$15 America-Europe Flights Grounded

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By Karla Bowsher

It seems Ryanair celebrated April Fools Day a little early.

The company's board has retracted its confirmation that ultra-cheap transatlantic flights -- as low as $15, before fees, surcharges and taxes -- are in the works. According to a statement issued to the London Stock Exchange:

In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings P.L.C. wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any trans-Atlantic project and does not intend to do so."

Thursday's one-sentence statement contradicts what the Irish airline company announced earlier last week. CNN Money reported that it received an email statement Tuesday containing the following:

"The board of Ryanair ... have approved the business plans for future growth, including transatlantic. We would like to offer low cost flights between 12-14 European cities and 12-14 U.S. cities. The business plan is there, but it's dependent on attaining viable long-haul aircraft, and we estimate that's four to five years away."

Financial Times reports that Ryanair's outspoken chief executive, Michael O'Leary, told the publication that the company made a mistake, saying "it was a miscommunication."

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