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Article from BTNews 30 SEPTEMBER 2013

AMEX and Ryanair

It was really a question of circumstances but Ryanair held their latest press conference last week at Victoria’s Goring Hotel, very much up-market and the favourite hostelry of the late Queen Mother.  In truth it was not part of the new ‘nice’ Ryanair project but a question of facility availably.  Congenial Deputy Chief Executive Howard Millar held the fort and not the combative Michael O’Leary.

Ryanair is to give travellers the option to pay for their tickets using American Express after announcing a new acceptance agreement with the card giant.

The airline says this provides passengers, business travellers and corporate travel departments with even more ways to book the lowest fares on the Ryanair website.  Mr Millar explained:  "We estimate that 20% to 25% of our passengers are travelling on business, with online check-in ensuring they avoid airport queues, while the option of priority boarding and reserved seating has proven extremely popular not only with business passengers, who can board and exit the aircraft first, or choose one of 45 pre-reserved seats, but also with families and those travelling in groups.

"Indeed, a recent survey of Ryanair passengers in Spain, where Ryanair is the largest carrier, highlighted that 22% of our passengers were travelling on business”. www.ryanair.com

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