Ryanair announces seven new routes from Belfast Airport
Routes will create 750 jobs, airline says
Ryanair is bolstering its Belfast investment with the announcement of seven new routes for winter 2016/17.
The airline today announced new routes to Alicante, Berlin, Krakow, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife from Belfast International.
Ryanair also plans to increase flights to London Gatwick to five daily in an expansion it says will deliver over one million customers a year.
This January, the airline announced plans to re-establish a base at Belfast this month with a three-times daily service to London Gatwick.
Three aircraft will be based at Belfast next winter, an investment of over $300m that would create 750 jobs at the airport, it added.
"We look forward to growing routes, traffic and jobs in Belfast in the coming months and years," said Ryanair's CEO, Michael O'Leary, who used the announcement to call on Northern Ireland to vote 'Yes' in June's Brexit referendum.
The new routes will see three weekly flights to/from Alicante, Berlin and Krakow, four weekly flights to/from Malaga, and two flights a week to Milan as well as to/from Tenerife and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
Earlier today, Ryanair published its February results, which saw traffic grow by 28pc to 7.4 million customers.