Ryanair makes Bratislava base 71 but adds only one new route in S15

In typically flamboyant fashion Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary uses an axe to cut the great cake that was prepared for last week’s announcement of Ryanair’s 71st base. Joining him are Anne-Marie Callan, Irish Ambassador to Slovakia and Ivan Trhlík, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bratislava Airport. The ULCC will base two aircraft at Bratislava Airport next summer, but will add just one new route, Madrid, to its existing network of 15 routes.

Ryanair last week announced that it would be making Bratislava Airport its 71st base from the end of next March with two 737-800s being stationed in the Slovak capital. We certainly didn’t seen this one coming in our recent feature on potential Ryanair’s S15 bases, although we were pretty chuffed with guessing Copenhagen, the recently announced base #70, which came fourth on our list. This is good news for the Slovak airport which has seen its annual passenger numbers fall from a high of 2.22 million in 2008 (when local LCC SkyEurope was still operating) to 1.37 million in 2013. Ryanair first began serving Bratislava in October 2005 when services were launched from London Stansted and Milan Bergamo. Since then it has increased its activities at the airport considerably, though the number of annual operations peaked in 2010, before reducing slightly each year since.

Chart - Ryanair at Bratislava Annual flight movements 2005-2014

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi.

Next year’s new base will see the addition of just one new destination, Madrid, bringing to 27 the number of points across Europe that Ryanair has served from Bratislava, of which 16 will be operating next summer. The high churn rate of 41% (11/27) is not untypical for airports at which Ryanair operates. Among the 11 airports no longer served are three in Germany, three in Italy, two each in Spain and the UK, and Stockholm in Sweden. Madrid will be the first new destination offered by Ryanair from the airport since Gran Canaria services were introduced in 2011. Of the 16 destinations to be served next summer, six are summer-only, seasonal services (Edinburgh, Girona, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris Beauvais and Trapani).

Year launched Still operating (WF in Summer 2015) No longer operating
2005 London STN (14), Milan BGY (4) Frankfurt HHN
2006 Dublin DUB (7)
2007 Girona GRO (2) Bremen BRE, Bristol BRS, East Midlands EMA, Stockholm NYO
2008 Birmingham BHX (3), Edinburgh EDI (2)
2009 Brussels CRL (3), Liverpool LPL (3), Paris BVA (3), Rome CIA (4) Alicante ALC, Bologna BLQ,  Pisa PSA, Weeze NRN
2010 Alghero AHO (2), London LTN (4), Malaga AGP (2), Palma de Mallorca PMI (2), Trapani TPS (2) Bari BRI
2011 Gran Canaria LPA
2015 Madrid MAD (3)
Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database, Innovata / Diio Mi, Ryanair.          WF: Weekly Frequency

Next summer Ryanair has stated that it will be operating 60 weekly departures from Bratislava spread across its 16 routes. This is an increase on the 52 operated this summer and the 56 operated in summer 2013, but still short of the 81 operated in the summer of 2010.

Ryanair dominates scheduled services at Bratislava, though Czech Airlines serves Kosice and Prague, and UTair offers flights to Moscow Vnukovo. However, from 6 December flydubai will be operating twice-weekly, low-cost flights to Dubai. A notable absentee from the airport is Wizz Air, which has only briefly served the airport in late 2009 with a service to Rome, which lasted less than four months.


  1. maf says:

    Girona is not summer seasonal route only and flydubai since january 2015 will add third route to Dubai.

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