Ryanair announces Manchester expansion

26 Jan 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Ryanair is to launch routes from Manchester to Alicante, Faro, Madrid and Tenerife, and will add two daily departures to its existing Dublin route from the airport.

The low-cost carrier has previously served several routes from Manchester, including Girona, Cagliari, Frankfurt Hahn, Bremen, Brussels Charelroi, Dusseldorf Weeze, Marseille, Milan Bergomo and Shannon. 
But it pulled these services in August 2009, leaving just the Dublin route, which it currently operates four-times daily. This service will now be increased to six-times daily.

The new routes begin on April 14, and are bookable at from January 27. Of the four new routes, Easyjet and Jet2 already serve Alicante from Manchester, while Monarch and Jet2 serve Faro, and Easyjet, Monarch and Jet2 all serve Tenerife. 

Madrid, however, is a brand new route, and will be of interest to business travellers based in the Manchester catchment area looking to reach Spain’s capital.

Humberside airport (also operated by the Manchester Airports Group, along with east Midlands and Bournemouth) will also gain a new twice-weekly service to Alicante from April 12.

Penny Coates, chief operating officer of the Manchester Airports Group said: “We’re delighted to see Ryanair expanding its services from MAG’s airports which is a sign of the strength in our relationship. At Manchester, Ryanair has seen an opportunity to grow in the off peak period which enables us to make the best use of our infrastructure assets at a traditionally quiet time of day. Equally, Ryanair’s new twice-weekly service to Alicante from Humberside Airport and its decision to add a weekly Palma service from Bournemouth are important, positive developments for MAG.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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