Ryanair Board Says They Don't Have Plans For $10 Transatlantic Flights After All

03/17/2015 10:40 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015

UPDATE Mar. 20: We hope you didn't get too excited about those $10 transatlantic flights Ryanair promised, because it turns out they're not going to happen anytime soon.

Despite confirming the approved existence and prices of the flights to the Huffington Post via email, the airline company's board released a statement on Thursday saying:

"In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so."

"We screwed up," said Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, to The New York Times. Yup.

Huffington Post has reached out to Ryanair for a comment and will update accordingly.


Ryanair, the Irish airliner famous for its ridiculously cheap ticket prices and lack of luggage space, announced Monday that the company's board has approved transatlantic flights.

The airline "would like to offer low cost flights between 12-14 European cities and 12-14 US cities. The business plan is there but it's dependent on attaining viable long haul aircraft and we estimate that's 4 to 5 years away," a Ryanair spokesperson told HuffPost via email. Ryanair confirmed that the flights to and from Europe would start at $10.

Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, has said for years that the airline would offer cheap transatlantic flights as soon as they acquired long-haul aircrafts. Ryanair confirmed via email that they are currently "talking to manufacturers" but provided no further details.

Once the equipment is finally in place and flights begin, customers should expect to pay all sorts of additional fees on their $10 ticket. As O'Leary has previously stated, passengers will be charged extra for luggage, meals and sitting in business or first class.

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