Flights from Essex to New York for £10, Ryanair chief pledges

Braintree and Witham Times: Flights from Essex to New York for £10, Ryanair chief pledges Flights from Essex to New York for £10, Ryanair chief pledges

Passengers could be able to fly from Essex to the United States for less than £10, a budget airline boss has claimed.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary suggested his airline would offer the ultra-cheap tickets once the company purchases a fleet of long-haul aircraft.

The Stansted-based carrier announced last week it was offering extra summer flights on new and existing European routes.

Mr O’Leary spoke about Ryanair’s ambition to offer Transatlantic flights to New York and Boston at a conference in Ireland.

He believes certain tickets can be offered for as little as 10 euros (£8.20), but customers would have to pay for extras including baggage, food and ticket printing.

Mr O’Leary said: “We can make money on 99 cent fares in Europe.

“Not every seat will be 10 euros of course - there will also need to be a very high number of business or premium seats.”

But the airline boss warned it could be four or five years until Ryanair is able to buy the fleet of 50 planes needed to start running regular flights to America.

Friday marked the first anniversary of Stansted’s takeover by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

Stansted chief executive Andrew Harrison said: “We have signed long term deals with airlines that will add an extra 11million passengers over the next decade.

”Our regulator has agreed to free us from price controls so we can get on with building long term commercial partnerships with airlines “ Ryanair will start 13 new routes at Stansted this summer, including Lisbon, Prague and Bucharest, as well as increased flights on 26 existing routes.

Mr O’Leary said: “Ryanair looks forward to further traffic, route and job growth at Stansted in the years to come."

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9:52am Wed 5 Mar 14

carnuts says...

Standing room only, and you have to pay for the fuel.
Standing room only, and you have to pay for the fuel. carnuts
  • Score: 3

10:32am Wed 5 Mar 14

romantic says...

I've flown Ryanair before and it was OK, but you do have to check the small print very carefully. That £10 fare will not happen. You have to fully understand their rules and follow them to the letter, or you will be hit with punitive charges. Other airlines are heading that way, but for now major airlines will at least try to guide and help you. With Ryanair, you get the feeling that the staff are almost willing you to be 500 grams over or miss a page when printing your boarding pass, or be 1 minute late due to traffic jams.

Can handle a 2 hour flight without buying food, but long-haul is a different beast. No doubt, they would charge you for the in-flight entertainment as well. And be cutting the fuel back to absolute minimum permitted. All of these things are how the money is made.
I've flown Ryanair before and it was OK, but you do have to check the small print very carefully. That £10 fare will not happen. You have to fully understand their rules and follow them to the letter, or you will be hit with punitive charges. Other airlines are heading that way, but for now major airlines will at least try to guide and help you. With Ryanair, you get the feeling that the staff are almost willing you to be 500 grams over or miss a page when printing your boarding pass, or be 1 minute late due to traffic jams. Can handle a 2 hour flight without buying food, but long-haul is a different beast. No doubt, they would charge you for the in-flight entertainment as well. And be cutting the fuel back to absolute minimum permitted. All of these things are how the money is made. romantic
  • Score: 6

11:49am Wed 5 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

I agree. There are too many catches. I once got a 99p return flight to Germany that actually cost £49.99 (not bad either). The carpark cost more than the flight and the dog kennels even more!
I agree. There are too many catches. I once got a 99p return flight to Germany that actually cost £49.99 (not bad either). The carpark cost more than the flight and the dog kennels even more! The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 4

11:57am Wed 5 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

It's just another Michael O'Leary attempt to grab the headlines, £10.00 fares to the US won't happen! I've also flown with Ryanair but only because there was not an alternative carrier that suited our schedule. Ryanair's attitude towards helping the customer or even in providing any form of customer service is appalling.

Easy Jet was also poor but at least they are now moving towards thinking that customer service is worth the effort.
It's just another Michael O'Leary attempt to grab the headlines, £10.00 fares to the US won't happen! I've also flown with Ryanair but only because there was not an alternative carrier that suited our schedule. Ryanair's attitude towards helping the customer or even in providing any form of customer service is appalling. Easy Jet was also poor but at least they are now moving towards thinking that customer service is worth the effort. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 10

1:59pm Wed 5 Mar 14

greenbroker says...

This news was in the press last week. Ryanair have been saying this for years. It might happen, but this is a publicity stunt. BTW, how much will ie cost to return? Read the small print as romantic says.
This news was in the press last week. Ryanair have been saying this for years. It might happen, but this is a publicity stunt. BTW, how much will ie cost to return? Read the small print as romantic says. greenbroker
  • Score: 4

2:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I flew Ryanair once. ('Once' being the operative word I might add!).

Indeed I even wrote to Michael O’Leary afterwards to tell him all about it.

Funny how he never replied.
I flew Ryanair once. ('Once' being the operative word I might add!). Indeed I even wrote to Michael O’Leary afterwards to tell him all about it. Funny how he never replied. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

carnuts wrote:
Standing room only, and you have to pay for the fuel.
... and outside toilets too with the kids put to work at the back winding the rubber bands, no doubt. I think not, except ... It would be in and out of Stanstead. And it would be only a few quid rather than the eight or nine hundred currently charged... Hmmmm. What of Oz: any plans for a low cost down under?
[quote][p][bold]carnuts[/bold] wrote: Standing room only, and you have to pay for the fuel.[/p][/quote]... and outside toilets too with the kids put to work at the back winding the rubber bands, no doubt. I think not, except ... It would be in and out of Stanstead. And it would be only a few quid rather than the eight or nine hundred currently charged... Hmmmm. What of Oz: any plans for a low cost down under? /@|_|@\
  • Score: 3

8:05pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jut1972 says...

Any CEO who calls his customers "b*stards" doesn't deserve your money. Won't go near this airline till OLeary is out on his ear
Any CEO who calls his customers "b*stards" doesn't deserve your money. Won't go near this airline till OLeary is out on his ear jut1972
  • Score: 4

12:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

mirokou says...

Michael O’Leary goes into a pub in Cork and asks for a pint of Guinness.
The barman nods and says: “That will be one euro”.
A pleased O’Leary hands over the money and comments: “That’s very cheap”.
“Yes sir, it is” replies the barman, “however, if you want
to drink the Guinness in a glass, you’ll have to pay an extra
€3”.
The Chief Executive scowls but pays up. He takes his drink goes towards a seat.
“Ah, sir, if you want to sit down, you’ll first have to sit in
this frame,” observes the barman.
Unfortunately O’Leary can’t squeeze into the frame. “Nobody
could fit in that little thing,” he complains.
“Then you’ll have to pay a surcharge of €5 for your seat,
sir”, cautions the barman.
“This is ridiculous,” cries O’Leary. “I want to see the manager”.
“Certainly sir”, responds the barman. “Here is his email
address or, if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and
9.10 any Monday morning. Calls are free until they are answered.
Then there is a talking charge of only 10 cents per
second.”
A furious O’Leary swears he’ll never come into this pub
again, to which the barman answers: “That’s perfectly O.K
sir, but remember we’re the only pub in Ireland selling pints
for one euro!”
Michael O’Leary goes into a pub in Cork and asks for a pint of Guinness. The barman nods and says: “That will be one euro”. A pleased O’Leary hands over the money and comments: “That’s very cheap”. “Yes sir, it is” replies the barman, “however, if you want to drink the Guinness in a glass, you’ll have to pay an extra €3”. The Chief Executive scowls but pays up. He takes his drink goes towards a seat. “Ah, sir, if you want to sit down, you’ll first have to sit in this frame,” observes the barman. Unfortunately O’Leary can’t squeeze into the frame. “Nobody could fit in that little thing,” he complains. “Then you’ll have to pay a surcharge of €5 for your seat, sir”, cautions the barman. “This is ridiculous,” cries O’Leary. “I want to see the manager”. “Certainly sir”, responds the barman. “Here is his email address or, if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 any Monday morning. Calls are free until they are answered. Then there is a talking charge of only 10 cents per second.” A furious O’Leary swears he’ll never come into this pub again, to which the barman answers: “That’s perfectly O.K sir, but remember we’re the only pub in Ireland selling pints for one euro!” mirokou
  • Score: 10

12:56am Thu 6 Mar 14

Boris says...

Michael O'Leary is a comedy villain, like those in a pantomime. I have flown with Ryanair several times a year for the last 10 or 12 years, and never once been disappointed. Fares have varied but it is all set out clearly provided you take the time to read what the screens are telling you.
On one occasion several of us were delayed by a demonstration blocking the motorway out to Palermo airport, so we missed our return flight. Ryanair could have charged us several hundred euros apiece for replacement tickets, but they just charged us 20 euros, and got us all home within a couple of days. This to me seemed more than fair.
.
There will indeed be £10 fares to New York, or some airport within a 150-mile radius of it, but only a few will be sold at that price. Most people will pay a realistic fare, but it will usually be competitive.
Michael O'Leary is a comedy villain, like those in a pantomime. I have flown with Ryanair several times a year for the last 10 or 12 years, and never once been disappointed. Fares have varied but it is all set out clearly provided you take the time to read what the screens are telling you. On one occasion several of us were delayed by a demonstration blocking the motorway out to Palermo airport, so we missed our return flight. Ryanair could have charged us several hundred euros apiece for replacement tickets, but they just charged us 20 euros, and got us all home within a couple of days. This to me seemed more than fair. . There will indeed be £10 fares to New York, or some airport within a 150-mile radius of it, but only a few will be sold at that price. Most people will pay a realistic fare, but it will usually be competitive. Boris
  • Score: 0

1:04am Thu 6 Mar 14

Boris says...

mirokou wrote:
Michael O’Leary goes into a pub in Cork and asks for a pint of Guinness.
The barman nods and says: “That will be one euro”.
A pleased O’Leary hands over the money and comments: “That’s very cheap”.
“Yes sir, it is” replies the barman, “however, if you want
to drink the Guinness in a glass, you’ll have to pay an extra
€3”.
The Chief Executive scowls but pays up. He takes his drink goes towards a seat.
“Ah, sir, if you want to sit down, you’ll first have to sit in
this frame,” observes the barman.
Unfortunately O’Leary can’t squeeze into the frame. “Nobody
could fit in that little thing,” he complains.
“Then you’ll have to pay a surcharge of €5 for your seat,
sir”, cautions the barman.
“This is ridiculous,” cries O’Leary. “I want to see the manager”.
“Certainly sir”, responds the barman. “Here is his email
address or, if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and
9.10 any Monday morning. Calls are free until they are answered.
Then there is a talking charge of only 10 cents per
second.”
A furious O’Leary swears he’ll never come into this pub
again, to which the barman answers: “That’s perfectly O.K
sir, but remember we’re the only pub in Ireland selling pints
for one euro!”
Good one, mirokou, even though it's been round the block a few times. Yes, it really is like that with Ryanair. The secret is to accept from the start that your nominal 99p fare is actually going to cost you £48 or £119 or whatever it happens to be. It will still be a lot cheaper than a flag-carrier airline.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: Michael O’Leary goes into a pub in Cork and asks for a pint of Guinness. The barman nods and says: “That will be one euro”. A pleased O’Leary hands over the money and comments: “That’s very cheap”. “Yes sir, it is” replies the barman, “however, if you want to drink the Guinness in a glass, you’ll have to pay an extra €3”. The Chief Executive scowls but pays up. He takes his drink goes towards a seat. “Ah, sir, if you want to sit down, you’ll first have to sit in this frame,” observes the barman. Unfortunately O’Leary can’t squeeze into the frame. “Nobody could fit in that little thing,” he complains. “Then you’ll have to pay a surcharge of €5 for your seat, sir”, cautions the barman. “This is ridiculous,” cries O’Leary. “I want to see the manager”. “Certainly sir”, responds the barman. “Here is his email address or, if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 any Monday morning. Calls are free until they are answered. Then there is a talking charge of only 10 cents per second.” A furious O’Leary swears he’ll never come into this pub again, to which the barman answers: “That’s perfectly O.K sir, but remember we’re the only pub in Ireland selling pints for one euro!”[/p][/quote]Good one, mirokou, even though it's been round the block a few times. Yes, it really is like that with Ryanair. The secret is to accept from the start that your nominal 99p fare is actually going to cost you £48 or £119 or whatever it happens to be. It will still be a lot cheaper than a flag-carrier airline. Boris
  • Score: 0

9:48am Thu 6 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

I dont think it would be my choice of destination whatever he charges.now the carribean from stanstead that would be nice.
I dont think it would be my choice of destination whatever he charges.now the carribean from stanstead that would be nice. stevedawson
  • Score: 2

11:33am Thu 6 Mar 14

hughie-s says...

Probably be to Hartford CT which they will call either New York (East) or Boston (West) .
Probably be to Hartford CT which they will call either New York (East) or Boston (West) . hughie-s
  • Score: 2

1:43am Sun 9 Mar 14

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
Probably be to Hartford CT which they will call either New York (East) or Boston (West) .
On the map that looks like an ideal choice for Ryanair. I had thought they would use Buffalo, which is in the state of New York, but it is almost 400 miles away, which would be a bit too far even for Michael O'Leary.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: Probably be to Hartford CT which they will call either New York (East) or Boston (West) .[/p][/quote]On the map that looks like an ideal choice for Ryanair. I had thought they would use Buffalo, which is in the state of New York, but it is almost 400 miles away, which would be a bit too far even for Michael O'Leary. Boris
  • Score: 1

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