Ryanair predicts cheaper flights for winter: Why?

Budget airline says cost of tickets could fall by up to eight per cent

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Low-cost airline Ryanair has predicted a price war among European airlines this winter.

The budget carrier believes passengers will save between six and eight per cent on ticket prices over the next few months due to falling fuel prices.

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According to the Daily Mirror, Ryanair's marketing chief Kenny Jacobs said: "The big drop has given airlines more financial firepower.

"It will be great for consumers as there will be a fares war. It will be very, very aggressive."

Airlines say they buy jet fuel months in advance and are only starting to benefit from the falling fuel prices.

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Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's marketing chief, told The Times: "Germany is our single biggest strategic focus."

Ryanair looks to control around 20 per cent of Europe's aviation market within five years, compared to five per cent today.

The news came as Ryanair announced its summer 2016 schedule, with new flights to Milan, Sofia, Verona and Vilnius.

It said UK customers can choose from over 150 London routes next summer and can look forward to further improvements as Ryanair continues Year 2 of its Always Getting Better programme, which has already delivered native mobile apps, reduced sports and airport fees and a new car hire partnership with CarTrawler.

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