Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has opened its first travel agency in Manchester, UK.
The new ‘pop-up’ shop – as known by the airline – will offer the airline’s routes, and it has offered to pay double the difference if visitors can identify a cheaper flight to their destinations from Manchester. The shop is now open in the Piccadilly area of the city for the next four weeks.
Michael Cawley, the airline chief operating officer, said, ‘Ryanair has long pioneered customer innovations and through our latest promotion, we will bring our ultra-low fare seats right to the heart of Manchester, with the opening of our first pop-up shop, giving high street customers the chance to see our lowest fares for themselves.
If any passenger finds a cheaper flight to/from Manchester during the four weeks the store is open, we will refund double the difference – we won’t be beaten on price – while we’ll also be giving away a return flight for two, every day, to amazing European destinations, including Budapest, Dublin, Faro, Oslo and Riga.
Since launching our Manchester base in November 2011, Ryanair has carried over 1.7m passengers to/from Manchester Airport, connecting the North West to 30 destinations across Europe, and sustaining over 1,700 ‘on site’ jobs at Manchester Airport.’
The airline has recently been accused of practicing unsafe procedures, and will be undergoing an investigation before it may be cleared of charges of noncompliance to safety standards while flying to France.
The airline, which has suffered flight incidents quite frequently recently, had to make an emergency landing at Valencia for refuelling, in Spain, breaking a safety regulation. European Union rules make it mandatory for commercial aircraft to carry plenty of fuel to cope with a range of emergency events.