4 September 1998

Airline offers 16.99 fare to Europe

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The budget airline Ryanair yesterday cut fares to Europe to as little as 16.99 one-way as part of a promotion aimed at luring passengers away from major carriers.

The Dublin-based operator, which has become Europe's largest and most profitable low-fare airline, announced an "autumn seat sale" on all 13 routes between London Stansted and the Continent, Scotland and Ireland. Lowest fares to Pisa, Venice, Oslo, Stockholm and the southern French town of Carcassonne are being reduced by almost 50 per cent to 29.99 one-way, or 64-70 return, including local taxes. Ticket-prices to Rimini, in Italy, Kristianstad in Sweden and St Etienne, in the Rhone Valley, are being trimmed further to 16.99 single or 37-40 return.

Ryanair's flights from 12 UK airports to Dublin will offer seats at 39.98 return, or 59.98 from Gatwick. Fares between Stansted and Glasgow Prestwick will also start at 33.98. The airline said that one million seats would be available at the special prices, which will be bookable until Sept 15 for travel between Sept 22 and Dec 6.

Passengers wanting to fly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will face a 10 supplement for each leg of their journey. The discounts will not apply to flights after 12 noon on Fridays and Sundays.