Ryanair passes 100 destinations from London Stansted; Memmingen only new route in 2009

Image: Ryanairs 100th route
Stansted-Allgäu/Memmingen (or “Munich West” in the Ryanair booking tool) became one of its 103 services out of Stansted this summer. See Allgäu listing in anna.aero Route Shop.

This summer for the first time Ryanair will serve more than 100 destinations across Europe from its biggest base at London Stansted. While the number of destinations served continues to rise (to 103 this summer) the number of daily departures this summer is not significantly higher than in the summer of 2003 when just 65 destinations were served. In total Ryanair has at some point or other served 130 airports from Stansted.

Chart: Ryanair at London Stansted - Daily departures and destinations served: S02 - S09
Source: OAG and anna.aero research

What the graph reveals is that the average weekly frequency on each route has fallen dramatically from 16 weekly departures to just 10. This is still well above Ryanair’s total network average. What is clear is that during the last two winters the airline has adapted capacity much more to meet the lower winter demand on many routes.

Dublin is the only destination that is still served more than four times per day while all 103 summer destinations are served at least three-times weekly.

WF* Destination
51 Dublin (DUB)
28 Belfast City (BHD)
27 Oslo Torp (TRF)
26 Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)
24 Rome Ciampino (CIA)
21 Glasgow Prestwick (PIK), Milan Bergamo (BGY), Pisa (PSA), Shannon (SNN)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 10 August 2009
WF*: Weekly frequency (one-way)

Dublin used to be served with up to 14 daily flights while the Prestwick route was operated up to six times daily. Frankfurt Hahn was also once served with six daily flights as was Rome Ciampino.

In recent years the rate of new route additions at Stansted has slowed but the airline has still started operating the following 16 routes since the beginning of 2008.

Destination Started Comment
Faro (FAO) 01 Apr 08 11 flights per week this summer versus easyJet (22/week)
Angouleme (ANG) 01 Apr 08 Summer only
Beziers (BZR) 19 Jul 08 Summer only (dropped for S09)
Madrid (MAD) 26 Oct 08 Served double-daily
Katowice (KTW) 27 Oct 08 Served daily
Bologna (BLQ) 27 Oct 08 Served daily (flights moved from Forli)
Zweibrűcken (ZQW) 28 Oct 08 Served daily
Tenerife (TFS) 28 Oct 08 Three flights per week
Malaga (AGP) 28 Oct 08 Served daily this summer versus easyJet (22/week)
Ibiza (IBZ) 28 Oct 08 Operated year-round (versus easyJet with 18/week during summer)
Fuerteventura (FUE) 28 Oct 08 Dropped after winter season
Agadir (AGA) 20 Nov 08 Winter only service (twice-weekly)
Lourdes/Tarbes (LDE) 20 Dec 08 Winter only service (weekly)
Cuneo (CUF) 20 Dec 08 Winter only service (weekly)
Basel (BSL) 21 Dec 08 Three weekly flights
Memmingen (FMM) 01 May 09 Daily with extra flights in peak summer period
Source: OAG Max and anna.aero research

Taking aim at easyJet?

The addition of routes to Alicante (March 2007), Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma (March 2007) will not have pleased easyJet which up until then had a monopoly on these popular ‘summer-sun’ destinations from Stansted. Apart from these routes the two LCCs also compete directly for passengers wishing to go to Valencia. The only new route to be started by Ryanair from Stansted in 2009 is to Memmingen in Germany which Ryanair likes to refer to as Munich (West). It thus competes indirectly with easyJet’s service to Munich.

Image: Traditional musical welcomes the launch of Ryanair’s London Stansted-Memmingen service on 1 May
A traditional musical (and apparently religious) welcome for the launch of Ryanair’s London Stansted-Memmingen service on 1 May.

Sometimes even Ryanair can’t make it work

A number of routes have also been discontinued from Stansted. Destinations served last summer from the airport but not this summer are Balaton (Hungary), Beziers (France), Forli (Italy) and Nantes (France). Other notable route casualties over the years have included Blackpool, Brussels Charleroi, Erfurt, Maastricht, Malmo, Nimes, St Etienne and Strasbourg. The Strasbourg route was given up after a lengthy court case involving Air France and the issue of French tax-payers money being used by the airport to support / market the route.


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