To add to the woes of IAG who own low-cost Vueling , British Airways and Iberia, Ryanair said the second phase of its Air Europa partnership will be launched later this year, allowing its customers to connect onto Air Europa flights through Madrid.
Ryanair is also continuing discussions with a number of other long-haul airlines on prospective feed and connecting flight partnerships. It has already announced plans to team up with Norwegian.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, said: "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. This partnership is the latest 'Always Getting Better' enhancement. We continue to speak to a number of other long haul airlines about potential connecting flight partnerships and we look forward to offering our 130m customers an even greater choice and range of long haul services in 2018."
The chief executive of Globalia, which owns Air Europa, said the partnership allowed it to "strengthen our competitiveness", doubling Air Europa's connectivity in Europe, adding 53 cities.
Last month, the carrier's finance director Neil Sorahan said Ryanair could halt flights out of the UK "for a period of time" due to Brexit uncertainty hitting demand.
Sorahan warned that there could be "no flights for period of time between UK and Europe" if no bilateral arrangements are made.
Sources CityAM, BBCNews, CNS, AP, ENSA,Reuters