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Ryanair plans cheap flights from Europe to Boston

Associated Press / November 3, 2008
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LONDON - The budget airline Ryanair plans to offer trans-Atlantic flights as cheap as $12.70, before taxes, to Boston and several other US locations from Britain and Ireland, a company official said, according to a newspaper report.

The Irish airline wants to offer services from London's Stansted and Dublin airports to Boston, New York, Florida, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary was quoted as saying in Britain's News of the World tabloid.

Ryanair Holdings PLC spokeswoman Pauline McAlester said she could not confirm the plan before an official announcement today when the company's half-year results - expected to show a fall in profits as a result of slowing consumer demand - are announced.

"Economy class will be very cheap - around 10 euros [$12.70]. But our business class will be very expensive. There's always 10 to 15 percent who'll pay whatever it costs for a wide seat," O'Leary was quoted as saying.

Last month, the airline closed a base in Valencia, ending 70 weekly flights to the city in Southern Spain.

But O'Leary hopes Ryanair could snap up aircraft from struggling rivals to create a new trans-Atlantic service, the newspaper said.

"We'll just have to keep flying more aircraft, opening up more routes, and offering people more cheap flights," he was quoted as saying.

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