Ryanair announced on 28 February that it will add 20 new routes and a further five aircraft to its Frankfurt base which opens at the end of this month, adding to the already guaranteed two aircraft and four routes. The result of the expansion means that for the W17/18 season Ryanair will have seven aircraft in Frankfurt and will be operating to 24 destinations. On top of the routes that will be launching 29 March – Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma de Mallorica – the ULCC will open the following sectors from October: Athens (daily); Barcelona (daily); Brindisi (three times weekly); Catania (four times weekly); Glasgow (daily); Gran Canaria (two times weekly); Krakow (daily); Lanzarote (two times weekly); Lisbon (daily); London Stansted (twice-daily); Madrid (daily); Milan Bergamo (daily); Manchester (six times weekly); Pisa (three times weekly); Porto (daily); Seville (three times weekly); Tenerife South (three times weekly); Toulouse (four times weekly); Valencia (daily); and Venice Treviso (daily). Seen announcing the new services in Frankfurt is Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary.
This week Wizz Air celebrated carrying 100,000 passengers between Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, a route that it opened only six months previous. The ULCC currently operates 10 weekly flights between the two airports. Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said of the news: “Wizz Air started a new era in domestic Romanian air travel only six months ago by launching the Bucharest – Cluj-Napoca service, and today we are thrilled to celebrate a significant milestone in 100,000 passengers.”