Ryanair will soon offer flights to Brazil and other Latin American countries. The Irish low-cost carrier struck a deal with Spain’s Air Europa, as part of its strategy to widen its network of long-haul partners.
During the first stage of the partnership, Ryanair will allow customers to book Air Europa tickets from Madrid to 20 cities in the Americas, including São Paulo and Salvador. In fact, passengers will be able to fly to Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the United States, as well.
Ryanair currently operates 50 short-haul destinations in Europe from the Spanish capital. However, an increasing share of the company’s passenger growth comes from feeder deals. The Irish airline expects to fly over 200 million passengers by 2024.
The Air Europa deal follows similar partnerships with European carriers, such as IAG, Aer Lingus, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Last year, Declan Ryan, one of the founders of Ryanair, made controversial statements about Brazil. During an interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nación, he declared his big plans for Latin America.
In fact, the former Ryanair CEO said wanted to be present in every Latin American country. That is, except for Brazil. “There is too much corruption there,” said Declan Ryan.
We can’t say he was talking nonsense. Brazil is now facing one of its worst political crisis in recent history. The sitting president is under investigation, as are the leaders of Congress, members of the cabinet, and one-third of the Senate. Not to mention that we don’t know for sure who will occupy the presidency by the end of the next month.