Ryanair commences 41 new routes

Ryanair launched its first operations from Belfast International on 27 March by basing one 737-800 at the Northern Ireland facility. The aircraft will operate a four times daily service to London Gatwick, competing directly with easyJet. On hand to celebrate the inaugural flight was the crew along with: Lisa Buckley, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair; Graham Keddie, MD of Belfast International; and Uel Hoey, Business Development Director, Belfast International.

Passengers arriving on the inaugural flight from Frankfurt Hahn to Newquay on 3 April were greeted with traditional Cornish Pasties. On hand to help give out the Cornish delights were Lisa Buckley, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair, and Al Titterington, MD of Newquay Airport. Flights on the 872-kilometre sector will operate twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays.

Gran Canaria Airport celebrated the start of Ryanair’s services to Budapest on 3 April with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony

Gran Canaria Airport celebrated the start of Ryanair’s services to Budapest on 3 April with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. Taking part in the occasion was: Ambassador José Ángel López Jorrín’s wife; Gema Pérez, Station Manager, Lesma Handling; Alberto Martín Rodríguez, Airport Director; José Ángel López Jorrín, Spanish Ambassador to Hungary; and Ángel Antonio López Navarro, Tourism Advisor, Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

Vilnius Airport celebrated the start of services to Birmingham and London Luton by treating passengers on the inaugural flights to Ryanair branded cupcakes

Vilnius Airport celebrated the start of services to Birmingham and London Luton by treating passengers on the inaugural flights to Ryanair branded cupcakes. Services will operate twice-weekly to the UK’s second city while services to the capital will operate five times weekly and face direct competition from Wizz Air.

Porto Airport celebrated the start of Ryanair’s thrice-weekly services to Copenhagen with this fantastic cake which depicts the Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen. The 2,224-kilometre sector to the Danish capital will face no direct competition.

On 2 April Newcastle Airport welcomed the arrival of Ryanair’s inaugural service from Malaga

On 2 April Newcastle Airport welcomed the arrival of Ryanair’s inaugural service from Malaga. Celebrating the start of services from the UK airport are Ryanair Captain Moises Garcia and John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle Airport. Services will operate four times weekly.

Palanga Airport in Lithuania welcomed the arrival of Ryanair on 29 March when it commenced a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service from London Stansted. On hand to welcome the first flight was Arune Jaraite, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair, and Sarunas Vaitkus, Mayor of Palanga. Passengers on the first flight were greeted with cupcakes on arrival.

Ryanair celebrate with the Ryanair crew the carrier’s new routes from Berlin Schönefeld to Zadar, Malta and Pisa.

John Mohrmann, Airline Marketing, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (left) and Markus Leopold Marketing and Sales Executive, Ryanair (far right), celebrate with the Ryanair crew the carrier’s new routes from Berlin Schönefeld to Zadar, Malta and Pisa.

  • Ryanair commenced 41 new routes during the past two weeks, including its first services from Belfast International (BFS) and Newquay (NQY) in the UK, as well as Palanga (PLQ) in Lithuania. Commenting on the start of based operations from Belfast International, Graham Keddie, MD of Belfast International Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome Ryanair to our portfolio of airlines based at Belfast International Airport. Today’s (27 March) London Gatwick launch is the first of eight new services that Ryanair will start operating from Belfast International Airport. Not only will these services bring more choice than ever for local travellers but they are also creating direct access into Germany and Italy which are key markets for inbound tourism and economic development.” Of the 41 new routes launched by Ryanair, 13 will face direct competition. The average weekly frequency of the new services is 3.9. All routes will be operated by the ULCC’s fleet of 189-seat 737-800s. Vote for Belfast International, Gran Canaria, Porto and Sofia airports cakes in this week’s competition. Vote for Belfast International, Newquay and Newcastle airports FTWAs in this week’s competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
27 March Athens (ATH) Bucharest (OTP) B738 (7) Aegean Airlines (11), TAROM (6)
Belfast International (BFS) London Gatwick (LGW) B738 (28) easyJet (35)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Alicante (ALC) B738 (3) Vueling (3)
Malaga (AGP) B738 (5) Vueling (7), Alitalia (3)
Malta (MLA) B738 (7) Air Malta (7), Alitalia (7), Vueling (2)
Crotone (CRV) B738 (4)
Trapani (TPS) B738 (9)
28 March Porto (OPO) Copenhagen (CPH) B738 (3)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Chania (CHQ) B738 (3)
29 March Birmingham (BHX) Vilnius (VNO) B738 (2)
London Stansted (STN) Palanga (PLQ) B738 (3)
30 March Athens (ATH) Bologna (BLQ) B738 (4)
Corfu (CFU) B738 (3) Olympic Air (23)
Mykonos (JMK) B738 (5) Aegean Airlines (14)
31 March Malta (MLA) B738 (3) Aegean Airlines (4)
1 April Barcelona (BCN) Marrakech (RAK) B738 (4) Vueling (4)
Birmingham (BHX) Verona (VRN) B738 (2)
Bologna (BLQ) Thessaloniki (SKG) B738 (2)
Brussels (BRU) Bratislava (BTS) B738 (6)
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Verona (VRN) B738 (4)
Madrid (MAD) Birmingham (BHX) Iberia Express (4), Norwegian (3)
Manchester (MAN) Bratislava (BTS) B738 (3)
Brindisi (BDS) B738 (2)
Carcassonne (CCF) B738 (3)
Pisa (PSA) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) easyJet (3)
Catania (CTA) B738 (7)
Weeze (NRN) Comiso (CIY) B738 (2)
Bologna (BLQ) Vigo (VGO)
Valencia (VLC) Turin (TRN) B738 (3)
2 April London Luton (LTN) Vilnius (VNO) B738 (5) Wizz Air (16)
Malaga (AGP) Newcastle (NCL) B738 (4) easyJet (7), Jet2.com (4),
Thomson Airways (2)
Weeze (NRN) Malta (MLA) B738 (2)
3 April Alicante (ALC) Newquay (NQY)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Malta (MLA)
Dublin (DUB) Vigo (VGO)
Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Newquay (NQY)
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) Lamezia Terme (SUF)
Gran Canaria (LPA) Budapest (BUD) B738 (1)
Manchester (MAN) Limoges (LIG) B738 (3)
4 April Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Zadar (ZAD) B738 (2)
Pisa (PSA) Sofia (SOF)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 5 April 2016.

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