Spanish carrier Air Europa’s long haul flights are being made available to book via the Ryanair website.
Twenty routes from Madrid to 16 countries in North, Central and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the US can be booked through the Ryanair.com website.
A second phase of the Air Europa partnership will be added later this year, allowing Ryanair passengers to connect onto Air Europa long haul flights via Madrid.
Ryanair is continuing discussions with a number of other long haul airlines on potential feed and connecting flight partnerships.
The partnership is the latest initiative delivered in the fourth year of the Irish low cost carrier’s ‘Always Getting Better’ customer service initiative.
It follows the introduction of Ryanair’s connecting flight service via Rome Fiumicino airport last week.
Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said: “Ryanair operates over 50 short haul routes to and 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 AGB enhancement as we continue our journey to becoming the ‘Amazon of travel.’
“We continue to speak to a number of other long haul airlines about potential connecting flight partnerships and we look forward to offering our 130 million customers an even greater choice and range of long haul services in 2018.”
Javier Hidalgo, of Air Europa’s Globalia Group, said: “This partnership with Ryanair puts us at the forefront of business and allows us to strengthen our competitiveness.
“With this agreement Air Europa doubles its connectivity with the European continent adding 53 European cities.”