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27 October 2011 09:31
Ryanair is planning an expansion across Europe
Budget airline Ryanair has unveiled plans for a major expansion across Europe.
Speaking to the Financial Times, chief executive Michael O'Leary said he wants to take passenger numbers from the current 72.1 million to 120-130 million over the next 10 years.
As part of the expansion, Ryanair also plans to purchase 200 to 300 new narrow-bodied planes. Talks are being held with aviation firms regarding a possible deal.
The expansion plans would make the Dublin-based carrier one of the world's biggest airlines.
The announcement comes as demand for low-cost travel is on the rise, and holidaymakers planning breaks abroad will want to seek a good
travel insurance deal to match their newly purchased flights.
Ryanair could deploy 50 new planes to serve Scandinavia and a further 100 for the Baltic states, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, according to Mr O'Leary.
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