Bargain US skies

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Looking forward to future trips? It seems certain that a holiday in the US will become significantly cheaper in years to come as transatlantic fares are set to tumble. Low cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will offer flights to the US from seven pounds sterling plus taxes within four years, although once taxes, fees and charges are added, Ryanair’s fare is likely to be nearer 80 pounds sterling.

Ryanair’s move follows the conclusion of an “open skies” agreement that will come into effect next year. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and American Airlines are currently the only airlines that can fly from Heathrow to New York, but under the new agreement any airline will be able to fly from any EU city to any destination in the US, and vice versa.

Ryanair will fly to six smaller US airports, including Baltimore, Providence, Rhode Island and New York Long Island.

And Ryanair is not alone …. Low-cost carrier Zoom airlines has already announced low cost flights to New York from Gatwick starting on June 2. Meanwhile, Bmi is planning a link with United Airlines to offer flights from the airport to various US cities. Finally, Silverjet, the dedicated business class carrier that offers return fares from Luton to New York for less than 1,000 pounds sterling, is also keen to fly from Heathrow.