Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair spreads wings with new package holiday service

Ryanair has launched a package holiday service which it claims will be the best value for travellers. The Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and Ryanair Holidays will transform the travel industry.

Customers can book seats on Ryanair flights along with a choice of more than 330,000 hotels throughout the Mediterranean and major European cities.

Ryanair has formed a partnership with Spanish tour operator Logitravel and accommodation provider World2Meet.

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, claimed that the service would be "a great success" and said the company would forgo its commission to increase sales.

He told a press conference in London: "If you're looking at a package holiday on Ryanair Holidays, you will see that typically our customers will save at least £40 on every single seat that they're booking.

"If you take those flight savings that you make versus any other airline and apply those to a package holiday, a mum, dad and two kids will save at least 10% on a package holiday.

"We are also willing to invest our part of the commission to drive conversion of this and it's a market which has a huge amount of commission, so we're confident this will be the best value for European consumers in the market."

The service has been launched in the UK, Ireland and Germany with a dedicated website. Other markets will follow next year.

Holidaymakers who book through the firm will be protected under the Atol scheme, which ensures consumers are refunded if a travel firm collapses.

Belfast Telegraph