Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ryanair adds 30 extra flights due to bumper Cheltenham bookings

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Published 19/01/2016 | 15:28

Ryanair Boss Michael O'Leary and Jockey Davy Russell at Cheltenham racing festival
Ryanair Boss Michael O'Leary and Jockey Davy Russell at Cheltenham racing festival

Ryanair will carry a record 20,000 racing fans to this year's Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, it says.

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The festival's official carrier has added 30 extra flights between Dublin and Birmingham over the course of the 2016 event (March 15-18).

Ryanair has already announced record bookings for the festival, and expects to carry far in excess of the 15,000 punters flown last year.

The airline sponsors the Ryanair Steeple Chase (1.50pm on Thursday, 17th March), one of Cheltenham's most valuable races.

It also flies to Bristol, roughly an hour's drive from the venue.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus flies direct from Dublin to Birmingham, while Aer Lingus Regional flies from Dublin to Bristol.

One-way fares were available from €9.99 as we published.

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