Over the last week Ryanair has announced new routes from Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool and Gatwick, as well as opting to cut flights from Manchester.
The new route from Edinburgh to Brussels Charleroi, starting on November 3, may be of particular interest to business travellers. Brussels Charleroi is located 46km from central Brussels, so is a viable low cost option for travel between the Belgian and Scottish capitals. Flights depart Edinburgh on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1745 and Thursdays at 1110, returning on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2100 or Thursdays at 1425.
Ryanair will also start flights from Edinburgh to Girona Airport, (one hour and 10 minutes by bus from central Barcelona), Oslo Torp Airport (110km from Oslo), and Memmingen Airport (one hour and 10 minutes from Munich by train). Other new destinations from the Scottish airport are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife in Spain and Gdansk in Poland.
East Midlands Airport, located in the Derby, Leicester and Nottingham catchment area, will gain three new routes to Poland, as well as a new direct flight to Morocco. Flights to Lodz, Poland’s third largest city, will start on October 28, while Rzeszow and Bydgoszcz will start on November 3 and 4 respectively. Flights from the Leicestershire airport to Marrakech in Morocco will start on November 5.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport wil gain two new routes, to Agadir in southwest Morocco and Bremen, the largest city in northern Germany. Flights to and from Agadir will leave twice a week from October 29, while flights to Bremen will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, returning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting from October 2.
Finally, Ryanair will start flying daily from Gatwick airport to Skavsta Airport, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Stockholm by bus, as of November 5. Flights depart Gatwick at 1935, arriving in Sweden at 2245, and from Skavsta at 1800, arriving in the UK at 1910.
Meanwhile, Manchester airport has lost out on nine new routes, after Ryanair announced it will reduce the number of destinations it serves out of Manchester from ten to just one (Dublin), blaming the airport’s refusal to lower its charges (see online news August 17).
Report by Sara Turner