Ryanair-Norwegian close to ‘feeder flights’ deal

First combination of flights could start in Q1 2017
Ryanair and Norwegian look set to secure a ‘feeder deal’ that would see the Irish airline filter its passengers into the Scandinavian carrier’s growing network of low-cost, long-haul routes. The first combination of flights could start in the first quarter of 2017.
Passengers departing regional airports could be fed through Ryanair’s main hub at a time synchronised to connect with the long-haul leg of their journey operated by Norwegian, all made through a single transaction.
A deal would pave the way for Norwegian to operate transatlantic routes to more European airports at a reduced cost, while guaranteeing higher priced seats for Ryanair.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, told the Sunday Telegraph that the year-long talks “are now moving forward with more pace than when we first started discussing the deal – there’s new momentum behind it now”.
He added: “Feeder deals will become an aspect of the European aviation market in 2017 and we’d like to see this deal come through as early as possible”.
He then clarified: “We have a 95% load factor. We’re not doing this because we see 20 empty seats on a Ryanair flight. It’s more strategic. What’s in it for us is that it supports the logical development of the market the way we would want to see the market develop,” so that “short-haul flying in Europe is primarily handled by low-cost carriers”.
Sunday Telegraph / TTG Digital

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