Ryanair adds 29 services in S18 new route rush

On 25 March, Ryanair commenced a daily service between Manchester and Belfast International. Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan (left) and Chiara Ravara (right) along with Belfast International Airport’s Deborah Harris (second left) and Barry Jackson (second right) marked the first 295-kilometre sector.

Ryanair added a twice-weekly service from Budapest to Santander on 26 March, which sees the Hungarian gateway now offer 11 Spanish destinations on its network this year. The ULCC also launched the airport’s first connection to Paphos, adding to Budapest’s growing list of destinations. “It’s always a pleasure to launch a new connection from our airport, and to be able to welcome two in as many days with a valued partner is a very good reason to celebrate,” enthuses Balázs Bogáts (second right), Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport. “Ryanair now offers 36 destinations from Budapest and, having seen a fantastic 23% increase in passengers from our airport in 2017, we look forward to working closely with the airline during what is already promising to be another successful year of traffic development for Budapest,” added Bogáts.

At the other end of the new Ryanair link between Hungary and Spain were: Alejandra Ruiz, Ryanair Marketing Manager for Spain; Aurora Díaz (Miguel Revilla’s wife); Miguel Ángel Revilla, President of Cantabria Community; Enikö Györi, Ambassador of Hungary to Spain; Íñigo de la Serna, Minister of Public Works; and Gema Igual, Santander City Mayor.

Carol Benzie (right), MD of Aberdeen Airport said: ‘Ryanair’s new route to Malta, which launched this week, is a truly exciting addition to our growing network of summer leisure destinations.” The Irish carrier will operate the service twice-weekly, and it joins its existing operations to Malaga, Faro and Alicante.

Ryanair linked Latvia and Spain, with a new route from Riga to Girona beginning on 25 March. Holding the ubiquitous ULCC placard were Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department and Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager at the Baltic city airport.

The Irish ULCC started a twice-weekly service from Alicante to Pardubice in Czech Republic on 26 March. It will not face any direct competition on the 1,832-kilometre city pair.

  • Ryanair has used the last week to start 29 new routes, with many more to come, as the ULCC has a typically robust start to S18. The longest sector is the 3,658-kilometre route from Dublin (DUB) to Paphos (PFO), whereas the shortest city pair is Manchester (MAN) to Belfast International (BFS), at just 295 kilometres. The average sector length of all 29 services is 1,534 kilometres, while the average frequency is just 2.6 flights per week. Only four of the 29 airport pairs will observe any direct competition – just 14%. Vote for either Alicante, Budapest, Riga or Porto’s cake in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
25-Mar Brindisi (BDS) Verona (VRN) B738 (2)  
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Malta (MLA) B738 (7)  
Dublin (DUB) Marrakech (RAK) B738 (2)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Hamburg (HAM) B738 (4) easyJet (4)
Frankfurt (FRA) Chania (CHQ) B738 (2)  
Corfu (CFU) B738 (4)  
Murcia (NJV) B738 (2)  
Perpignan (PGF)  
Girona (GRO) Riga (RIX)  
Malta (MLA) Aberdeen (ABZ)  
Barcelona (BCN) B738 (4) Vueling (4)
Bratislava (BTS) B738 (2)  
Manchester (MAN) Belfast International (BFS) B738 (7)  
26-Mar Alicante (ALC) Pardubice (PED) B738 (2)  
Bratislava (BTS) Thessaloniki (SKG)  
Budapest (BUD) Santander (SDR)  
Dublin (DUB) Paphos (PFO)  
Frankfurt (FRA) Agadir (AGA) Condor (1), SunExpress Germany (1)
Girona (GRO)  
Mykonos (JMK)  
Pula (PUY) Lufthansa (1)
Zadar (ZAD)  
Girona (GRO) Kaunas (KUN)  
Hamburg (HAM) Oslo Torp (TRF)  
Malta (MLA) Porto (OPO)  
Pescara (PSR) Warsaw Modlin (WMI)  
Sofia (SOF) Paphos (PFO) B738 (3)  
Valencia (VLC) Bristol (BRS) B738 (2)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI) Rimini (RMI)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 27 March. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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