10 or £10 + tax + credit card fee + print your boarding pass fee + ….?

    More seriously..

    Im not convinced a lot of people will give up on some comforts to save a little money. In addition, a lot of long haul travellers are either business travellers (who wont switch, even those stuck in the back) or those on a package which the likes of BA will fight hard to keep. I imagine the traditional carriers make a lot of money on Business and First class passengers, something Rynnair wont be able to do.

    Weve seen people try low cost long haul – think Air Asia X from KL to London and in general it hasnt really worked.

  • alan

    $10 for a ticket followed by a $100 surcharge to board the aircraft , $50 for a seat , $25 to use the toilet and finally $100 to disembark the aircraft .
    A surcharge of $200 pound for a parachute for those wishing to leave early has been withdrawn on the grounds that some people may forego the parachute .

  • mecchat

    £10 is a great price. However, you’ll need to wrap up well as it gets very cold sitting on the wings and in the hold…

  • totalastronomy

    Don’t forget the flat rate APD at £71 a pop! Plus security charges. Flights via Dublin will have only £13 APD provided Ryanair splits the ticket into two entirely separate bookings

  • Adam Finan

    What a bunch of losers, I wouldn’t travel on a budget airline even if they paid me, if I’m going to die in a plane crash it will be in First or Business, nothing less!

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      It will be in First or Business class where you die on a plane?
      Probably little or no difference in the end, where death is concerned.

  • gaswork

    with every ticket sold comes a health warning

  • John Matravers

    Having travelled Ryanair short haul and Virgin and others long haul cannot wait for their £10 across the pond service

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  • Karl Banks

    Other than the issue with Fossil fuels ad their derivatives and the need incentivise the R&D and use of cleaner, environmentally, sustainable alternatives, there are so few sensible comments here and so much negativity it defies belief… :((

  • Karl Banks

    The fossil fuel issue aside, i see no negatives with this and fail to see that comparison between the likes of BA and Emirates?? thats like comparing a tinted hot dog to a 12Oztop steak… You pays your money and makes your choice… simple…. This would open up a whole new world to so many who maybe couldn’t afford it.. including th opportunity to bring family and friends closer together 🙂 wheres the valid argument in deny ing that option?? j(again, other than the fuel/sustainability/planet argument)… just saying…

  • Karl Banks

    Sorry about the typos people :/ (note to self…Proof read before sending)

  • Robin Tams

    £10 for the fare then pay for baggage,meals drinks an aircraft takes 30 tons of fuel to fly to america at £10 for 300 people thats £30000 i dont think this is reality but lets see

  • Red Baron

    never been to the US of A,always too expensive to fly,but this idea floats my boat

  • Youorns60

    Ive had one flight with Ryanair and that will be the last. The landing was like being in a racing car, zooming around corners, screeching tyres and slamming the breaks on before we reach the building with the plane rocking forward and backward. Only to hear over the speaker, “Ryanair have again arrived on time”. I like to travel with a bit more calmness and quality. The pilots have to take safety limits to the minimum to reach O’Leary’s targets. Now yes they have had a good safety record, but I’ve seen fights with passengers watching them queue to get on the plane, trying to fit their cases in the bag measure, swearing at the guy trying to manage it and people jumping the queue. NOT FOR ME IN ANYWAY SHAPE OR FORM. And the owner is an absolute “a******e”

  • Alice Trout

    Why anyone would want to suffer this ‘airline’ is completely beyond me. Pedantic rules, always trying to catch their customers out, scrums to board, snotty staff, remote airports and they’re not always the best deal around. Still it does at least tend to keep the rif raf away from proper airlines.

  • Anntwon
  • Stewart Hughes

    that cheap,?? i could go to the US, but i dont know where to go, i dont know any one in the US..

  • Funforus

    Referring to all the comments about irresponsible use of fossil fuels . . . people may be pleased to know that the introduction of aviation bio-fuel is well under way now. The US Department of Defense (of all people) has carried much of the development by financing research and carrying out practical testing and various programmes of thorough testing in civil use are nearing their end. I’m not sure of the proportions currently reached but it is already permissible in several places to fuel a plane with a proportion of bio-fuel. I suppose that the only way to tell would be to sniff the lingering chip shop odour replacing the paraffin heater smell previously typical of jet aircraft!

  • Rob Rivers

    As has been said previously, don’t like Ryanair, then don’t use it, more room for people like myself who are more than happy with them and after more than 60 previous flights with them, don’t expect my satisfaction to change. Most recent flight to Vilnius, earlier this week, necessitated an 8 minute taxi ride to the city centre.

  • BeppeSapone

    Recently endured a Ryanair flight to Tenerife ….. never again. The seats are fixed so it’s impossible to nod off. You have to sit to attention for 4 hours……. The USA … thanks, even at 5p a ticket.

  • mufuliraman

    Someone mentioned refuelling at BANGOR(Maine). Wow that takes me back to Freddie Laker days when on his first DC10 we refuelled there out and back on the way to LAX, the only thing the airport shop sold was lobster.;

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  • robertf

    £10-00 one one way probably £200-00 return, which is what most people do

  • Bill at No.21

    I flew to San Francisco last month with an airline called WOW. I will fly with them again (and again). They simplified the cost of the flight into it’s constituent parts; The Gatwick fees came to £96.66, the Iceland fees came to £17.25, US landing fees, border control, baggage handling (I didn’t have any) Customs fees came to £23.46 and the Flight, one way, came to £107.63. Oddly enough the return fees were £19.11 for the US, £17.25 in Iceland and nothing for Gatwick!
    What I think I’m trying to say is that flights are cheap at the moment, but you have to take into account “mandatory extras” as well as…..
    On WOW, everyone knew that they must take their own food and drink and that there is no in-flight entertainment, although they do however, provide pricey food and there are electric sockets under the seats to power lap-tops etc.

  • Norm Belle

    from the US for as little as $10 (£6.75), although fares could be closer to £100 more like dearer than BA & Virgin? Smoke & mirrors.

  • Mike

    Ryanair wont be flying to the USA using Boeing 737s (pictured) as they just don’t have the range.

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      They can have the range if the luggage weight is carefully worked out, and there may be a refuelling stop, somewhere in North America north of New York.
      Some carriers have done trans-atlantic that way since I was a teenager (over 25 years ago, the 737s are old planes).
      I never found out, though, whether or not the 737 I was on was used as a replacement plane at times by that carrier, or if they used it a lot or always.
      It always bugged me to know.
      Too long ago, though, for me to remember which airline it was.

  • Joe Bloggs

    i once flew from Gatwick to Orlando on a 737 that had to be refuelled at Bangor Maine as it was being flown right up to its service distance limit, The seats were too small and too close together. IMHO these cheapskate operators who push short-haul planes to the limit are not worth bothering with as its far better to book a “Consol” .

    With a “consolidation flight” one pays for a seat that would otherwise have flown empty. The planes are the proper long-haul types (Jumbos) and they have proper seats. Having just said that, I’ve not been on a plane for decades as I just cannot tolerate the bolshy airport staff at Thiefrow who think that they have got jobs for life.

    • Le Cochon Bleu

      Which was the airline?

  • Youorns60

    Ryanair!!!! Not for me. Ive hated the 2 or 3 times travelling with them. No more. People racing to the plane to get the best seats. The planes taxiing ridiculously fast so that they reach the terminal exactly on time, screeching to a halt after breaking really hard and the plane rocking backwards and forwards. And the tannoy pronouncing that the plane had arrived at the terminal on time. Pilots under duress to meet O’Leary’s craziness. People acting like animals to get on and off first, trying to fit their hand luggage in the size check which are too big for it, and attendants not able to control the unruly people queuing to race to the best seats. I would rather pay more to be in a controlled chilled out environment and being considerate towards other people. I know their safety record is quite good, but it doesn’t feel that way with them, and i’m not giving my money to O’Leary no matter how successful he is. I would rather pay more and feel safer, or not fly at all.

    And yes one is a mug to believe all the advertising about cheap flights. Money really is the evil it is made to be.

  • thompsda1

    £10 a flight + sorry sir you are wearing shoes that’s an extra £50 as for that shirt on your back that’s an extra £20, what you want to pay for your flight with money, that’s a £20 handling fee etc. etc.

  • trev

    wonder how many times they will be fined for under fuelling their planes,theyve had too make 3 emergency landings already this year because of this,not much room for error flying over the atlantic

  • Sid & Doris Bonkers

    Since you mention the U.S, can I just take this opportunity to say I pray every day for the utter ruination of all smarmy tech-y American whizz-kids set to make squillions via some vacuous on-line rubbish like “Snapchat”? Obviously I’m a grumpy git, but there must surely be another reason for my feeling this way. (Then again, I think I’ll just keep praying. As you were, dears.)

  • Oliver De Figueiredo

    The Danger is other airlines copying Ryan Air and making flying such a misery…

  • Chris Wood

    I think Norwegian Air pipped them to the post on this one by 5 years.

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