Ryanair debuts 16 new routes in seven days

Belfast International witnessed the start of four new routes from Ryanair this week, including the start of a thrice-weekly service to Berlin Schönefeld. Visit Belfast were also on hand to welcome the first inbound passengers from Germany with goodie bags.

Ryanair debuts 16 new routes in seven days-2

Ryanair clearly has plans to launch 16 new routes from Berlin Schönefeld over the next couple of months, this week it was just six – to Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Nis, Podgorica and Santander. The airport’s Senior Manager Airline Marketing and Tourism Johannes Mohrmann (third from left) helped to promote all the upcoming new services.

Ryanair’s CCO David O’Brien (right in cake picture) was on hand to open the ULCC’s Timisoara base – its 78th ‒ this week, beginning services from the Romanian airport to Berlin Schönefeld, Brussels Charleroi, Bucharest, Frankfurt Hahn London Stansted and Weeze. Later in the year services to Milan/Bergamo will also be added.

  • Ryanair has used the last seven days to commence 16 new services from three of its bases in Germany, Romania and the UK to 14 destinations in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the UK. This included the opening of base #78 for the ULCC in Timisoara. The longest sector distance of the 16 routes was the city pair from Belfast International (BFS) to Malaga (AGP), at 2,002 kilometres, while the shortest was the 398-kilometre Romanian domestic link from Timisoara (TSR) to Bucharest (OTP). The average sector length of the 16 new services is 1,317 kilometres, while the average weekly frequency is 4.13 – a figure much higher for Ryanair in its new form. Only seven of the new routes will face any incumbents, with the most competitive being the Timisoara to Bucharest link, which has 26 weekly services from TAROM. It is worth noting that on one-quarter of the new routes Ryanair will be competing directly with easyJet. See how Belfast International’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
01 Sep Belfast International (BFS) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) B738 (3)
Malaga (AGP) B738 (4) easyJet (8), Jet2.com (3),
Thomson Airways (1)
Timisoara (TSR) Brussels Charleroi (CRL) B738 (3) Wizz Air (2)
Bucharest (OTP) B738 (7) TAROM (26)
London Stansted (STN)
02 Sep Belfast International (BFS) Alicante (ALC) B738 (3) easyJet (7), Jet2.com (6)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Bucharest (OTP) B738 (14)
Budapest (BUD) B738 (7) easyJet (7)
Catania (CTA) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Timisoara (TSR) Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Wizz Air (2)
03 Sep Belfast International (BFS) Milan/Bergamo (BGY)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Santander (SDR) B738 (3)
04 Sep Nis (INI) B738 (2)
Podgorica (TGD)
Timisoara (TSR) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) B738 (3)
Weeze (NRN) B738 (2)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 6 September 2016.


  1. Tom says:

    Missing SXF-TLS started on September 2nd

    • Marc Watkins says:

      Thanks Tom, we had this in our database for W16 start, but like so many routes at the moment, they have been pulled forward by the airlines (particularly W6 and FR)…but frustratingly these changes are never communicated!!

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