|Ryanair launched Girona-Durham Tees Valley services last year. The first passengers to check-in were Kathleen Shippey of Thornaby (left) and Brenda Green of Eaglescliffe (right), who are pictured with Emma Ormerod, marketing and promotions executive, Durham Tees Valley Airport|
With nine aircraft based at the airport Ryanair’s Girona base near Barcelona is the airline’s joint biggest in continental Europe along with Frankfurt Hahn. Ryanair first started flying to Girona in December 2002 when it began double-daily services from Frankfurt Hahn. The following February double-daily services from London Stansted and Milan Bergamo were added with Glasgow Prestwick and Brussels Charleroi connections commencing in May 2003.
Ryanair base since 2004
The following February Ryanair made Girona a base and added a further 10 destinations. In 2003 the airport handed just under 1.5 million passengers but last year this had more than trebled to almost five million, ranking Girona as Spain’s 10th busiest airport, up from 15th in 2006. Ryanair’s share of this traffic was almost 90% the rest made up of summer charter traffic plus scheduled services operated by Centralwings (to Krakow), Spanair (to Madrid), Transavia (to Paris Orly and Rotterdam) and Wizz Air (summer only services from Katowice and Budapest).
Ryanair started 14 new routes from Girona at the start of the winter season which resulted in load factors dropping significantly in November and December. New routes to Linz, Basel and Billund appear to be getting off to a rather slow start with load factors of under 55%. In contrast Marrakech and the two new Polish routes to Poznan and Wroclaw have started well with load factors of 70% or more.
In July and August flown load factors (as opposed to booked load factor which includes ‘no-shows’) averaged over 80% across the network. Over the course of the year Ryanair’s flown load factor on Girona routes was estimated to be around 74%. Highest year-round load factors were achieved on flights to Liverpool (87.6%), Eindhoven (85.7%), Glasgow Prestwick (85.2%), Brussels Charleroi (84.9%) and East Midlands (85.1%). Among routes served throughout 2007 the lowest average loads were on London Luton (72.5%), Shannon (73.1%) and Frankfurt Hahn (73.8%).
London, Paris and Rome were top routes in 2007
Ryanair’s busiest routes into and out of Girona in 2007 were all major European cities which generate a healthy mix of both business and leisure traffic.
|Destination||Pax 07||LF 07|
|Source: Derived from AENA data|
At the beginning of 2007 Ryanair served just 23 destinations from Girona but during the year a total of 56 destinations were eventually served though some, like Faro, Malmo and Verona, were not served at the end of 2007. In addition services to Tenerife had relocated from the northern airport (TFN) to the southern one (TFS).
Routes more than doubled since last winter
From 23 routes last winter Ryanair is now serving 52 destinations in 19 countries from Girona. The list of all airports served during 2007 and their current weekly frequencies are summarised below.
|Country||Airport (current weekly frequency)|
|Austria||Graz (3), Linz (3)|
|Belgium||Brussels Charleroi (14)|
|Czech Republic||Brno (4)|
|Denmark||Aarhus (3), Billund (4)|
|France||Paris Beauvais (21)|
|Germany||Altenburg (3), Bremen (4), Düsseldorf Weeze (7), Frankfurt Hahn (11), Hamburg Lübeck (3), Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (7) Ireland Dublin (7), Shannon (4)|
|Italy||Alghero (7), Cagliari (3), Forli (4), Milan Bergamo (21), Pescara (3), Pisa (7), Rome Ciampino (21), Trapani (3), Venice Treviso (7), Verona (0)|
|Morocco||Fez (3), Marrakech (3)|
|Netherlands||Eindhoven (7), Maastricht/Aachen (3)|
|Norway||Oslo Torp (4)|
|Poland||Poznan (3), Wroclaw (2)|
|Portugal||Faro (0), Porto (10) Slovakia Bratislava (4)|
|Spain||Madrid (7), Fuerteventura (3), Granada (10), Tenerife North (0), Tenerife Sur (4)|
|Sweden||Gotheburg Save (3), Malmo (0), Stockholm Skavsta (7)|
|UK||Blackpool (4), Bournemouth (7), Bristol (7), Doncaster/Sheffield (4), Durham Tees Valley (3), East Midlands (7), Glasgow Prestwick (7), Liverpool (5), London Luton (7), London Stansted (16), Newcastle (4)|
|Source: Airline website and OAG Max Online for w/c 11 February 2008|
Milan, Paris and Rome are all served with triple-daily flights while Brussels and London are served at least twice-daily. London Stansted frequencies tend to increase dramatically during the summer season.
A further three new routes are scheduled to start in April to Birmingham, Manchester and Newquay. Birmingham was previously served during the winter of 2003 before a falling out with the airport resulted in the route being moved to nearby East Midlands airport.