Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced its new routes for the summer of 2013.
The airline is offering five new routes from Manchester airport, and two new routes from each of Liverpool and East Midlands airports in the UK. The services from Manchester Airport will be for European destinations including Corfu, Krakow, Lanzarote, Paphos and Trapani (Sicily); while the new destinations from Liverpool airport are Lublin and Zadar. The airline will be adding Marseilles and Menorca to its flights from East Midlands airport.
The airline chief executive officer, Michael O’Leary, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 schedule for Manchester with 34 routes, including five new routes to/from Corfu, Krakow, Lanzarote, Paphos and Trapani, and growth on seven other routes, which will grow Ryanair’s passenger traffic at Manchester by over 360,000 to over 2.4m passengers per annum and sustain up to 2,400 on-site jobs at Manchester Airport.’
Announcing the new routes from East Midland airport, the airline spokesperson, Michael Cawley, said, ‘Ryanair is delighted to announce its summer 2013 schedule for East Midlands with 38 routes, including two new routes to/from Marseille and Menorca and growth on 17 other routes, which will grow Ryanair’s passenger traffic at East Midlands by over 460,000 to over 2.3m passengers per annum and sustain up to 2,300 on-site jobs at East Midlands Airport.
Previously, the airline had announced an extension of its reserved seat service from four to six rows on all aircraft, allowing passengers more choice when booking their preferred seats. The reserved seat service is charged at an additional £10 each way (£15 on longer routes), and offers priority boarding and a choice of seats at the front of the aircraft or near the wings, for those passengers requiring more legroom.
The airline is also running a Priority Boarding service for £5, which includes priority and reserved seating and the opportunity to board the aircraft first.