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Ryanair to offer discounts for Erasmus students



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President of Erasmus Student Network, Safi Sabuni pictured with Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in Brussels on 23 May, as Ryanair became the exclusive partner of the EU Erasmus Student Network, offering Erasmus students huge savings, with fare discounts, free bags and tailored travel offers.Picture credit: Ryanair  

On 23 May Ryanair became the exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network. The airline will offer some savings, fare discounts, free bags and tailored travel offers to Erasmus students.

The Erasmus partnership was delivered as part of Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme. Some of the offers that will be available to Erasmus students include 15 percent off flights booked on Ryanair.com, a booking portal (scheduled to go live later in the summer) and a community forum to share travel hints and tips. 

“These discounts will help students broaden their horizons and learn first-hand about the richness, diversity and beauty of our wonderful continent,” Violeta Bulc, EU Commisioner for Transport, said in a press release. “This partnership between one of the largest European airlines and one of the largest exchange student organisations is something I hope other transport providers will be inspired to follow.”

The Erasmus programme provides university students across Europe the chance to study in a different European city for a year.

“The Erasmus Generation is a generation of Europeans that are perennially curious, open-minded and full of wanderlust,” said president of Erasmus Safi Sabuni in a press release. “We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to fruitful collaboration.”

The student organisation aims to facilitate cultural and academic exchanges and enhance language skills in 37 countries. Since its launch 30 years ago, over 3 million students have benefitted from the programme.