The board of budget flier Ryanair has approved a move to take the company to the US, with flights to New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami and more scheduled to depart within the next five years.
The plan comes with the attractive headline ticket price of just £10 or so if you book in advance and don't mind being strapped to a wing, which, if you survive the internet equivalent of a bloody Black Friday stampede for bookings, could get you a one-way ticket to the US. The angry, non-ironically moustached US border police won't be happy with people arriving with one-way tickets, mind, so chances are you'd have to buy a return at the same time.
The move should see flights departing to the US from Dublin and "London" Stansted airport before 2020, as part of the group's expansion plans. The FT quotes a Ryanair spokesperson as saying: "The board of Ryanair, like any plc, has approved the business plans for future growth, including transatlantic. We are talking to manufacturers about long-haul aircraft but cannot comment further on this."
According to the Irish Mirror the company is preparing a separate spin-off brand to handle the transatlantic flights, just in case the Ryanair name isn't prestigious enough to trust with a nine-hour flight. [Mirror]