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Not happening: Ryanair says it won't be flying to the US after all

On Monday, it was reported that Ryanair was looking at plans to fly between a dozen European and US cities.

Back he goes...
Back he goes...
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Updated at 11pm

RYANAIR SAYS IT won’t be launching a transatlantic schedule anytime soon – despite reports to the contrary at the start of the week.

According to a statement today:

“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.”

On Monday, the Financial Times reported Ryanair was looking at plans to fly between a dozen European and US cities within four or five years.

It quoted the airline as saying:

The board of Ryanair … has approved the business plans for future growth, including transatlantic.

It said some transatlantic fares would be sold for as little as £10 (€14), but that the majority would be priced at higher rates.

Chief executive Michael O’Leary has previously flagged the move – but back in November said the company was still years away from pulling off the expansion because of a global backlog in long-haul plane orders.

The low-cost carrier launched a new website for US customers to book European flights at the end of last year.

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