Ryanair begins Israel operations

Kaunas Airport celebrated the launch of services to Eilat Ovda in Israel on 5 November, the first time the LCC has served the nation. Flights on the 2,911-kilometre link down to the Israeli airport will operate from Lithuanian facility on Thursdays and Sundays utilising the Irish carrier’s 737-800s.

ryanair verona to london stansted guardsmen

Those guys look scary!! Helping to give passengers a feel for the sights of London which awaited those boarding the first Ryanair flight from Verona to London Stansted, were these two fearsome bearskin-capped guardsmen. Rumour is that their fierce stares turned the cream sour in the cake which was baked for the event.

ryanair hamburg airport services to madrid

Hamburg Airport celebrated the launch of services to Madrid on 4 November with a very impressive culinary creation which depicts the airport’s IATA code on the Spanish flag. Flights between the German city and the Spanish capital will operate daily.

Anxious to get started on eating all those Ryanair-logoed cakes, baked to celebrate the new route from Faro to Memmingen in Germany were: Jocelyn McCall Ferreira, Marketing Aviation Faro Airport; Bárbara Casanova Marketing Executive Ryanair in Spain and Portugal; Alberto Mota Borges, Faro Airport Director; and Helder Lemos Head of Marketing Aviation Faro Airport.

Three ribbon-cuttings for three new routes – but only two cakes!! Krakow Airport welcomed three new Ryanair routes in the last seven days – to Gran Canaria, Eilat Ovda and Tenerife South. Grzegorz Michorek, Krakow Airport Commercial Director and Olga Pawlonka, Ryanair Sales and Marketing Manager Poland & CEE wielded the scissors for the Gran Canaria launch; Pawel Galiak, Krakow Airport Aviation Services Manager and Jakub Cichocki, Ryanair Krakow Airport Base Captain for the Eilat Ovda launch; and Artur Staniszewski, Krakow Airport Airlines Relation Specialist for the Tenerife South launch.

Commenting on the launch of Ryanair’s new service to Eilat Ovda, Budapest Airport’s CCO, Kam Jandu says: “There is clearly bi-directional demand for the Eilat Ovda to Budapest market, adding Ryanair to our operations to Israel strengthens our excellent service as one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. We’re highly honoured that Ryanair chose Budapest as one of its first links with Eilat Ovda, and indeed Israel.” Jandu (centre) is pictured with the inaugural flight captain and Kasia Gaborec McEvoy, Ryanair Deputy Sales and Marketing Manager for Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Ryanair used the second week of November to start 10 new routes from seven of its bases – with only Hamburg (HAM) and Krakow (KRK) seeing more than one route launch. The average sector length of these routes is 2,286 kilometres (up from 1,599 last week) – with the longest route being the 3,916-kilometre Krakow to Tenerife South (TFS) airport pair (last week it was the 3,668-kilometre Berlin Schönefeld to Tenerife South route), while the shortest was the 999-kilometre link from Edinburgh (EDI) to Copenhagen (CPH). Last week the shortest sector was the 534-kilometre rotation between Berlin Schönefeld and Bratislava. The average weekly frequency of the new routes was 3.2, down significantly from last week’s result of 6.6.
Launch date From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
4 Nov Faro (FAO) Memmingen (FMM) B738 (2)
Hamburg (HAM) Madrid (MAD) B738 (7) germanwings (6), Iberia (2)
London Stansted (STN) Verona (VRN) B738 (3)
5 Nov Kaunas (KUN) Eilat Ovda (VDA) B738 (2)
6 Nov Edinburgh (CPH) Copenhagen (CPH) B738 (3) Norwegian (3), SAS (3), easyJet (1)
Krakow (KRK) Gran Canaria (LPA) B738 (2)
7 Nov Budapest (BUD) Eilat Ovda (VDA)
Krakow (KRK)
8 Nov Tenerife South (TFS)
9 Nov Hamburg (HAM) Barcelona (BCN) B738 (7) Vueling (6), germanwings (3), Norwegian (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 10 November 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.



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