We all like free stuff, so how about your next flight for nothing? Too good to be true?
According to Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, free flights are the future – and they could be offered to customers within the next decade.
Speaking at the Airport Operators Association conference in London , O’Leary claimed that the increase of attractive offers being made to his company by European airports, coupled with the possibility of reduced or abolished taxes, makes free travel on his airline a real possibility.
O’Leary has never been a stranger to outlandish claims, which may lead some to take his comments with a pinch of salt, but he makes a compelling case and is adamant that his dream of offering tickets for free will be possible. He Said:
“I have this vision that in the next five to 10 years that the air fares on Ryanair will be free, in which case the flights will be full, and we will be making our money out of sharing the airport revenues; of all the people who will be running through airports, and getting a share of the shopping and the retail revenues at airports.”
He told the conference that he is already practically paying holiday-makers to fly.
“I’m doing seat sales this week at £4 and I’m paying the £13 APD [Air passenger duty] – I’m paying you to fly with me.
“Instead of promotional tickets being £9 or £5 they will be free.”
We certainly hope so. Ryanair is already associated with jetting us to our favourite European destinations with plenty of money to spare for a beer or two, but it remains to be seen if the results of Brexit negotiations will affect the future of the low-cost airline in the UK. O’Leary has previously said:
“If Britain leaves the single market, Britain may be forced out of the open skies regime, and air fares and the cost of holidays will rise.
“Brexit would push up fairs.” he remarked.
Looks like we will have to wait and see if our next flight is on O’Leary.