Summer has barely begun, but Ryanair has already launched its Christmas countdown with 3,500 additional flights.
The additions will mean some 660,000 extra seats are now available to customers over the busy Christmas holiday period, across its European network.
The 3,500 extra flights will be available for travel between December 18 and January 7, and are on sale as of today on its website, ryanair.com.
"Last Christmas, Ryanair carried over 3.5 million customers over the festive period and we’re ensuring even more customers will be flying home for Christmas on the lowest fares once more this year," said Robin Kiely, the airline's Head of Communications.
Kiely even went so far as to break the Santa suit out of the airline's costume cupboard (see photo above) to mark the announcement.
As is it habit during busy holiday travel periods, the airline will also raise its baggage and flight change fees from December 21 to January 5.
Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus have already hiked their 15kg checked bag fees from €15 to €25 per sector from June 1 to September 30, among other increases.
Ryanair has been announcing its winter and summer schedules earlier and earlier of late, providing increased visibility to both investors and passengers.
It launched its winter 2015/16 schedule from Dublin last February, including plans to operate 580 weekly flights (up 5pc on last year), and a new route to Copenhagen.
The airline is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.