Budget carrier Ryanair has announced partnership with Spain’s Air Europa in an attempt to expand network to several new destinations, which will among others include Havana and New York. The Dublin-based Ryanair in a statement said that in the initial stages of its partnership, the customers would be able to book tickets with Air Europa for connecting to 20 destinations in the Americas.
Media reports quoting a spokesperson of Ryanair said that under the second stage of the partnership the airline’s customers would be offered opportunity to book flights to Madrid as well as to other long-haul routes operated by Air Europa. Travel experts said that the strategy being formulated by the two low-cost carriers would bring them in face off with their rivals.
According to travel experts, Ryanair with its partnership with Air Europa wants to make best use of its extensive European network and earn huge profits. Both the airlines want to offer stiff competition to their legacy rivals and feed customers to more profitable long-haul routes.
Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair, said, “The new partnership with Air Europa should be seen similar to those of between Norwegian Air Shuttle and Aer Lingus. The coming years is going to see the growth in Ryanair’s passenger numbers mostly coming from feeder deals. I can say that Ryanair is hoping to transport 200 million customers by 2024 as compared to 117 million passengers in 2016. Keeping these figures in view I can conclude that nearly 10 percent of passenger growth would come from partnerships like that with Air Europa and others in future.”
Ryanair is looking forward to entering into partnerships with TAP Portugal, Lufthansa and Alitalia so that it would be able to operate feed arrangements with these carriers. Meanwhile, Ryanair has in May this year started providing connecting flights to its customers on its own network at Fiumicino Airport in Rome.