Ryanair launches corporate jet service


Budget airline Ryanair has increased its offering to business travellers by launching a corporate jet service. The airline has been previously known for its no frills approach but has now customised a , fitting it with 60 business class seats.

The new aircraft will have a flight time of up to six hours and is aimed at sports teams and holiday makers as well as business travellers. It will be staffed by Ryanair pilots and crew and there will be “fine dining” catering facilities available.

Prices for the service will be on a cost-per-hour basis, with quotes “dependent on the departure and arrival airports”. Ryanair claimed that the rate would be the most competitive in Europe.

The company’s Robin Kiely said: “More than 25 million business travellers fly with Ryanair every year, choosing our low fares, unbeatable on-time performance, and Europe’s largest route network, along with the benefits of our Business Plus service.

“Now, business and group travellers can also enjoy the benefits of Ryanair’s corporate jet service, as we offer a customised Ryanair Boeing 737-700 for private charter.”

Carriers like Ryanair and its rival easyJet have been increasingly targeting the business travel sector as companies try and keep their travel budgets in check.

The average Ryanair fare is $53 (€47) one-way, whereas a 60 seater private jet from London to Geneva charges about $47,500 (€41,705) or $792 (€703).