Ryans fly free

Virgin Express and Ryanair are giving free flights to people named Ryan.

By J.A. Getzlaff
May 3, 2000 8:00PM (UTC)
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Meg Ryan, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Ryan O'Ryan. If your first, middle or last name is Ryan, you might want to consider a trip to the U.K. this month.

According to a BBC report, budget airlines Ryanair and Virgin Express are battling over passengers -- and the result is two separate promotions that offer free flights to anybody called Ryan.

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That's right, Ryan -- free flights for you. Virgin, which started the promotions, is offering complimentary flights from Ireland's Shannon Airport to London's Gatwick Airport between May 4 and May 14. Not to be outdone, Irish airline Ryanair is offering persons named Ryan -- and one friend of his or her choice -- free flights between Shannon and London's Stansted Airport through May 24.

So hurry up, Ryans and friends of Ryans -- tickets are going fast. "There has been huge demand," a Ryanair spokeswoman told the BBC. "There are a lot of Ryans out there."

A Virgin Express spokeswoman agreed. "There are an amazing amount of Ryans in Ireland," she said.

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To receive their free flight, Ryans need to show up with identification, of course.


J.A. Getzlaff

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