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Ryanair announces more flights to Portugal after making the Green List

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXF (msn 40322) (Costa Brava - Pirineau de Girona) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943422.

Ryanair has announced even more flights to Portugal, with over 175,000 extra seats from May 17, 2021 as the country makes it onto the UK’s green listed destinations.

Route Departing Flights Per Week
Stansted Faro 17 (+16)
Lisbon 14 (+11)
Porto 14 (+11)
Manchester Faro 14 (+12)
Lisbon 4 (+4)
Porto 3 (+3)
Birmingham Faro 3 (+3)
Leeds Faro 3 (+3)
Bournemouth Faro 3 (+3)
Bristol Faro 3 (+3)
East Midlands Faro 3 (+3)
Liverpool Faro 3 (+3)

Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said:

“We are very pleased to announce 175,000 extra seats to Portugal on the back of the UK’s green list. With quarantine-free travel now permitted to the likes of Faro, Lisbon and Porto, even more flights have been added to our UK schedule in order to meet the demand from our customers.

The UK Summer 2021 schedule comprises 480 destinations, having recently launched 26 new routes and with more to be added as restrictions relax throughout Europe over the summer months. UK families can book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change, they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXF (msn 40322) (Costa Brava – Pirineau de Girona) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943422.

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Ryanair announces a new base at Stockholm Arlanda

Ryanair (Sun) (Poland) Boeing 737-800 WL SP-RSB (msn 44832) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946053.

Ryanair has announced a new base opening in Stockholm Arlanda with two based aircraft, 89 departing flights per week, and 21 new routes to a host of international destinations across Europe from October 2021.

  • 21 new routes to 15 countries including Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and UK.
  • International connections to winter sun destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Thessaloniki, city breaks to the likes of London, Milan and Vienna and domestic connections to Malmo and Gothenburg.

Top Copyright photo: Ryanair (Sun) (Poland) Boeing 737-800 WL SP-RSB (msn 44832) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946053.

 

Ryanair to establish a new base at Riga with 16 new routes

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DWT (msn 33626) (Vigo - Cies Islands) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943419.

Ryanair has announced a new base opening in Riga with two based aircraft, 95 departing flights per week and 30 routes in total, including 16 new routes connecting Riga to a host of international destinations across Europe from October 2021.

Routes:

Route Departing Flights per Week
Aarhus 3
Bristol 2
Budapest 3
Gothenburg 3
Krakow 2
Kviv** 2
Lviv** 2
Malaga 2
Memmingen 2
Warsaw Modlin 5
Palermo 2
Paris Beauvais 2
Rome Ciampino 3
Torp Sandefjord 4
Frankfurt Hahn*** 2
Venice Treviso*** 2

**Subject to regulatory approval

***New winter service, launched in Summer 2021

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DWT (msn 33626) (Vigo – Cies Islands) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943419.

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Ryanair launches 160 UK routes for Summer 2022

Ryanair (Malta Air) Boeing 737-8AS WL 9H-QCP (EI-FRJ) (msn 44734) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951046.

Ryanair has announced the early release of its Summer 2022 schedule for the UK, which includes over 1,800 departing flights per week across 160 routes to its most popular destinations, with further routes to be announced in the coming months. All routes can be booked as far out as October 2022.

Popular summer destinations such as Faro, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Marseille and Malta are all on the list for Summer 2022. In addition, eager city breakers can plan their trip to the likes of Budapest, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Rome plus many more.

Overall the airlines has also announced the early release of its Summer 2022 schedule, which includes over 10,000 flights per week across 500 routes to its most popular destinations, with further routes to be announced in the coming months. All routes can be booked as far out as October 2022.

Popular summer destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Malta, the Greek islands and Naples are all on the list for Summer 2022. In addition, excited city breakers can plan their trip to the likes of Berlin, Krakow, Venice, Rome and Seville plus many more.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair (Malta Air) Boeing 737-8AS WL 9H-QCP (EI-FRJ) (msn 44734) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951046.

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Ryanair launches three new UK routes and increased frequencies to Greece for Summer 2021

Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N1800B (EI-HGG) (msn 62316) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953465.

Ryanair has announced three new UK routes from Liverpool, Manchester and Teesside, as well as increased flights from London Stansted and Manchester to a host of popular Greek destinations such as Chania, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Santorini. These new routes and extra frequencies will commence in July as part of Ryanair’s extended UK Summer 2021 schedule.

New Routes Weekly Flights
Manchester – Santorini 2
Liverpool – Kos 1
Teesside – Corfu 1
Increased Routes Weekly Flights
Manchester – Chania 3 (+1)
Manchester – Rhodes 4 (+1)
London Stansted – Rhodes 6 (+3)

In other news, Ryanair, also announced a new route from Teesside to Corfu (Greece) operating every Wednesday from July as part of Ryanair’s British Summer 2021 Schedule.

This new route expands Ryanair’s offer from Teesside following the airline’s return to the region with two other Summer routes to Alicante and Palma de Mallorca, both flying twice weekly from June.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N1800B (EI-HGG) (msn 62316) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953465.

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Ryanair loses court challenges to SAS, Finnair state aid in new setbacks

Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N1779B (EI-HGJ) (msn 62325) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953464.

From Reuters:

“The Luxembourg-based General Court said aid granted to SAS and Finnair complied with the bloc’s state aid rules.”

Read the full article.

Top Copyright Photo: Delivery of the first high-density MAX aircraft is imminent. Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N1779B (EI-HGJ) (msn 62325) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953464.

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Ryanair to appeal EU court rulings on Finnair and SAS state aid

The new 200-seat Boeing 737-8 with 28 inches of seat pitch

Ryanair has issued this statement:

Ryanair has noted the EU General Court’s rulings on Finnish, Danish and Swedish State aid favoring Finnair and SAS over all other EU airlines. The Finnish government granted a €600 million loan guarantee to Finnair which has benefited from more than €1.2 billion in State aid since the beginning of the pandemic. The Danish and Swedish governments each granted a loan guarantee of €137 million to SAS which has also benefited from recapitalization State aid from these countries, bringing the total aid received by SAS to over €1.3 billion.

While the COVID-19 crisis has caused damage to all airlines that contribute to the economies and the connectivity of Finland, Denmark and Sweden, the governments of these countries decided to support only their flag carriers. Ryanair referred the European Commission’s approvals of these illegal subsidies to the EU General Court in June 2020. Ryanair will appeal today’s General Court judgments to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Ryanair’s spokesperson said:

“One of the EU’s greatest achievements is the creation of a true single market for air transport.  The European Commission’s approvals of the Finnish, Danish and Swedish State aid went against the fundamental principles of EU law. Today’s judgments set the process of liberalization in air transport back by 30 years by allowing Finland, Denmark and Sweden to give their national flag carriers a leg up over more efficient competitors, based purely on nationality.  

We will now ask the EU Court of Justice to overturn these unfair subsidies in the interests of competition and consumers. If Europe is to emerge from this crisis with a functioning single market, airlines must be allowed to compete on a level playing field. Undistorted competition can weed out inefficiency and benefit consumers through low fares and choice. Subsidies, on the other hand, encourage inefficiency and will harm consumers for decades to come.”

The EU Commission’s spineless approach to State aid since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis has allowed Member States to write open-ended cheques to their inefficient zombie flag carriers in the name of faded national prestige. The EU Commission has hastily approved over €30 billion of discriminatory State aid since the crisis began.  Discriminatory State subsidies given by EU Member States or planned to be given are set out here:

Lufthansa Group               €11bn 

Air France-KLM                €10.6bn

Alitalia                                €3.5bn

SAS                                      €1.3bn

TAP                                     €1.2bn

Finnair                                €1.2bn

Norwegian                          €0.8bn

LOT                                     €0.65bn

Condor                                €0.6bn

Air Europa                         €0.5bn

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair will soon take delivery of its first high-density MAX 8: Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N4027A (EI-HGK) (msn 62326) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953313.

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Ryanair’s March traffic down 91% to 500K passengers, EASA approves the Boeing 737-8 MAX 8-200

Ryanair issued this traffic report for March 2021:

77% load cactor as COVID-19 continues to impact traffic

Ryanair Holdings plc on April 6 released its March 2021 traffic statistics as follows:

   2020 2021      Growth
Ryanair Group  5.5m 0.5m -91%
     
Rolling Annual 148.6m   27.5m  (71% LF) -81%

Ryanair operated approximately 5% of its normal March schedule with a 77% load factor.

In other news, EASA has also approved the high-density Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 on April 6, 2021 following the FAA on March 31, 2021.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Ryanair’s 200-seat Boeing 737 MAX is certified by the FAA

The new 200-seat Boeing 737-8 with 28 inches of seat pitch

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on March 31, 2021 certified the high-density Boeing 737 MAX 8200 which is destined to be delivered to Ryanair.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

This high-density model is based on the 737 MAX 8 that is able to seat up to 200 passengers in an all-economy configuration.

The model contains extra emergency exits.

European agencies are also expected to approve the new type later this month before operations can commence.

Ryanair will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the successful 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing customers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes.


Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033. While the heart of the single-aisle market will remain at 160 seats, the 737 MAX 200 will provide carriers like Ryanair with up to 11 more seats of potential revenue and up to 5 percent lower operating costs than the 737 MAX 8, driving economic growth and increasing access to air travel.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) N4027A (EI-HGK) (msn 62326) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 953313.

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Ryanair announces two new routes to Zadar and a new base at Zagreb

Ryanair has announced a new Liverpool to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying twice weekly as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule.

The airline also announced a Newcastle to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying once weekly.

Finally the airline announced a new base at Zagreb with 36 weekly flights and 12 new routes (Brusseles, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Memmingen, Milan, Rome, Podgorica, Oslo, Gothenburg, Paris and London) starting in June.