Ryanair launches new Manchester route to Prague for winter 2019

Ryanair, the Ireland-based budget airline, has announced a new Manchester route to Prague, commencing in October, as part of Ryanair’s Manchester Winter 2019 schedule.

Ryanair’s full Manchester Winter 2019 schedule will be unveiled soon. As part of the Prague route announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from £14.99, for travel in May, which must be booked by midnight Friday (15 Mar) on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Manchester route to Prague, commencing in October 2019 with nine weekly services, as part of our winter 2019 schedule. Customers in Manchester can now book flights to Prague as far out as March 2020, with our full schedule launching soon.

To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £14.99, for travel in May, which are available for booking until midnight Friday (15 Mar). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to see Ryanair offering our passengers even more routes to choose from for Winter 2019. Prague is a fantastic city to explore and hugely popular with the 22 million people in our catchment area.’

Manchester travellers and visitors can now book their holidays until March 2020. Ryanair’s new customer care improvements include a guarantee as the airline pays back the difference plus EUR5.00 through MyRyanair credit if the customers find cheaper fare within three hours of booking. Further, customers are offered 48-hour free of charge grace period for changes to bookings.

The New Ryanair Choice is available for a EUR199 annual fee for free seats, fast-track and priority boarding for frequent guests. Digital improvements include new fare finder, sports tickets, bespoke travel guides and faster mobile.

British Airways announces launch of Munich flights from London City

British Airways has announced the launch of a year-round service from London City Airport to Munich starting February next year.

The new thrice-a-day service will start on February 16, 2018. With the new service, British Airways will offer four German routes from London City, with each-way hand baggage only fares to Munich from £59.

In addition, British Airways will also add extra winter frequency on Berlin, Dublin and Prague routes from November 10 this year and to Geneva from December. Return flights to Berlin will go up to 18 a week, Dublin to 38 a week, Prague to seven a week and Geneva to 16 a week from December.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: ‘As promised we are adding more choice for our customers at London City Airport with a new route and extra frequency to four of our most popular destinations.

‘The addition of Munich to our schedule complements our existing flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt and means that we will be flying 82 return flights a week to Germany direct from the Docklands this winter. The new route will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 34.’

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: ‘A three-times-a-day Munich service is a further commitment to London City Airport operations by our home carrier, hot on the heels of the recent Rome announcement and BA CityFlyer’s fleet investment.

‘Munich is a German powerhouse for business, with Siemens a case in point for how this new route will expedite trade and investment between the cities. It is also an attractive leisure destination, evidenced right now as Bavarians and tourists celebrate the height of Oktoberfest. With the introduction of Munich to LCY’s route map, we are continuing to keep London connected to major European cities that we know passengers will love.’

British Airways announced in August that it will be adding four new aircraft to its fleet based at London City, as well as starting a new daily service to Rome and adding a fifth daily year-round service to Zurich in October. The year-round Rome route will commence on November 11, with one-way hand baggage only fares from £55.

easyJet to operate three new routes from Belfast in winter

easyJet is planning to commence flight services on three new routes – Fuerteventura, Prague and Salzburg – from Belfast for this winter, according to a report by Irish News.

easyJet’s new service to Fuerteventura will commence on October 31, 2018. Flights will operate on an A320 aircraft twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fares starting from £26.70 one way per person. The new flights to Prague will commence on October 29, 2018, and will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays on an A319 aircraft, with fares starting from £24.68 one way per person. The new flights to Salzburg start on December 13, 2018. They will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on an A320 aircraft with fares starting from £24.68 one way per person. The new services will go on sale from July 12, 2018.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘As Northern Ireland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network at Belfast with these three new routes which we believe will prove popular additions to our existing network.

‘We have operated flights to and from Belfast International Airport for over eighteen years and remain committed to expansion at the Airport. In support of this, last month we based an additional aircraft at the airport enabling us to deliver long term, sustainable growth and provide passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

In June, easyJet has announced the expansion of its Belfast base with the addition of a third A320 aircraft – its sixth aircraft – to be positioned at the airline’s Northern Ireland base. Alongside the expansion, easyJet had also announced the launch of new routes to join easyJet’s Belfast network with first flights to the Isle of Man, Venice Naples and Valencia.

The airline currently operates up to 624 flights a week across 32 routes and eight percent more flights compared to summer 2017.

British Airways announces new routes to three European capitals from London City

British Airways has said that it is planning to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals: Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

With the new services to the three popular European cities, British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter. The airline will operate three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague, and two a week to Reykjavik. Flights are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity, with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow, the airline said.

With the launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes, British Airways will be flying to Czech Republic or Iceland from London City for the first time. Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, and will replace flights to Granada, Spain, which will continue to operate as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: ‘Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.’

The new services will be operated using modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-wide seating. Customers flying in Euro Traveller can obtain allocated seats and loyalty points that can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips. Club Europe customers will also receive complimentary food and drinks on board, free seat selection and on-line check-in, the airline noted.

Ryanair launches winter 2017 schedule at Liverpool

Irish low fares airline Ryanair has launched its 2017 winter schedule at Liverpool, with two new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, and a new winter service to Prague.

Ryanair’s winter 2017 schedule from Liverpool will deliver a total of 24 routes, including the four-times weekly route to Copenhagen, thrice-weekly flights to Milan Malpensa, and a four-times weekly new winter service to Prague. The schedule will see Ryanair operating 90 weekly flights from the airport, which will help deliver two million customers per annum and support 1,500 jobs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Ryanair said that it will continue to connect Liverpool with major European cities on increased frequency, low fare services including Barcelona (four weekly), Milan (three weekly) and Dublin (four daily), and also offer a wide range of winter sun routes, making it more suited for business and leisure customers.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our Liverpool winter 2017 schedule, which includes 2 brand new routes to Copenhagen and Milan, the continuation of our new Prague route into winter, and 24 routes in total, which will deliver 2m annual customers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. These new routes will go on sale on the Ryanair.com website later this week as we continue to grow our Liverpool traffic, tourism and jobs, underlining our commitment to LJLA and the Liverpool region.

‘We are also pleased to report record bookings on our Liverpool summer 2017 schedule and customers can look forward to even lower fares so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Liverpool.’

LJLA’s Director of Air Service Development, Paul Winfield, said: ‘Today’s news means that since September last year, Ryanair have now announced seven new destinations from Liverpool including three capital cities. Further growth next winter and the current success of their forthcoming summer programme, should make 2017 one of Ryanair’s busiest from Liverpool in recent years.’

Ryanair added that its Liverpool summer 2017 schedule is attracting record bookings, with increased frequencies on lower fares to sun destinations, including three new routes to Bari (twice weekly), Girona (twice weekly) and Prague (four time weekly), which will commence in March.