RYANAIR ANNOUNCES FIVE YEAR HOTEL PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPEDIA
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline today (22nd March) named Expedia Private Label as the exclusive partner to provide hotel accommodation for its passengers on www.ryanair.com.
Thanks to this new five year deal, Ryanair’s 50 million passengers will enjoy a choice of more than 20,000 hotels across Europe, ranging from basic budget to five-star luxury, available at each of Ryanair’s 130 destinations. Bookings can be made easily and conveniently on www.ryanair.com. Beginning in 2008, tailor-made hotel deals will be incorporated into the flight booking process.
To celebrate this new partnership, three special offers are available immediately:
Passengers should visit www.ryanair.com to book, and for the terms and conditions which apply to these offers.
Announcing this new partnership, Ryanair’s deputy CEO, Michael Cawley said:
“We are delighted to select Expedia as the exclusive partner for ryanairhotels.com. This is a win-win for Ryanair, Expedia and most importantly our customers. Passengers will enjoy significantly improved choice and fantastic hotel deals from the world’s largest online hotel vendor on Ryanair.com, Expedia will grow alongside Europe’s fastest growing airline, while the additional business will contribute to offering the lowest fares as Ryanair grows to 84 million passengers per annum in 2012.”
David Roche, senior vice president of Expedia Private Label, said:
“Adding easy access through the Ryanair site to our unrivalled hotel stock will mean that passengers can book their accommodation simply and quickly, knowing that they can choose exactly where they want to stay at the best available rate. These special introductory offers, and others we have planned, will make the product even more attractive.
“This is an important business win for us,” he added, “and we are very pleased to be working with Ryanair. This agreement recognises our expertise in providing private label services to companies wishing to offer their customers high quality travel products without the need for upfront investment. We have a proven track record in delivering ancillary revenue earnings growth for our clients and we look forward to working with Ryanair for the long-term.”
* Taxes and charges excluded – subject to availability and a reservation on www.ryanairhotels.com
Ryanair is Europe’s largest low fares airline with 19 bases and 455 low fare routes across 25 countries. By the end of March 2007 Ryanair will operate an entire fleet of 134 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with firm orders for a further 117 new aircraft (net of planned disposals), which will be delivered over the next 5 years. Ryanair currently employs a team of 4,200 people and expects to carry approximately 50 million scheduled passengers in the current year.
For further information on Ryanair please contact:
Peter Sherrard - Ryanair Pauline McAlester – Murray Consultants
Expedia Private Label, part of Expedia Inc, provides full-service travel products to more than 8,000 private label partners globally, including many of Europe's pre-eminent airlines, top train companies, portals and market-leading online travel agencies including Eurostar, Alitalia, Swiss Air Lines, Virgin Express, Icelandair and Formula 1. Expedia's Private Label platform allows these partners to distribute Expedia's highly competitive travel products, and benefit from Expedia's robust technology, unrivalled supply quality, and leading merchandising tools. Expedia Private Label offers hotels, dynamic packages, car hire, flights, insurance and destination services to partners in more than 20 EMEA markets
Lizann Peppard, Expedia Private Label