January 29, 2012

Ryanair Opens New European Routes in Spring 2012

The leading European low-cost airline Ryanair has recently announced opening of several new routes starting from spring 2012. 

5 new routes will operate from Budapest to Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Dublin and London (Stansted) from March 2012 which will deliver 200,000 passengers p.a. and create up to 200 local jobs at Budapest Airport.

19 new routes will operate from Girona to Aarhus, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Cork, Doncaster, Dusseldorf, Gdansk, Ibiza, Knock, Krakow, Madrid, Malmo, Nador, Perugia, Poitiers, Skelleftea, Stockholm, Thessaloniki and Turku from March 2012.  Ryanair’s Girona based aircraft will grow from four to nine for summer 2012, as its new routes (59 in total) increase its Girona traffic to 3m passengers p.a., sustaining up to 3,000 jobs at the airport and in the Girona region.

7 new routes will be launched from Malta to Bournemouth, Kaunas, London Stansted, Malm√∂, Oslo Rygge, Turin and Wroclaw in May 2012. Ryanair’s 7 new routes (28 in total) will grow Ryanair’s Malta traffic to over 1m passengers p.a., sustaining over 1,000 jobs at the airport and on the island.

It was also rumoured that Ryanair intends to come to the Ukrainian market in the near future. At least, recently the vice prime-minister of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov has declared about the successful negotiations with Ryanair management on the introduction of new flights from Lviv and Donetsk to Paris, Barcelona, and London to improve the air connection with EURO2012 host cities for the European football fans. However, no official confirmation followed from Ryanair. Later on, Ryanair PR manager stated that although Ukraine is surely interesting for the company, no one can speak about any definite plans so far, since the entry to the Ukrainian market requires lots of preparatory works and overcoming lots of regulatory obstacles.

To new the complete listing of Ryanair's new routes introduced in the first half year of 2012, please click here.

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