Ryanair debuts at Norwich Airport with three new summer routes

Ryanair has revealed plans to commence operations at Norwich Airport during the upcoming summer season.

The airline will introduce three new routes to popular summer destinations – Alicante, Faro, and Malta – starting from April 1, 2024. This marks a significant milestone as Norwich becomes the 22nd UK airport served by Ryanair, providing enhanced travel options, competitive fares, and improved connectivity for customers in Norwich and the broader Norfolk region.

Ryanair’s Head of Communication, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘As the UK’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce that Ryanair’s low fares have finally arrived in Norwich. From 1st April 2024, we will operate 3 exciting new Summer sunshine routes to/from Norwich – Alicante, Faro, and Malta. Our new Norwich operation will not only bring competitive fares and a wider selection of Summer routes to our customers in Norwich and the wider Norfolk region, but will support important regional development through increased connectivity, inbound tourism, and local job creation.

We have worked productively with our new partners at Norwich Airport to agree terms which enable Ryanair to deliver this growth and investment for the region, and we look forward to further developing our partnership with Norwich Airport and welcoming Norfolk customers/visitors onboard our Ryanair flights to/from Norwich as we continue to grow to 300 million p.a. by 2034.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for passengers and the first time that Ryanair has flown from Norwich Airport. Alicante, Faro and Malta are hugely popular destinations and with twice-weekly flights it means we can offer passengers even more great choice from their local airport. We’re delighted to be increasing connectivity for local communities and look forward to growing our partnership with Ryanair.’

Ryanair launches new Newcastle – Paphos route for Winter 23/24

Ryanair, the European budget airline, has launched its Winter 23/24 schedule for Newcastle with 12 routes, including a new Winter sun route to Paphos, and extra flights to Alicante and Tenerife, offering customers more route choice when booking their Winter breaks.

Ryanair’s Winter 23/24 Newcastle schedule delivers:

* New Paphos route

* 12 routes – including Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Krakow, Malaga and Tenerife.

* Extra flights on 2 routes – Alicante (4x per week) & Tenerife (3x per week).

To support this growth, Ryanair will base two aircraft at Newcastle Airport during the Winter 23/24 season. To celebrate Ryanair’s new Newcastle – Paphos route this Winter, Ryanair has launched a 2-day seat sale with fares from GBP29.99 available only at Ryanair.com.

Ryanair is one of UK’s leading airlines operating over 440 routes and carrying over 52m passengers per annum to and from the UK on its fleet of 107 UK-based aircraft.

Ryanair’s Dara Brady said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to provide even more choice and lower fares to our Newcastle customers for Winter 23/24 with 12 routes, including a new route to Paphos, and even more flights on 2 very popular Winter sun routes – Alicante and Tenerife. To support this growth, we will base 2 based aircraft at Newcastle Airport during Winter 23/24.’

He added, commenting on NATS, ‘Ryanair is the UK’s No.1 airline, and while we continue to grow and provide unbeatable route choice and low fares to our 52m p.a. UK customers, NATS are busy writing ‘whitewash’ reports to cover up their inexplicable incompetence which led to the cancellation of over 2,000 flights (over 360,000 passengers) and long delays to more than 5,000 flights (900,000 passengers) on Mon 28/Tues 29 Aug last.’

‘Ryanair calls on Transport Minister, Mark Harper, and the UK Govt to urgently reform ATC and guarantee UK passengers that they will not suffer any more disruptions as a result of repeated NATS failures, mismanagement & incompetence.’

Ryanair and Wizz Air retain flight schedules amid easyJet cancellations

Ryanair and Wizz Air have said that they will not be altering their summer flight schedules like easyJet, and have taken measures to mitigate the potential chaos caused by air traffic control delays, The Telegraph has reported.

The statement comes after easyJet revealed it would cancel 1,700 flights across the summer due to air traffic control delays. It said that 95 per cent of the 180,000 passengers affected had been booked onto other flights.

Ryanair stated that it will maintain its full schedule of 3,200 daily flights throughout the summer and noted that it is fully staffed for the season. Wizz Air, on the other hand, has doubled its operations team and increased its plane crew by 10 percent. It has also added 11 percent extra aircraft capacity and implemented an AI tool to better forecast and mitigate disruptions.

Citing easyJet’s flight cancellations, Ryanair said that there was a need for urgent air traffic control reform in Europe. Ryanair had previously submitted a petition to the European Commission, signed by over 1.2 million passengers, highlighting the impact of French ATC strikes.

‘These easyJet cancellations again highlight the urgent need for ATC reform in Europe to protect overflights, Ryanair said. ‘We call again on Ursula von der Leyen to take action to protect overflights in response to Ryanair’s petition which was signed by over 1.2 million fed up passengers and was submitted to her office on May 31, over six weeks ago.’

Ryanair and Wizz Air have strengthened their staff numbers to mitigate potential issues caused by air traffic control delays and strikes. British Airways had previously recruited 3,000 additional staff members in preparation for the summer season.

Airlines have a number of challenges this summer, including airspace reduction due to the Russia-Ukraine war and strikes by air traffic control staff. French Air Traffic Control strikes, in particular, have caused significant disruptions, as planes are unable to fly over French airspace during the strikes, the report noted.

Ryanair to commence new routes to Seville & La Rochelle from Cork Airport

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low fares airline, has said that it will launch its new routes from Cork Airport to Seville and La Rochelle for the first time this June bank holiday weekend (June 1 & 4 respectively) as part of the airline’s biggest ever Summer ’23 schedule.

This Summer, Ryanair will operate over 270 weekly flights across 29 routes to/from Cork Airport, including the new sunshine destinations – Seville and La Rochelle – offering southern customers/visitors more choice at budget fares when booking their summer holidays.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘As Cork’s No. 1 airline, Ryanair is delighted to operate our first flights from Cork Airport to Seville in Spain and La Rochelle in France this June bank holiday weekend as part of our biggest ever Summer ’23 schedule.

‘These two exciting new routes to Seville and La Rochelle add to our 27 routes currently operating to/from Cork Airport this Summer, including our new Venice and Rome routes, offering our customers in the south of Ireland even more choice and at the lowest fares when booking their Summer ’23 getaways.’

‘This record schedule is underpinned by Ryanair’s 3 based aircraft at Cork Airport, which represent a $300m investment and support over 1,300 local jobs while driving invaluable inbound tourism for the region too. We look forward to welcoming even more customers onboard our flights to/from Cork this Summer as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for Ireland.’

Barry Holland, Communications Manager at Cork Airport added: ‘This June Bank Holiday weekend will see the addition of two new summer routes to Seville, Spain and La Rochelle, France from Cork Airport. These two new Ryanair destinations will offer even more choice for passengers from across the South of Ireland when booking a summer getaway.’

Seville, the capital city of the Andalucia region in southern Spain, is known for its stunning architecture, authentic Spanish cuisine, and rich history. La Rochelle, on the France’s idyllic western coastline, is a thriving maritime city, located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with a picturesque harbour, charming old town and lively street cafes.

Southern customers/visitors can book the new Ryanair routes – Seville and La Rochelle – for fares from EUR29.99 one-way for travel until October 2023.

Ryanair announces Summer 2023 schedule for Liverpool

Ryanair, the UK regional airline, has announced its new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 31 routes including four new sunshine destinations like Ibiza, Madrid, and Rome.

In addition, the Ireland-based airline has increased frequencies on seven of Ryanair’s most popular Liverpool routes, viz. Alicante, Cork, Dublin, Knock, Paris, Reus and Tenerife. The Summer ’23 schedule will see Ryanair base one new aircraft in Liverpool for Summer 2023.

With this, Ryanair will operate over 255 weekly flights to/from Liverpool this summer, offering its Liverpool customers low fares and increased choice when booking their Summer 2023 getaways.

Ryanair’s Dara Brady said: ‘As the UK’s no.1 airline for low fares and reliability, Ryanair is pleased to announce our new Liverpool schedule for Summer 2023, with 4 exciting new routes to Ibiza, Madrid, Rome Ciampino & Shannon, offering Liverpool customers/visitors even more choice for their summer holidays at the lowest fares in Europe.

This new 2023 schedule will see the addition of one new based aircraft (4 total), representing another $100m investment in Liverpool Airport ($400m total) and supporting over 120 highly paid pilot and crew jobs, as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for the UK.

However, if we are to continue to grow and to drive recovery and connectivity to the UK, Prime Minister Sunak must immediately scrap APD in full for all travel (not just domestic travel) and provide incentives for airlines like Ryanair to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK and its regions, such as Liverpool.’

Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome these new services from Ryanair for summer 2023, giving passengers from across the North West and North Wales a wider range of destinations to reach from the region’s Faster, Easier, Friendlier Airport. The addition of a fourth based aircraft in Liverpool for summer 2023 is a sign of Ryanair’s confidence in the market from Liverpool and we look forward to expanding our range of destinations with the carrier in the future.’

Ryanair to launch four new Belfast routes for Summer 2023

Following its return to Belfast with the introduction of 12 new routes back in July, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is now launching four additional routes from the Northern Ireland capital for the spring and summer seasons.

The new flights will operate to Hungary, Wales, and Spain next year. Belfast International Airport was planned to be home to two Ryanair aircraft, but two more will soon join to cater to the growing route network.

Commenting on the Belfast expansion’s impact on further job creation of approximately 800 direct and indirect open vacancies in Belfast, Ryanair’s director of Digital & Marketing, Dara Brady, said ‘Every time we base an aircraft in an airport, it means it starts and finishes its stay there. That creates direct employment in terms of cabin crew and pilots, that’s over 60 direct jobs for those roles. We then have supporting staff and ground handling, airport staff, and then there’s the transfers and taxis to shops and hotels, a trickle-down effect of creating local jobs.’

A direct Ryanair flight, FR9597, will connect Northern Ireland and Hungary, currently scheduled to be twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Flights will commence on March 27, with airfare prices starting from £36.99 ($44.58).

The new route from Belfast to Cardiff will also operate on a twice-weekly schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29, from £29.99 ($36.15).

Ryanair’s new Spanish connection from Belfast will operate direct flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, commencing on March 29. Airfare prices will start from £31.99 ($38.56).

The fourth new route addition from Belfast International Airport will be another Spanish connection to Valencia, but it will only commence on May 4, operating once a week every Thursday. So far, the lowest airfare price for this route is £31.99 ($38.56).

Ryanair announces new summer routes from Dublin to Kos and Brindisi

Ryanair, the Ireland based European regional airline, has announced two new summer destinations to Kos and Brindisi as part of its Dublin Summer ’23 schedule.

The airline said that it would fly to the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean and Brindisi on Italy’s Adriatic coast from Dublin over the summer.

Ryanair will fly twice weekly to both destinations, with Kos taking off in May and Brindisi in June, until September. To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a limited-time seat sale for early customers on their Summer’23 holiday with fares from EUR39.99 available now.

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: ‘With Summer’23 fast approaching, we are delighted to be bringing even more choice and value to our Irish customers with the addition of these new routes to Kos and Brindisi as part of our Summer’23 schedule. Ryanair is offering Dublin customers the lowest priced fares and even more choice when planning their long-awaited summer holidays.

‘To mark this announcement, we’ve launched a limited-time seat sale for early bird customers looking to bag themselves a bargain on their Summer ’23 holiday. In contrast to other airlines offering one-way fares starting at over EUR100 to Brindisi and Kos, Ryanair’s low cost fares start from just EUR39.99 and are available now, only on Ryanair.com.’

Ryanair announces biggest ever Bristol Airport schedule for Summer ’23

Budget airline Ryanair has announced its biggest ever schedule at Bristol Airport for 2023, with flights to 33 international destinations.

New routes for next year include Bydgoszcz, Porto, Marseille and Venice, which will see the company achieve a 10 percent a growth on its 2022 operation.

The number of flights to existing destinations, including Dublin, Limoges, Milan and Palma will also be increased, taking the total number of flights out of Bristol to more than 290 a week. To assist the expansion, Ryanair has added a fifth aircraft to its fleet, which now includes two environmentally efficient Boeing 737 8-200 Gamechanger aircraft that offer 16 percent less fuel consumption and a reduction on noise pollution of 40 percent.

The additional routes and planes are part of a USD500 million investment in Bristol, which will support 150 aviation jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs at the airport.

Ryanair DAC CEO, Eddie Wilson, said, ‘As the UK’s most reliable airline, Ryanair is delighted to announce even more growth at Bristol with the addition of a fifth based aircraft and our biggest ever schedule for Bristol- offering over 290 weekly flights on 33 routes, including four new routes to Bydgoszcz, Porto, Marseille and Venice for summer 23. With such a vast selection of sunny hotspots and city break destinations to choose from, UK holidaymakers can start booking their low fare summer holidays now on Ryanair.com. Ryanair is driving the UK’s economic recovery through our delivery of year-round tourism, regional investment and job creation.

‘However, if UK tourism is to continue to grow, especially in regional UK locations like Bristol, the government should immediately scrap APD in full for all travel and provide incentives for airlines, like Ryanair, to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK (an island-based economy) and its regions.’

Dave Lees, Bristol Airport CEO, said, ‘We are delighted with Ryanair’s announcement increasing the 2023 flight programme to its largest ever schedule from Bristol Airport. This is a clear demonstration of confidence returning in the region for air travel. Expanding Ryanair’s route network and adding extra capacity to existing routes, gives customers in the South West easy and affordable access to air travel on an increasing number of destinations and flexibility of stay lengths, without the need to travel to other airports for their flights.

‘Bristol Airport looks forward to working with Ryanair on developing their route network and also ensuring the increased use of quieter aircraft and more environmentally efficient operations in the future.’

Ryanair expands services to Ireland and Spain from Cardiff Airport for summer 2023

Ryanair has announced that it will be offering more flights to Ireland and Spain from Cardiff Airport next summer.

The Irish low-fares airline will offer daily flights to Dublin, as well as extend the service between Cardiff and Malaga to operate all summer from April until October. This expansion is in addition to Ryanair’s year-round flights to Faro from Cardiff.

While Dublin offers various popular tourist attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, Malahide Castle and Gardens or the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Alternative Dublin City team take travellers on events, walking tours, art classes, photo walks and local parties. Further attractions include Ticknock Fairy Castle Loop, the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History or the National Botanical Gardens.

Malaga has a rich cultural heritage for tourists with around 30 museums, besides beautiful beaches, trendy hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile, Faro is popular with travellers seeking sun, sea and surf, as well as those looking for activities, with championship golf courses, coastal walks, diving opportunities and nightlife.

‘Ryanair offered extra Dublin frequencies over this last summer which sold well, giving the airline the confidence to commit to a daily flight for next summer,’ said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager, Cardiff Airport. ‘Responding to strong passenger demand from Cardiff with the extra Malaga flights being added during September and October next year, thousands more travellers will be able to fly to Spain’s Costa del Sol in 2023. After launching winter flights to Faro last month, we are really happy that Ryanair is continuing its commitment to this Portuguese hot-spot again next summer.’

Under the Summer 23 schedule, Ryanair will operate daily services to Dublin, on Tuesday and Saturday to Malaga, and on Friday and Sunday to Faro.

Ryanair commences new service to Cork from Newcastle

Irish low fares airline, Ryanair has commenced services from Newcastle International to Cork, marking the beginning of the service between the two cities.

The twice weekly service, which operates Fridays and Sundays throughout winter, is well scheduled for a weekend city break or a long holiday retreat. Ireland’s 2nd largest city, Cork is located near the southern coast of Ireland and is surrounded by colourful towns with rugged views. Cork is popular for its idyllic riverside walks and is considered the foodie capital of Ireland.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International said: ‘Ryanair have made significant investments at Newcastle International Airport providing a great choice of destinations to the North East public including Milan, Riga, Barcelona and now Cork for the winter season. Cork’s bustling centre is a fantastic destination for city breaks and as well as a perfect starting point for Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastal driving route. We are excited for the opportunities that this route opens up, not only for North East passengers exploring Ireland, but also for passengers arriving into Newcastle to visit the beautiful North East of England.’

Acting Managing Director at Cork Airport, Roy O’Driscoll, said: Over the course of the winter season, we look forward to welcoming passengers from the north-east of England – from places like Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham and the surrounding areas, travelling to Cork on the new Ryanair service linking our two regions. Cork offers the quintessential Irish city break experience, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, a thriving food scene and hotels, restaurants and pubs that are renowned for their world-class hospitality. In return, we hope that passengers from the wider Cork region will take the opportunity to visit Newcastle and north-east England to immerse themselves amongst the regions famed history, cultural attractions, sporting venues and vibrant nightlife.’

Tickets for fights to Cork, Ireland from Newcastle International Airport are now on sale at www.ryanair.com.

The Newcastle to Cork service comes as Ryanair launches its winter programme, which includes popular European cities such as Barcelona, Riga and Milan, alongside winter hot-spots including the Canary Islands.