Ryanair Lays Down Challenge to Lufthansa in Germany

27th May 2002

Ryanair, Germanyå‘s largest low fares airline today issued a challenge to Lufthansa to support the Germany National Football team in the forthcoming game against Ireland in the World Cup in Japan on 5th June next.

Ryanair today confirmed that if Ireland beat Germany, then Ryanair will give away all seats on its 13 routes to/from Frankfurt Hahn, Hamburg Lubeck and Friedrichshafen airports in Germany (on a day to be nominated by Ryanair) over the next 3 months for free, all that German passengers will pay is the airport charges and Government taxes, but the net air fare will be €0.00. However Ryanair will only carry out this offer if Lufthansa equally agrees that it will carry all of its passengers travelling to/from Frankfurt Main Airport at a similar €0.00 fare in the unlikely event of Germany beating Ireland.

Announcing details of this challenge to Lufthansa, Ryanair’s Chief Executive, Michael O’Leary said;

“We have already established that Lufthansa cannot beat Ryanair’s low fares. I am also confident that the German’s can’t beat the Irish in the World Cup in June, so we are prepared to put our money where our mouth is, as long as Lufthansa will do the same. After all Lufthansa have little to lose, particularly since Ireland will beat Germany in Japan in June. “As we say at football matches here in Ireland “you’ll never beat the Irish”, and as we say in the airline business “Lufthansa will never beat Ryanair”. So come on Jurgen Weber, get behind the German team, they need all the help they are going to get when they come up against Roy Keane (well maybe not) and his boys in June.”.




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