Ryanair will offer flights to the US for less than £10 when it eventually buys the long-haul aircraft it needs.
Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, told the Irish Hotels Federation conference in Meath yesterday that he would offer tickets to New York and Boston for €10 (£8.20). Flights back to Europe would cost €7.30.
However, he admitted that passengers would pay extra for everything from meals to baggage.
The flights would leave from up to 14 major European cities to 12-14 destinations in the US.
“We can make money on 99 cent fares in Europe,” Mr O’Leary said. “Not every seat will be €10 of course, there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.”