Ryanair launches a route with thrice-daily flights
Ryanair celebrated the launch of several new international routes from Barcelona this year with a cake. Brandishing the knife last weekend were Sandra Rubio, Sales & Marketing Executive Spain & Portugal, Ryanair (left) and Vanessa Requena, Head of Airport Management Centre (CGA) and Airport Marketing (right). Of the routes listed on the cake only the Rome Fiumicino services started this weekend.
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- Ryanair has started the summer season slowly, launching just two new routes before the end of March. However, both routes face unusually intense competition. On 30 March the ULCC began thrice-daily flights on the 850-kilometre route between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Barcelona (BCN), an airport pair that is also served by Alitalia (21 weekly flights) and Vueling (30 weekly flights. The airline’s other new route is from Manchester (MAN) to Gran Canaria (LPA). This 3,020-kilometre route will be served twice-weekly, but will face competition from Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways (both operating thrice-weekly), as well as Jet2.com and Monarch Airlines (both operating twice-weekly). Both Ryanair routes are, of course, operated by its extensive fleet of 189-seat 737-800s.