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Everything you need to know about Ryanair’s new long-haul bookings

In what will be great news for travellers looking to go to far-flung destinations like Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, Ryanair has announced a brand new flight partnership with Air Europa for long-haul bookings. Passengers can now browse and book Air Europa flights on 20 routes from Madrid to 16 countries through the Ryanair website.

Javier Hidalgo of Air Europa with Michael O Leary of Ryanair. Image: Ryanair
Javier Hidalgo of Air Europa with Michael O Leary of Ryanair. Image: Ryanair

“We are pleased to announce this exciting partnership with Air Europa, which allows our customers to browse and book flights on 20 long routes from Madrid to exciting cities in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the USA on the Ryanair.com website,” said Ryanair CEO, Michael O Leary. “Ryanair operates over 50 short haul routes to/from Madrid and now our customers can book flights on Air Europa long-haul routes to destinations including Buenos Aires, Havana and New York.”

Bright colors of Caminito street in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
You can now fly to Buenos Aires with a little help from Ryanair. Image by Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

This new Air Europa partnership follows the launch of Ryanair’s connecting flight service via Rome Fiumicino last week. The second phase of the partnership will be launched later this year, and it will allow Ryanair customers to connect on to Air Europa long haul flights through Madrid.

The 20 new destinations are Boston, Miami, New York, Buenos Aires, Santa Cruz, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Havana, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Guayaquil, San Pedro Sula, Tel Aviv, Cancun, Asuncion, Lima, San Juan, Montevideo and Caracas.

Ryanair customers will be able to fly to New York through Air Europa. Image: Ryan D. Budhu/Getty Images
Ryanair customers will be able to fly to New York through Air Europa. Image: Ryan D. Budhu/Getty Images

In even better news, more destinations could open up, as Ryanair is continuing its discussions with a number of other long-haul airlines on potential feed and connecting flight partnerships.

Ryanair customers will soon be able to fly to Havana through Air Europa. Image: Bastian Linder
Ryanair customers will be able to fly to Havana through Air Europa. Image: Bastian Linder

“This partnership with Ryanair gives us great satisfaction, and it puts us at the forefront of business and allows us to strengthen our competitiveness,” said Globalia Group CEO, Javier Hidalgo. “With this agreement Air Europa doubles its connectivity with the European continent adding 53 European cities.”