Thursday 25 December 2014

Ryanair cut 222 routes in the last year

Published 14/05/2014 | 08:19

Michael O'Leary at the opening of the new Ryanair Office Campus at Airside Park, Swords. Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

RYANAIR has cut 222 routes in the last year, according to reports.

This summer will see the airline operating fewer routes than it did last summer - even after it revealed it was adding 138 new routes.

The information was revealed by the specialist aviation industry website anna.aero which reports that “more routes are dropped than added as Ryanair shifts its focus to major airports”.

According to the findings, Ryanair has cut the number of routes operated by a net 84 to 1,312 this August. Ryanair has added 138 new routes in the last year but this is the first time it has cut more routes than it has added.

The number of flights will be up, according to anna.aero and the airline has seen its average weekly frequency grow on a year-by-year basis

Big airports are the main beneficiaries – with Ryanair focusing more on major hubs, while secondary/regional airports are the ones to suffer.

The anna.aero analysis shows that Ryanair has withdrawn summer service from a total of 10 airports since last summer. These are: Angelholm, (AGH), Constanta (CND), Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA), Jonkoping (JKG), Kalmar (KLR), Klagenfurt (KLU), Karlstad (KSD), Magdeburg/Cochstedt (CSO), Targu Mures (TGM) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW).

A look at the airports with the biggest increase in weekly departures, clearly confirms the fact that Ryanair’s new approach to network planning embraces operating from bigger airports with proven demand where the airline can grab passengers from existing airlines. .

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