Paris Beauvais is Ryanair’s #8 airport, but still not a base

Paris BVA stands for Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport (to give it its full, official name).

Paris BVA stands for Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport (to give it its full, official name). Ryanair has helped grow the airport, around 85 kilometres north of Paris, to almost four million passengers in 2012, making it Ryanair's eighth busiest airport, but it is still not a base.

Ryanair’s busiest airports are, not surprisingly, also major bases for the carrier. But there is one glaring exception – Paris Beauvais Airport. Due to Ryanair’s on-going disagreement with French authorities regarding interpretation of EU employment law, the Irish LCC now basically refuses to base any aircraft full-time in France. However, the Paris market is far too attractive for the carrier to be ignored, so instead it operates a network of almost 50 routes into Paris Beauvais Airport (some 85 kilometres north of Paris), using aircraft based at its many other European bases, and occasionally operating “W” flights, to enable it to serve destinations that are not bases.

Ryanair's top 12 airports Weekly departures in August 2013

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 12 August 2013

With almost 250 weekly departures this summer, Paris Beauvais ranks eighth among Ryanair’s airports, and by far the airline’s busiest non-base airport. Ryanair is the dominant carrier at the airport (which also currently has scheduled services from Air Moldova, Blue Air, Jetairfly and Wizz Air), and has helped it grow from under one million passengers in 2003, to almost four million less than a decade later.

Paris Beauvais 1997-2012 Annual passengers (millions) and year-on-year growth

Source: UAF

Three new destinations already added in 2013

This summer Ryanair will be operating to 45 international destinations across 14 countries, plus three domestic routes. Since services began in 1997, Ryanair has started, but since dropped, an additional 14 destinations, including four in Italy and three in the UK.

Country (Routes) Current served (WF) Previously served
Croatia (2) Pula (2), Zadar (4)
France (3) Beziers (4), Carcassonne (3), Marseille (7) Pau
Germany Bremen
Hungary (1) Budapest (4)
Ireland (1) Dublin (12) Knock, Shannon
Italy (11) Alghero (2), Bari (5), Bologna (9), Brindisi (2), Cagliari (5), Milan Bergamo (14), Pescara (3), Pisa (10), Rome Ciampino (14), Trapani (3), Venice Treviso (7) Lamezia Terme, Parma, Turin, Verona
Lithuania (1) Vilnius (3) Kaunas
Morocco (6) Fez (3), Marrakech (6), Nador (3), Oujda (2), Rabat (3), Tangier (3)
Norway (1) Oslo Rygge (3) Oslo Torp
Poland (3) Krakow (3), Warsaw (3), Wroclaw (3)
Portugal (2) Faro (5), Porto (17)
Slovakia (1) Bratislava (3)
Spain (11) Alicante (4), Barcelona (14), Girona (7), Madrid (7), Malaga (4), Palma de Mallorca (3), Santander (3), Seville (4), Tenerife Sur (2), Valencia (4), Zaragoza (3) Reus
Sweden (2) Gothenburg Save (3), Stockholm Skavsta (7)
UK (3) Edinburgh (4), Glasgow Prestwick (4), Manchester (3) Bournemouth, East Midlands, Liverpool
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 12 August 2013,

The most recent additions to the network were Warsaw (October 2012), Carcassonne (December 2012), Zadar (April 2013), Rabat (April 2013), and Oujda (June 2013). Flights to Alghero resume next week having last operated in April 2010.


  1. Simon says:

    And EuroLOT will start services in September

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