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Ryanair challenges Lumo and Easyjet with Stansted-Edinburgh route

30 Sep 2022 by Alex McWhirter
Edinburgh airport

Readers will remember that when I reported on Lumo the aim was to offer a budget airline alternative and hopefully deter low-cost aviation.

Lumo is the nearest equivalent UK rail has to France’s SNCF with Ouigo.

Our East Coast Mainline (ECML) is a prestigious mainline. The government allowed Lumo to compete with incumbent LNER because the former offered something different.

And so it has turned out. Since its launch one year ago Lumo has found favour with the travelling public with its services heavily booked (Lumo is reservations-only).

Lumo Hitachi AT 300 Class 308 (istock.com/Teamjackson)

However today (Friday) news has emerged that Ryanair will be competing against Lumo between London Stansted and Edinburgh.

This a relaunch by Ryanair, which last operated the route in 2019.

Services start on October 30 and there will be 14 flights week effective December 1.

Aviation analyst @SeanM1997 has listed the Ryanair schedules and as you can see they vary from day to day presumably because of airport slot issues.

What I find interesting with these odd Ryanair schedules is that they allow the canny traveller to mix and match air and rail (LNER/Lumo) to his or her advantage.

Easyjet also flies between Stansted and Edinburgh, providing another option to mix and match journeys.

ryanair.com

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