Ryanair launches 25 routes in one week

Ryanair’s London Stansted to Pardubice

The first ever regular flight from Pardubice to Western Europe started on 5 September as Ryanair commenced flights from London Stansted. The first flight from the UK landed at the Czech Republic airport (100km east of Prague) at 18:35 and departed at 19:00. Welcoming this landmark event along with the airline crew were: Eva Kadlecová, Commercial Manager, Pardubice Airport; Hana Šmejkalová CEO Pardubice Airport; Denis Barabas, Ryanair Sales and Marketing Executive CEE; and Libor Kříž, Sales Executive Pardubice Airport.

Ryanair celebrated the first flight on its new daily Glasgow service to Frankfurt on 5 September, the first of its W17/18 routes from its Scottish base. The Irish ULCC’s winter schedule includes 18 routes in total, with three new city pairs to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid. More than capable of handling this German sausage-inspired cake were: Ryanair crew members Melina Mouselimi and Anastasia Suhtina; Paul White, Business Development Manager, Glasgow Airport; and Laura Downie Ryanair crew.

One of six new routes launched by Ryanair from its recently announced 85th base at Memmingen was a twice-weekly service to Stockholm Skavsta. The new airport pair, which commenced on 5 September, was heralded with this route launch cake in Sweden.

  • Ryanair had another typically quiet week at the office, launching 25 routes from three bases – 17 routes from Frankfurt (FRA), six from Memmingen (FMM) and two from London Stansted (STN). The average sector length of these new routes is 1,400 kilometres, with the longest being the 3,236-kilometre flight between Frankfurt and Tenerife South (TFS), whereas the shortest was the 489-kilometre hop from the German hub to Milan Bergamo (BGY). Again proving that there is a new Ryanair in town these days, the average frequency of the 25 routes is a lofty 4.32, a far cry from the twice-weekly start-up frequency that used to proliferate the ULCC’s launches historically. Just under half (12) of the airport pairs will face direct competition from incumbent airlines. See how this route’s Fire Truck Water Arch did versus the three other competing airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
05-Sep Frankfurt (FRA) Athens (ATH) B738 (7) Lufthansa (21), Aegean Airlines (7)
Glasgow (GLA)  
Krakow (KRK) Lufthansa (28)
London Stansted (STN)  
Madrid (MAD) Lufthansa (28), Iberia (21), Air Europa (14), LATAM Airlines (7)
Manchester (MAN) B738 (6) Lufthansa (28)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) B738 (7)  
Pisa (PSA) B738 (3)  
Porto (OPO) B738 (6) Lufthansa (21)
Seville (SVQ) B738 (3) Lufthansa (4)
Tenerife South (TFS) Condor (4), TUIfly (3)
Valencia (VLC) B738 (7) Lufthansa (14)
Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (7)  
London Stansted (STN) Aalborg (AAL) B738 (3)  
Pardubice (PED)  
Memmingen (FMM) Oradea (OMR) B738 (2)  
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)  
06-Sep Frankfurt (FRA) Catania (CTA) B738 (4) Condor (3)
Lanzarote (ACE) B738 (2) Condor (3), SunExpress Germany (2), TUIfly (1)
Toulouse (TLS) B738 (4) Lufthansa (21)
Memmingen (FMM) Fez (FEZ) B738 (2)  
08-Sep Frankfurt (FRA) Gran Canaria (LPA) TUIfly (6), Condor (5)
Memmingen (FMM) Seville (SVQ)  
Thessaloniki (SKG)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) B738 (3)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 11 September. WF = Weekly frequencies.


  1. Rafa says:

    You forgot new routes from Eindhoven

    • Marc Watkins says:

      Hi Rafa, our friends at FR pulled lots of routes forward from what were originally planned as W17/18 launches. Unfortunately we do not have the time to check each planned route’s start date after it has been originally announced. We picked up on the FRA ones…but obviously not from EIN. Cheers Marc

  2. Chris says:

    And in the very same week, Ryanair is cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks due to a shortage of pilots, leaving thousands of passengers stranded all over Europe… FR has blamed the grounding on a “backlog of crew leave”. What is happening now rather reflects at least a massive failure in forward planning or a serious staffing problem. In fact, according to Norway Today, 140 Ryanair pilots have changed employer from Ryanair to Norwegian in the last months. And to make matter worse, Ryan has to deal with a plenty of dissatisfied customers now, getting bashed from all sides in social media, the company’s Facebook page was flooded with angry feedback within a couple of hours.

  3. PJF says:

    The Irish need to be 100% loyal to Ryanair. — Aer Lingus gouged Irish travelers for virtually five decades, prior to the arrival of Ryanair. — Ryanair has demonstrated for the first time in history that the Irish can compete with the best of them…! — No doubt, some of the pilots who have upped and left Ryanair will want to come back…! — Ryanaiir is a culture, it’s a close-knit family…!

    Ryanair has numerous options out of the current crisis from partnering with other airlines. Employing part time pilots from the southern hemisphere whose summer has yet to get under way. Boeing ought to be asked to recruit pilots from within the United States and Canada.

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