Wednesday 12 December 2018

Ryanair adds nine new routes in biggest ever Irish winter schedule

Winter 2018

Ryanair Photo: Getty
Ryanair Photo: Getty
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair has launched what it says is its biggest ever winter schedule from Ireland, with nine new routes on the way in late 2018.

The airline's Irish Winter 2018 schedule will also boost capacity on 11 other routes, seeing the airline grow by 5pc in Ireland this year.

From Dublin, seven new routes include:

  • Athens (2x weekly)
  • Bari (2x weekly)
  • Frankfurt (2x daily)
  • Luxembourg (3x weekly)
  • Marrakesh (2x weekly)
  • Paphos (1x weekly)
  • Santander (2x weekly)

Some of these services already exist as summer flights, but are being stretched to year-round routes, bringing its Dublin network to 76 routes in total.

From Cork, Ryanair will introduce a new service to Faro (2x weekly), and a new winter flight will also take off from Ireland West (Knock) to Bristol (3x weekly).

Last week, the airline announced two new summer flights from Shannon to Liverpool and Bristol, as well as increased frequency to Manchester.

From Dublin, flights will be bumped up on routes including Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Cologne, Faro, Krakow, Madrid and Venice, among others.

This winter, eight weekly flights will be available from Dublin to Lanzarote, with nine weekly departures to Malaga, gateway to Spain's Costa del Sol.

In total, the 2018 winter schedule will help to deliver 15.6 million customers per annum and support 11,700 jobs at Irish airports, Ryanair says.

Despite going through several PR disasters in recent months, including a "pilot rostering failure" that resulted in thousands of cancelled flights, the airline continues to post growing profits and passenger numbers.

Profits rose by 12pc to €106 million in its last quarter, for example, and Ryanair says it expects full-year traffic to grow by 8pc to 130 million passengers.

That said, union negotiations are ongoing, and Michael O'Leary has warned of "inevitable" disruptions as Easter approaches.

Winter flights are now on sale up to and including March 2019, with special sale fares from €19.99 available until Friday, March 2.

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