Ryanair has announced plans to open its fourth French base, with two aircraft to be based at Paris Beauvais airport from December.

Paris Beauvais is located around 50 miles northwest of Paris, and Ryanair already operates around 30 routes from the airport to destinations including Alicante, Barcelona, Budapest, Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Marrakesh, Porto, Rome Ciampino, Seville, Vienna and Wrocław.

The carrier recently launched a new twice weekly service between Paris Beauvais and Manchester – a route which had been scheduled to start in March before the onset of Covid-19.

Ryanair will also commence a new route from Beauvais to Paphos on October 26.

It is the first new base to be announced by the low-cost carrier since the coronavirus pandemic, and follows the airline’s recent confirmation that it would cutting planned capacity this month, blaming “damage caused to forward bookings by continuous changes in EU Government travel restrictions and policies, many of which are introduced at short notice, which undermine consumers’ willingness to make forward bookings”.

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Commenting on the new base Ryanair’s director of commercial, Jason McGuinness said:

“We are delighted to announce a $200 million investment at Ryanair’s fourth French base in Paris Beauvais Airport. This development will create over 2,300 direct and indirect jobs at a time when other airlines, including Air France retrench and reduce capacity and investment, despite receiving €7 billion in discriminatory State Aid.

“We are also pleased to announce the launch of our Paris Beauvais winter schedule, with 32 routes in total, including two new services to Paphos and Manchester (both twice weekly) and connections to exciting business and leisure destinations such as Barcelona, Milan, Faro and Thessaloniki.

“We are delighted to conclude this long term investment with Paris Beauvais, who continue to work to deliver efficient operations and competitive airport charges, which offers the means for traffic growth and new routes at Ryanair’s fourth French base.”