Ryan Air co founder
Kell (Michael) Ryan is the co-founder of Ryanair, the largest low-cost airline in Europe.
Ryanair was financed and was the dream of Dr T.A.Ryan, Kell Ryan's older brother and has worked with him almost since its conception, when the airline had only 50 employees. Working furiously to revolutionise and change air travel within Europe. Ryanair has made air travel available and affordable to all. Ryanair now employs 2300 people.
Kell spent the first 24 years working for the Irish national airline Aer Lingus were he was responsible for all operations, passenger and other airline handling contracts at London Heathrow Airport. He headed the major and crucial transfer of Ryanair to the then little known airport of Stansted and has spent the last few years primarily promoting and marketing Ryanair within Europe.
It is a matter of great pride to him that he is a pioneering member of a team that has changed travel within Europe In 1985 Ryanair carried 5000 passengers and in 2004 they expect to carry 24 million passengers and will become the largest low cost airline in Europe. Ryanair is the third most recognised brand on Google.
He has chaired and is involved with many tourism forums within Ireland, England, and continental Europe. As strong advocate of higher education, he is currently involved with universities in Ireland, England, Germany and in the United States. He is also on the board of visitors of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Mr Ryan takes great delight in passing on his knowledge, enthusiasm and love of aviation and tourism. He has the ability with his wit, stories and antidotes of the industry to capture any audience along with his depth of business knowledge.
Ryanair has been one of the great business success stories of the past decade. With forty years of business experience, Kell Ryan has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the key areas, spanning customer service, training, marketing, sales, operations, and media communications.