Thursday 18 January 2018

Flag raised for Cheltenham as Ryanair schedules 30 extra flights

And they're off...

Ryanair Boss Michael O'Leary and Jockey Davy Russell at day four of the Cheltenham racing festival
Ryanair Boss Michael O'Leary and Jockey Davy Russell at day four of the Cheltenham racing festival
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Record bookings have been announced for this year's Cheltenham festival, with Ryanair alone set to carry almost 15,000 Irish fans.

The airline today announced 30 extra flights to Birmingham for the festival, which kicks off on March 10th.

15,000 Irish racing fans are set to travel, it claims.

Ryanair is the festival's official carrier, as well as being the sponsor of the £275,000 Grade 1 Ryanair Chase (2.40pm on Thursday, 12th March), one of Cheltenham's most valuable races.

Its CEO, Michael O'Leary, owns Gigginstown House stud in Co. Westmeath.

The 30 extra flights from Ireland were scheduled "due to enormous demand", according to a spokesperson. 12 Irish-trained horses won at last year’s festival.

The airline also plans to give away tickets and flights on its Twitter account (@Ryanair) in the build-up to the festival.

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