Ryanair selects Paphos in Cyprus as 50th base; two aircraft to serve 14 destinations, Greece and Italy targeted

Ryanair’s COO & Deputy CEO Michael Cawley with Fred van der Meer, CEO Hermes Airports. (Note: Cawley is 57, not 50.) Ryanair becomes the leading airline at the Cypriot airport with 44 weekly departures – ahead of easyJet and Thomson with 29 each. The base will place a major focus on Italy and Greece – prior to Ryanair's announcement the UK represented 90% of seat capacity at Paphos this summer.

Ryanair has announced Paphos in Cyprus as its 50th base, and fourth new base for 2012 (following Karlsruhe-Baden, Billund and Palma de Mallorca). Unlike these other airports, Ryanair does not currently serve Paphos. From the beginning of April, a total of 14 destinations will be served, half of which will be either in Greece or Italy, two country markets that Ryanair appears to be particularly keen on growing in 2012.

Country Airport served (Start date, weekly frequency when launched)
Germany Frankfurt Hahn (5 April, 2), Memmingen (4 April, 2)
Greece Araxos/Patras* (3 April, 3), Chania** (4 April, 4), Thessaloniki*** (3 April, 7)
Italy Milan Bergamo (3 April, 3), Pisa (4 May, 2), Rome Ciampino (3 May, 3), Venice Treviso (2 May, 2)
Lithuania Kaunas (2 May, 1)
Norway Oslo Rygge (8 May, 1)
Poland Krakow (6 April, 2)
Sweden Stockholm Skavsta (5 April, 2)
UK London Stansted (2 May, 4)
Source: Ryanair

* 5/week in May ** 5/week in May *** 10/week in May

In total, by mid-May, Ryanair will be operating 44 departures per week from Paphos, making Ryanair the leading airline at the airport. According to OAG data for July, easyJet and Thomson Airways will each be operating 29 departures per week.

Only one of the 14 routes is to the UK which, prior to Ryanair’s announcement, represented almost 90% of all scheduled seat capacity at the airport this summer, with British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways all active in the market.

In 2010, Paphos Airport handled 1.6 million passengers (compared with 5.4 million at Larnaca, the other main airport in the country). In June, July and August, passenger numbers were up by more than 10% at the airport, and for the first eight months of the year as a whole demand was up almost 11%.

Cyprus Airways provides indirect competition on six routes from Larnaca

Although there is minimal direct competition to Ryanair’s services at Paphos, Larnaca offers a certain amount of indirect competition with Cyprus Airways offering an alternative on six routes, and Aegean, Condor, Lufthansa and Norwegian all ‘competing’ on two routes.

Ryanair airport from PFO Alternative from Larnaca Airlines at Larnaca (WF)
Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Frankfurt (FRA) Lufthansa (5), Cyprus Airways (3), Condor (1)
Memmingen (FMM) Munich (MUC) Lufthansa (4), Cyprus Airways (2), Condor (2)
Chania (CHQ) Chania (CHQ) Aegean (2)
Thessaloniki (SKG) Thessaloniki (SKG) Cyprus Airways (14), Aegean (12)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Milan Malpensa (MXP) Cyprus Airways (2)
Pisa (PSA)
Venice Treviso (TSF)
Rome Ciampino (CIA) Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Cyprus Airways (3)
Kaunas (KUN)
Oslo Rygge (RYG) Oslo (OSL) Norwegian (3)
Krakow (KRK)
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Norwegian (2)
London Stansted (STN) London Stansted (STN) Cyprus Airways (3), Thomson Airways (1)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 2 July 2012
Cutting that delicious-looking cake: Maria Kouroupi, Marketing Manager, Hermes Airports, Ryanair COO and Deputy CEO Michael Cawley and Fred van der Meer, CEO Hermes Airports.

Cutting that delicious-looking cake: Maria Kouroupi, Marketing Manager, Hermes Airports; Ryanair COO and Deputy CEO Michael Cawley; Fred van der Meer, CEO Hermes Airports; and Ken Hassard, Executive Manager Commercial and Marketing, Hermes Airports.

What they said

Speaking in Paphos on Tuesday (10 January), Ryanair’s COO and Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce Paphos as our 50th base with 14 routes beginning in April next which go on sale on www.ryanair.com tomorrow. Cypriot consumers/visitors can now beat the recession and escape Cyprus Airways’ high fares by switching to Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee to 14 exciting destinations all over Europe including Germany, Italy and Sweden among others. Ryanair’s 600,000 passengers p.a. will sustain up to 600 jobs in Paphos.”

Alfred Van der Meer, Hermes Airport Group Chief Executive, said: “This is a great vote of confidence in the potential of both the airport and our region from Europe’s largest airline. Today’s announcement will help create much needed jobs and tourism and shows that Ryanair shares our confidence in the tremendous opportunity for strong market growth at the airport.”


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