London Gatwick adds 10 new summer routes in response to travel trends

London Gatwick has recently announced the addition of ten brand new routes for this summer season, with nearly 17 million passengers expected to depart from the airport during the season.

In response to the summer travel trends from the airport, London Gatwick is introducing ten new routes this 2019 summer season, including from Rio, Brazil to Rijeka, Croatia. The new routes include three flights per week to Asturias, Spain; two flights per week to Chisinau, Moldova; seven flights per week to Cluj Napoca, Romania; seven flights per week to Gdansk, Poland; one flight per week to Lametia – Terme, Italy; seven flights per week to Miami, USA; one flight per week to Rijeka, Croatia; four flights per week to Rio, Brazil; five flights per week to San Francisco, USA; and, three flights per week to Zadar, Croatia.

In addition to new routes, airlines operating from Gatwick will also increase the number of flights they operate to a range of destinations. For summer 2019, Gatwick will see an increase in frequency of flights to Spanish destinations Almeria, Bilbao, Jerez and Alicante as well as to Antalya, Turkey, Kos, Greece and Budapest, Hungary.

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said: This summer, ten new routes will start from Gatwick which is the very latest demonstration of passenger demand for flights from Gatwick. It shows that, even though it’s one of the busiest in Europe, airlines can still acquire slots and grow at our airport.

‘Rio de Janeiro has just joined Gatwick’s roster of long-haul connections while our airlines are opening up new must-see destinations to explore, particularly in Europe.

‘Our summer seat availability is nearly double that of our winter season. With the airport set to have its biggest ever summer this year, we are delighted to treble the days our in-terminal passenger entertainment of musicians, performers and comedians is available. ‘

Ryanair launches new Manchester-Poitiers route, announces extra flights from Stansted for May

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced a new route to Poitiers from Manchester, with a twice weekly service commencing in June 2019.

With the addition, Ryanair’s Manchester Summer schedule includes 64 routes in total with nine new routes to Bordeaux, Billund, Gothenburg, Kyiv, Marrakech, Marseille, Nantes, Poitiers and Thessaloniki.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Manchester route to Poitiers, commencing in June, which will operate twice weekly, as part of our extended Manchester summer 2019 schedule.’

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘It’s great to see Ryanair continuing to add new routes from Manchester for Summer. Poitiers is another French destination for the airport opening up a fantastic region for the 22 million people in our catchment area to explore.’

Ryanair has also announced extra flights from London Stansted for May, with 20 additional return flights to Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Morocco. Ryanair is offering more than 7,500 extra seats for travel between 29 April and 7 May, to destinations including Alicante, Biarritz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Marrakesh, Seville and Tenerife. The seats are now on sale on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s summer 2019 London Stansted schedule offers 142 routes, including six new routes to Kalamata, Kiev, Lviv, Nantes, Rodez and Vigo, with over 1,200 weekly flights.

Besides budget fares, Ryanair’s latest ‘Always Getting Better’ improvements for enhancing customer experience includes the addition of more routes, flights and destinations; Ryanair rooms with 10% off travel credit, and the ‘Try Somewhere New’ travel content platform on Ryanair.com.

Ryanair announces London schedule with 23 new routes

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has launched its biggest ever London S 2019 schedule, with 23 new routes and over 180 routes in total, from Ryanair’s four London airports – Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick.

As part of the London S19 schedule, Ryanair will introduce a new three-aircraft base at Southend and two more aircraft at Luton, adding to a total of six aircraft. The airline has also announced 23 new routes including three at Stansted, viz. Kiev, Lviv and Nantes; and six at Luton, viz. Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Cork and Malaga. At Southend, Ryanair introduced 14 routes including to Alicante, Bilbao, Brest, Copenhagen, Cluj, Corfu, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan, Palma, Reus and Venice.

In total, the London S19 Schedule will operate over 180 routes, expected to carry over 26 million customers per annum, up five percent over the previous year.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to launch our biggest ever London S 2019 schedule with over 180 routes from our 4 London airports, including 1 new base at Southend and 23 new routes to exciting destinations such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Copenhagen and Kiev. Our S2019 schedule will deliver 26m customers p.a. through Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick, all at the lowest fares, as we continue to grow London traffic, tourism and jobs.

We remain concerned at the increasing risk of a hard (no-deal) Brexit in March 2019. While we hope that a 21-month transition agreement from March 2019 will be agreed, recent events in the UK have added uncertainty, and we believe that the risk of a hard Brexit (which could lead to flights being grounded for a period of days or weeks) is being underestimated.’

Separately, Ryanair also announced a new route from Cardiff to Malta, with a twice-weekly service commencing in April 2019, which will be a part of Ryanair’s summer 2019 schedule.

Commenting on the new Maltese route, Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said, ‘Our customers have been asking for the return of flights to Malta for some time, so we’re absolutely thrilled with today’s announcement that Ryanair will operate regular, low-cost services to this popular Mediterranean destination from early 2019.

‘South Wales is home to a thriving Maltese community and so this service makes it easier to travel between both destinations, whilst also serving as another access point for European visitors seeking to explore Wales.’

Ryanair launches 2017 schedule in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has launched its record Edinburgh summer schedule for 2017, with five new routes to Barcelona G, Ibiza, Milan, Porto and Vigo, as the airline expects to grow its Edinburgh traffic by eight percent in 2017 to over 2.5m p.a.

Ryanair’s Edinburgh 2017 schedule will see more frequencies to sun destinations for summer holidays, including five new routes to Barcelona Girona (twice weekly), Ibiza (twice weekly), Milan (five weekly), Porto (twice weekly) and Vigo (twice weekly); new summer routes to Warsaw (thrice weekly) and more flights to Palma (twice weekly), Rome (five weekly) and Tenerife (five weekly). The schedule will operate 38 routes in total, delivering 2.5m customers p.a.

In Edinburgh, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: ‘We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Edinburgh Summer 2017 schedule, which includes 5 new routes to Barcelona G, Ibiza, Milan, Porto and Vigo, and a new summer route to Warsaw which will deliver over 2.5m million customers p.a. and support 1,800* jobs at Edinburgh Airport.

‘Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for summer 2017. As our recent guidance confirmed, Ryanair expects average fares to fall by between 10% to 12% in the 6 months to March 2017. There’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair and we urge all customers who wish to book their summer 2017 holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from Edinburgh.

‘To celebrate the launch of our Edinburgh summer 2017 schedule we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Monday (12 Sep). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

The Irish airline has also announced its Glasgow summer schedule for 2017, with four new routes from Glasgow International to Lisbon, Palanga (Lithuania), Valencia and Zadar (Croatia), and a new route from Glasgow Prestwick to Barcelona G; six new summer routes to Alicante, Brussels, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Sofia and more frequency to Berlin.

Further, Ryanair has announced its Liverpool summer 2017 schedule, with three new routes to Bari, Barcelona Girona and Prague, two new summer services to Marrakech and Sofia, and more flights to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Palma and Warsaw. Ryanair celebrated the launch of its Liverpool summer schedule and new routes by launching a 100,000 seat sale at prices starting from £19.99, across its entire European network, for travel in October and November, which must be booked by midnight Monday, September 12.