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The low-cost carrier is hopping across the Atlantic.

May 23, 2017

Dublin-based low-cost carrier Ryanair is no longer just a way to travel around Europe on the cheap: The airline announced on Tuesday it is now offering tickets to the U.S. and South America.

The no-frills carrier has long specialized in short-haul routes to European cities. They've now teamed up with Air Europa to offer connecting flights to New York City; Havana, Cuba; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and other cities.

Flights to Europe from the U.S. fly direct to Spain only, and all other flights to Europe must connect through Madrid. Prices vary depending on the destinations, and Ryanair has not released figures on the cheapest destinations so far.

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The airline is in talks with other major carriers to set up similar deals in the hopes of becoming “the Amazon of travel,” CEO Michael O’Leary said in a statement. “We look forward to offering our 130 million customers an even greater choice and range of long haul services in 2018.”

Transatlantic airfares have been falling as the competition heats up. Norwegian Air and WOW Air have both flaunted $70 one-way fares, and airfare to Europe this summer is down as much as 42 percent on some routes.

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