Ryanair and Air Europa have announced a new long-haul partnership that, starting today, will allow customers to book long-haul flights on Air Europa via Ryanair’s website. The agreement includes Air Europa flights on 20 routes to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, the U.S., and other destinations in the Americas. The deal gives Air Europa easy access to to Ryanair’s 130 million customers.
A second phase of this partnership will be launched later this year. Ryanair customers will be able to connect to Air Europa long-haul flights through Madrid and vice versa.
“Ryanair operates over 50 short haul routes to/from Madrid and now our customers can book flights on Air Europa long-haul routes to destinations including Buenos Aires, Havana, and New York,” said Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. “We continue our journey to becoming the Amazon of travel, and we look forward to offering our 130 million customers an even greater choice and range of long-haul services in 2018.”
“With this agreement, Air Europa doubles its connectivity with the European continent adding 53 European cities,” said Javier Hidalgo, CEO of Globalia Group. Globalia Group is Air Europa’s parent company. “This agreement consolidates Air Europa, the only regular airline with 100% Spanish capital, as the best price-quality option to fly between Europe and America. I am also happy to announce that in 202 Air Europa will have the most modern and efficient fleet of the market operating between both continents.”
This new partnership has great potential to massively disrupt the low-cost airline industry in Spain. Airlines such as Vueling, a Spanish low-cost carrier, and Iberia, Spain’s flag carrier, will see increased competition, as its customers choose to connect to various European destinations with Ryanair after the second wave of its partnership with Air Europa begins.
Ryanair says that it isn’t done looking for partnerships like this. O’Leary expects that partnerships like the one with Air Europa could increase passenger numbers by 10%, and deals with Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air Shuttle have already been worked out. Ryanair hopes that new deals to reach its goal of carrying 200 million passengers by 2024.