Route of the week: Ryanair’s Dublin – Kerry
|The Irish Independent reported on Ryanair’s typically low-key launch of its new Dublin-Kerry service this week. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary flew the county colours at the launch.
- Ryanair began its controversial Public Service Obligation route between Dublin (DUB) and Kerry (KIR) this week. The two airports will be connected by three daily flights. The route had previously been operated under PSO rules for six years by Aer Arann. At just 260 kilometres and around 30 minutes flight time it is probably Ryanair’s shortest service. Another new route started by Ryanair this week was from London Stansted (STN) to Beziers (BZR) in the Languedoc region of the south of France. Last year Beziers airport handled just 31,824 passengers. Ryanair started operating to Beziers at the end of March from its Bristol base.
|Passengers on Wizz Air’s first flight from Sofia to Varna were surprised with a goody bag.|
- Wizz Air launched three new routes from its base in Sofia (SOF) this week. Brussels Charleroi (CRL) will be served twice-weekly and will compete indirectly with Bulgaria Air’s daily service to Brussels Zaventum. Milan Bergamo (BGY) will be served three times weekly and will compete head-to-head with MyAir.com’s thrice weekly CRJ900 service. Alitalia also operates daily between Milan Malpensa and Sofia. Wizz Air is also starting a domestic route from Sofia (SOF) to Varna (VAR) which will operate four times each week and compete with Bulgaria Air’s four times daily service. Finally, Wizz Air has started serving Venice Treviso (TSF) three times weekly from its Budapest (BUD) base. Opposition will come from Malev who operate twice daily to Venice Marco Polo. To be able to operate this route Wizz Air appears to have dropped its Cluj Napoca (CLJ) service from Budapest.
- Volareweb has started three seasonal routes from its Milan Malpensa (MXP) hub. Ibiza (IBZ) will be served five times weekly, Heraklion (HER) will be served thrice weekly and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) will get eight weekly flights. All three destinations will be served until the first week in September. The airline has been put up for sale by Italian authorities after a new court case deemed that the sale to Alitalia in 2006 did not follow correct procedures. Wonder if Air One, easyJet or Air Berlin might be interested in making an offer…
- Montenegro Airlines launched twice-weekly services from Tivat (TIV) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) this week. This marks the airline’s second route to Italy as it already serves Rome Fiumicino thrice-weekly from Podgorica. The airline is on-track to carry around half a million passengers this year. In June alone passenger numbers were up 19% to 52,000.