Ryanair launches 22 new routes from 24 airports in 12 countries

Ahead of Poland hosting Euro 2012 – the European football/soccer championship – Ryanair has launched a new route to Katowice in southern Poland from its new base in the British football city of Manchester – a fact that the Polish airport celebrated with a football stadium cake.

Malmö Airport’s airport director Peter Weinhandl invited passengers to celebrate with traditional Swedish ‘Princess Cake’ when Ryanair relaunched its route to the airport in southern Sweden from London Stansted.

At Oslo Rygge Airport, Ryanair’s new winter route launches – along with the announcement of six new routes next summer – were celebrated with two adjoined cakes.

At Oslo Rygge Airport, Ryanair’s new winter route launches – along with the announcement of six new routes next summer – were celebrated with two adjoined cakes.

Leipzig/Halle Airport is a new airport in Ryanair’s network. The airline now serves the airport in eastern Germany from both Rome Ciampino and London Stansted. Posing for the camera were Fabrizio Ferri, Ryanair’s Rome Ciampino base captain, and his crew along with Bettina Ganghofer, Managing Director PortGround, and Dierk Näther, Managing Director Leipzig/Halle Airport. (Photo: Uwe Schoßig)

Leipzig/Halle Airport is a new airport in Ryanair’s network. The airline now serves the airport in eastern Germany from both Rome Ciampino and London Stansted. Posing for the camera were Fabrizio Ferri, Ryanair’s Rome Ciampino base captain, and his crew along with Bettina Ganghofer, Managing Director PortGround, and Dierk Näther, Managing Director Leipzig/Halle Airport. (Photo: Uwe Schoßig)

Also at Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the new Ryanair route to Manchester was celebrated with a football theme. Ryanair’s crew posed with the airport’s Mélissa Milioto, PR & communication executive, and David Gering, commercial director aviation, PR & communication.

Also at Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the new Ryanair route to Manchester was celebrated with a football theme. Ryanair’s crew posed with the airport’s Mélissa Milioto, PR & communication executive, and David Gering, commercial director aviation, PR & communication.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary was on site in Manchester to watch a flash mob get the terminal dancing as the airline launched its new base at the airport. See video from the event:

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary was on site in Manchester to watch a flash mob get the terminal dancing as the airline launched its new base at the airport. See video from the event

  • Ryanair has launched a ‘that’s more like it’ 22 new routes this week. A total of 24 different airports are involved (spread across 12 countries), with the leading country markets being UK (16 new routes), followed by Germany and Poland with six new routes each. The average weekly frequency of these 22 new routes is 3.7, with just four of the routes being launched with daily frequencies. These include a new daily service from London Stansted (STN) to Leipzig/Halle (LEJ), a new airport for Ryanair. Since 2003, Ryanair had been serving the Leipzig region by flying to Altenburg, but this service ended earlier this year. Over half of Ryanair’s new routes this week are from its new Manchester base. With the launch of another batch of new routes at the airport next summer, Ryanair will then serve 26 destinations from Manchester. The only new route this week not involving a base at either end of the route is Eindhoven (EIN) to Gdansk (GDN). With flights now to almost 30 destinations maybe the Dutch airport is destined to be Ryanair’s next base? A summary of all of this week’s new routes is shown in the following table.
Launch Base Destination WF
1 November Bristol (BRS) Katowice (KTW) 2
1 November Eindhoven (EIN)* Gdansk (GDN) 2
3 November Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Plovdiv (PDV) 2
2 November Leeds/Bradford (LBA) Kaunas (KUN)** 2
3 November London Stansted (STN) Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) 7
1 November London Stansted (STN) Malmö (MMX) 7
3 November Manchester (MAN) Bremen (BRE)** 3
2 November Manchester (MAN) Brussels Charleroi (CRL)** 7
1 November Manchester (MAN) Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)** 3
2 November Manchester (MAN) Girona (GRO)** 5
2 November Manchester (MAN) Katowice (KTW) 2
3 November Manchester (MAN) Malaga (AGP)** 3
3 November Manchester (MAN) Memmingen (FMM) 5
2 November Manchester (MAN) Milan Bergamo (BGY)** 7
4 November Manchester (MAN) Oslo Rygge (RYG)** 4
2 November Manchester (MAN) Paris Beauvais (BVA) 4
2 November Manchester (MAN) Rome Ciampino (CIA)** 4
4 November Manchester (MAN) Rzeszow (RZE) 2
1 November Oslo Rygge (RYG) Poznan (POZ) 2
1 November Rome Ciampino (CIA) Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) 3
1 November Rome Ciampino (CIA) Marseille (MRS) 3
1 November Rome Ciampino (CIA) Poznan (POZ) 2
Source: Ryanair WF: Weekly Frequency * Airport is not a designated base ** Airport is a designated base

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