Ryanair unveils transatlantic plans

The Irish company has a new business venture...

Ryanair unveils transatlantic plans

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Ryanair has announced a new partnership with Air Europa which will allow flyers to book long haul flights through its website.

Customers can now browse and book Air Europa flights on 20 long haul routes from Madrid to 16 countries in North, Central and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the US.

The company says that this is part of its 'Always Getting Better' programme and that it is, "continuing its discussions with a number of other long haul airlines on potential feed and connecting flight partnerships."

In Madrid, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary commented, “We are pleased to announce this exciting partnership with Air Europa, which allows our customers to browse and book flights on 20 long routes from Madrid to exciting cities in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the USA on the Ryanair.com website. Ryanair operates over 50 short haul routes to/from Madrid and now our customers can book flights on Air Europa long-haul routes to destinations including Buenos Aires, Havana and New York."

"We continue to speak to a number of other long haul airlines about potential connecting flight partnerships and we look forward to offering our 130m customers an even greater choice and range of long-haul services in 2018," he added.

He said that this is the latest step in its journey to become "the ‘Amazon of travel.’"