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Ryanair’s new Seville base opens with 11 new routes; overtakes Vueling as airport’s leading carrier by seats

Ever wondered what a base launch actually looks like? Here’s an action shot of Ryanair’s Director of New Route Development, Ken O'Toole, assisted by “Maria.”

Ever wondered what a base launch actually looks like? Here’s an action shot of Ryanair’s Director of New Route Development, Ken O'Toole, assisted by “Maria.”

This week saw the launch of Ryanair’s latest Spanish base in Seville. A total of 11 new routes have been started thanks to the arrival of two based aircraft. In addition, the airline will operate a further 14 routes this winter that were operated during the summer, with five other destinations served during the recently completed summer season.

More capacity than Vueling this winter

Offering a total of 25 destinations this winter and 109 weekly departures Ryanair has edged ahead of Vueling as the leading carrier in Seville as measured by seat capacity. Vueling operates 101 weekly departures across nine destinations (with 44 weekly departures to Barcelona alone), while Iberia flies 117 weekly departures spread across nine domestic destinations.

Ryanair’s route network at Seville, which it first started serving in 2005, is summarised in the table below.

Country New route in Winter 2010 Existing year-round route Summer 2010 routes
Belgium Brussels Charleroi (2)
France Marseille (3)
Paris Beauvais (3)
Germany Weeze (3) Frankfurt Hahn*
Ireland Dublin
Italy Bari (3)
Palermo (2)
Venice Treviso (3)
Milan Bergamo (7)
Bologna (3)
Rome Ciampino (5)
Pisa (3)
Cagliari*
Malta Malta (2)
Morocco Fez (2)
Marrakech (1)
Netherlands Eindhoven (3)
Spain Palma de Mallorca (6)
Santiago de Compostela (6)
Valencia (7)
Zaragoza (3)
Alicante (7)
Barcelona (14)
Girona (7)
Reus (4)
United Kingdom London Gatwick (3) London Stansted (7) Bristol*
Liverpool*
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 1 November 2010
Figures in brackets are weekly frequencies for November 2010
*Apparently not re-starting next summer

Four of the five routes that were operated this summer but are not operating this winter are also not bookable for next summer. Frankfurt Hahn services were very publicly dropped last week but services to Bristol, Cagliari and Liverpool also appear to have been terminated. However, Dublin flights will resume next summer.

Facing direct and indirect competition on Seville routes

This winter, Ryanair will face direct competition to Alicante (from Iberia), Barcelona (from Spanair and Vueling), Palma de Mallorca (from airberlin and Air Europa), Santiago de Compostela (from Iberia) and Valencia (from Iberia). There is also indirect competition on routes to Brussels, London, Rome and Paris.


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