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Ryanair Seeking Long-Haul Partners

By Steve Wynne-Jones

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has said the budget airline is willing to cooperate with long-haul carriers as it applied for two new slots in Paris airpots.

Ryanair has applied for slots at Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and if approved, O'Leary told French financial publication Les Echos it will seek long-haul alliances.

"It would be perfectly logical for long-haul airlines like Air France to ask for our help to reduce their losses on short-haul flights," he said. O'Leary added that he has been in talks with major airlines such as Air France, Lufthansa, IAG, TAP, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian.

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If Ryanair is approved for the new slots in Paris it will be at the expense of its current operation in Paris Beauvais.

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