Ryanair continues summer 19 expansion with 99 new routes

Ryanair London Southend

Ryanair opened its latest base at London Southend on 2 April, basing three 737-800s at the airport, opening new routes to  Alicante, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj-Napoca, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Košice, Málaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma de Mallorca, Reus and Venice Marco Polo. Cutting the impressive cake which was made to mark the base opening are: Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation; Chiara Ravara, Head of Sales & Marketing, Ryanair; and Warwick Brady, CEO, Stobart Group. Of the four routes launched, only Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca face direct competition.

Ryanair Exeter

Ryanair introduced Exeter to its network on 2 April, launching flights to the UK airport from Malta, while flights from Malaga and Naples were initiated the following day. Pictured celebrating the new services at the inaugural flight departure back to Malta are Roseanne Regan, Communications Manager, Ryanair, and Matt Roach, MD, Exeter Airport.

Ryanair Cluj-Napoca

As a result of Ryanair opening a new base at London Southend, a number of new airports have joined the Ryanair network for S19, with one of those being Cluj-Napoca. The Romanian airport greeted Ryanair’s first flight from the UK capital airport on 2 April by hosting a route launch celebration which included cake.

Ryanair Kosice

Ryanair also introduced Košice to its network on 2 April, with it seeing direct flights from London Southend. Pictured taking part in the cake cutting ceremony are: Rastislav Trnka, Chairman of the Košice Self-Governing Region; Michael Tmej, MD and Chairman of the Košice Airport Board; and Piotr Starowicz, Representative, Ryanair.

Ryanair Budapest

Ryanair launched flights between Cork and Budapest on 4 April, with the Hungarian hub baking a very Irish-inspired cake for the launch, including a Jameson Irish Whiskey barrel and leprechauns. Pictured with the route launch cake along with the crew of the inaugural flight is Balazs Bogats, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport.

Ryanair Riga

Ryanair launched flights between Prague and Riga on 2 April, with the Latvian airport baking this impressive cake for the inaugural flight. Pictured cutting the cake are the airport’s Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department, Liene Freivalde; Airport Mascot, ERIX; and Route Development Manager, Laura Audariņa. Competition on the 990-kilometre sector comes from airBaltic which serves the airport pair 11 times weekly.

Ryanair Bournemouth

Ryanair has introduced two new routes to Bournemouth for S19, commencing flights to Dublin on 2 April, while Prague services were initiated two days later. Pictured along with some of the airline’s crew to promote the new routes from Bournemouth on the day of the Dublin inaugural are Alejandra Ruiz, Senior Communications Manager, Ryanair, and Jodie Saunders, Marketing Manager, Bournemouth Airport. Both routes will face no direct competition.

Ryanair Bordeaux

Among the routes launched by Ryanair from its new base at Bordeaux was Ouarzazate, a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains and a gateway to the Sahara desert. The airline will serve the 1,633-kilometre route twice-weekly, with it planning to offer rotations on the sector every Tuesday and Saturday this summer season.

Ryanair Berlin

Ryanair has started a number of new routes from Berlin for S19, including flights from Berlin Schönefeld to Banja Luka, Brno and Tallinn this week, while services to Lappeenranta began on 1 April. Pictured at the launch celebration for the new routes from Schönefeld along with crew was Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (second right).

Ryanair Shannon

Last week Ryanair initiated services from Shannon to East Midlands, while this week the carrier introduced a route from the Irish airport to Ibiza. Pictured with the Spanish flamenco dancer promoting the route is Andrew Murphy, MD, Shannon Airport. Flights between Shannon and Ibiza will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) in S19.

Ryanair launched two new routes to Cardiff for the start of the S19 season, connecting the capital of Wales with Barcelona and Malta, routes that were inaugurated on 2 and 3 April respectively. Both routes will operate twice-weekly.

Ryanair Edinburgh

Ryanair commenced a new service between Edinburgh and Billund on 4 April, with the Scottish airport playing homage to the new route by creating a lego sign to match its famous airport art piece. Billund Airport also swops LEGO characters with visiting influencers – reaching out to the airport at the other end of a new destination, seeking a fruitful cooperation. It provides a human LEGO character to the inauguration ceremony.

  • Ryanair, which opened over 40 routes during the first two days of the S19 season, has continued its summer growth drive by adding a further 99 routes between 2 and 7 April. All route details are broken down in the table below. Of the services launched during this period, only four will see at least one daily rotation, with three of these routes also involving the carrier’s newest bases at Bordeaux (BOD) and London Southend (SEN) which are now in operation. The routes seeing at least a daily frequency are: Bordeaux – Marseille (MRS) which is flown daily; London Southend to Dublin (DUB) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI), with Dublin seeing a twice-daily service and Palma de Mallorca daily; while London Stansted (STN) to Venice Marco Polo (VCE) will see up to 19 weekly flights this summer. Of the 99 routes launched, 26 (just over one quarter) will face direct competition. The average sector length of the routes is 1,293 kilometres and the mean weekly frequency is 2.7.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
02-Apr Athens (ATH) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (2) Ukraine International Airlines (7), Aegean Airlines (1)
Barcelona (BCN) Cardiff (CWL)  
Gothenburg (GOT) B738 (3) Norwegian (4), Vueling (3)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Brno (BRQ) B738 (2)  
Tallinn (TLL) B738 (3) easyJet (2)
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Alghero (AHO) B738 (2)  
Bologna (BLQ) Corfu (CFU)  
Marseille (MRS) B738 (3)  
Bordeaux (BOD) Copenhagen (CPH)  
Marseille (MRS) B738 (7) Air France (18), easyJet (7)
Ouarzazate (OZZ) B738 (2)  
Brussels Charleroi (CRL) Beziers (BZR) B738 (3)  
Cork (ORK) Poznan (POZ) B738 (2)  
Dublin (DUB) Bournemouth (BOH) B738 (4)  
Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) Bydgoszcz (BZG) B738 (2)  
Krakow (KRK) Bari (BRI) B738 (3)  
Hamburg (HAM)  
Rimini (RMI) B738 (2)  
Lisbon (LIS) Clermont-Ferrand (CFE)  
Tarbes Lourdes (LDE)  
London Southend (SEN) Alicante (ALC) B738 (5) easyJet (10)
Bilbao (BIO) B738 (4)  
Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) B738 (3)  
Corfu (CFU) B738 (2)  
Dublin (DUB) B738 (14)  
Košice (KSC) B738 (3)  
London Stansted (STN) Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B738 (19)  
Vigo (VGO) B738 (2)  
Malta (MLA) Amman (AMM)  
Exeter (EXT)  
Nantes (NTE) Transavia France (1)
Manchester (MAN) Marseille (MRS) easyJet (2)
Marseille (MRS) Alicante (ALC)  
Milan Malpensa (MXP) Almeria (LEI)  
Naples (NAP) Nantes (NTE) Volotea (2)
Nuremberg (NUE) Crotone (CRV)  
Porto (OPO) Brest (BES)  
Venice Treviso (TSF)  
Poznan (POZ) Stockholm Skavsta (NYO)  
Prague (PRG) Billund (BLL) B738 (3)  
Riga (RIX) airBaltic (11)
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Rhodes (RHO) B738 (2)  
Santander (SDR) Gran Canaria (LPA)  
03-Apr Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) Banja Luka (BNX)  
Berlin Tegel (TXL) Heraklion (HER) B738 (3)  
Kefalonia (EFL) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Bordeaux (BOD) Cologne Bonn (CGN) B738 (3)  
Nantes (NTE) B738 (4) Chalair (11)
Tangier (TNG) B738 (2)  
Chania (CHQ) Bucharest (OTP)  
Memmingen (FMM)  
Ibiza (IBZ) Shannon (SNN)  
London Southend (SEN) Faro (FAO) B738 (5) easyJet (10)
Malaga (AGP) easyJet (7)
Milan Bergamo (BGY) B738 (4)  
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) B738 (7) easyJet (7)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B738 (4)  
Malaga (AGP) Exeter (EXT) B738 (2) Flybe (4)
Malta (MLA) Cardiff (CWL)  
Lamezia Terme (SUF)  
Oslo Torp (TSF) B738 (1)  
Manchester (MAN) Bordeaux (BOD) B738 (2) easyJet (2)
Gothenburg (GOT)  
Nantes (NTE)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) easyJet (3)
Marseille (MRS) Ouarzazate (OZZ)  
Warsaw Modlin (WMI)  
Milan Bergamo (BGY) Katowice (KTW) Wizz Air (3)
Naples (NAP) Exeter (EXT)  
Paphos (PFO) Kiev Boryspil (KBP)  
Porto (OPO) Alicante (ALC)  
Poznan (POZ) Rome Ciampino (CIA)  
Gothenburg (GOT) Czech Airlines (5)
Zadar (ZAD)  
Sofia (SOF) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) Wind Rose (2)
Zadar (ZAD) Cologne Bonn (CGN)  
04-Apr Berlin Tegel (TXL) Pula (PUY) easyJet (2)
Bordeaux (BOD) Dublin (DUB) Aer Lingus (7)
Cork (ORK) Budapest (BUD)  
Malta (MLA)  
Edinburgh (EDI) Billund (BLL)  
Krakow (KRK) Szczecin (SZZ) B738 (3)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) B738 (2)  
Manchester (MAN) Marrakech (RAK) easyJet (2), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), TUI Airways (2)
Prague (PRG) Bournemouth (BOH)  
Thessaloniki (SKG) Lappeenranta (LPP) B738 (1)  
Valencia (VLC) Nantes (NTE) B738 (2) Volotea (2)
Zadar (ZAD) Nuremberg (NUE)  
05-Apr Bordeaux (BOD) Bari (BRI)  
Naples (NAP) Volotea (2)
Venice Treviso (TSF) B738 (3)  
London Southend (SEN) Brest (BES) B738 (2)  
Reus (REU)  
Marseille (MRS) Agadir (AGA)  
Naples (NAP) Volotea (2)
07-Apr Bordeaux (BOD) Mykonos (JMK) B738 (1)  
Naples (NAP) Malaga (AGP) B738 (2)  
Pisa (PSA) Nuremberg (NUE)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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