The Erasmus programme provides university students across Europe the chance to study in a different European city for a year, facilitating cultural and academic exchanges and enhancing language skills in 37 countries. Over 3 million students have benefitted under the Erasmus programme since its launch 30 years ago.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, from the 23rd of May, Europe’s No.1 airline Ryanair became exclusive partners of the EU Erasmus Student Network, offering Erasmus students huge savings, with fare discounts, free bags and tailored travel offers.
The EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said: “These discounts will help students broaden their horizons, and learn first-hand about the richness, diversity and beauty of our wonderful continent! 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. I would like to thank Ryanair for launching such an initiative.”
This Erasmus partnership programme, is delivered as part of Year 4 of Ryanair's “Always Getting Better” programme and will offer student members:
15% off flights on the Ryanair.com website
A free checked-in bag with every flight booked
A dedicated Erasmus Students booking portal
Community forum to share travel hints & tips
Weekly travel offers to enable Erasmus students more easily move across Europe
Tailored Ryanair in-journey offers on the mobile app
In Brussels, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair has been a driving force of European integration over the past 30 years, providing young people, and especially students, with the freedom to fly across Europe on the lowest airfares. We are pleased to partner with the Erasmus Student Network, the latest initiative delivered under Year 4 of our “Always Getting Better” programme, which will offer university students across Europe a range of exclusive flight offers, free bags and tailored discounts to suit their budget, and allow them to save even more while they travel on Europe’s biggest airline with the widest route network and lowest fares.”
Safi Sabuni, the President of the Erasmus Student Network has said: “The Erasmus Generation is a generation of Europeans that are perennially curious, open-minded and full of wanderlust. This is made possible not only through the success of the European project and initiatives such as Schengen and Erasmus+, but also thanks to companies like Ryanair – without which it would be much harder to travel around Europe. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to a fruitful collaboration.”