June 17, 2008

Ryanair’s 9 New Routes From Brum

By Edward Stephens TRAVEL EDITOR

IRISH airline Ryanair today announced nine new routes from Birmingham - firing a broadside at other low-cost carriers operating from the airport.

Many of the routes - including Palma, Malaga, Murcia and Alicante - are among the bread and butter routes of air-lines such as bmibaby and Monarch, which have expanded rapidly at Birmingham.

The other routes announced today are Fuerteventura, Krakow, Katowice, Kaunas and Derry.

Flights to all nine destinations will operate from October to March but the sunshine destinations' could be carried on for summer 2009.

Peter Vella, Birmingham International Airport's business development director, said the new routes were excellent news for Birmingham and particularly good for leisure travellers.

"We still have less than 50 per cent of people within one hour's drive of the airport travelling from here so there is definitely room for an expansion of routes like those announced today," he said.

Bridget Dowling, Ryanair's Southern European sales and marketing manager, said the airline was constantly monitoring the success of its routes from Birmingham and planned even more new destinations in the near future.

To celebrate its latest route announcement Ryanair is offering 35,000 one-way seats from pounds 5 from Birmingham, including taxes and charges, for flights booked by midnight on Thursday.

Just a year ago the airline operated to only one destination from Birmingham. From today it offers 32.

Ryanair plans to carry a total of five million passengers to and from Birmingham by 2012.

It has invested EUR700 million in its plans which will see 10 aircraft based at Birmingham International Airport within the next five years the first of which arrived today.

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