Ryanair jets slow down to save fuel

July 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 30 (UPI) -- Officials with Irish budget airline Ryanair said pilots are being told to fly slower in an attempt to save money on fuel costs.

Howard Millar, deputy chief executive, said pilots are being instructed to fly slower -- adding an average 2 minutes for every hour in the air -- to cut back on fuel usage, The Express reported Tuesday.

"We're flying slightly slower but burning less fuel," Millar said.

Officials said about the quarter of the airline's profits are coming from add-on fees, such as allowing passengers to choose special seating and fines for passengers who don't bring printed copies of boarding passes purchased online.

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