Monday 21 October 2019

Ryanair launches four new routes from Dublin in summer 2020 schedule

New routes announced for Cork and Dublin, though airline is set to cut services from Belfast and Shannon...

File photo: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary pictured at Dublin.
File photo: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary pictured at Dublin.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Ryanair will fly from Dublin to Verona, Marseille, Palanga in Lithuania and Podgorica in Montenegro during summer 2020, it has announced.

The airline today launched its Irish summer schedule for next year, a blockbuster roll call of 160 routes that are expected to deliver 17.2 million customers.

A new, twice-weekly summer flight from Cork Airport to Katowice was also announced, while winter routes from Dublin to Billund and Toulouse will go year-round.

However, Shannon Airport is losing out - it highlighted Ryanair's decision to cut services to Bristol, East Midlands and Ibiza from January 2020.

Mary Considine, Acting CEO of Shannon Group, said she was "disappointed" with the move.

“In light of the slowdown in the global economy and the uncertainty of Brexit, this is a particularly challenging time for global aviation. In the last week alone, we have seen the closure and suspension of flights by three European airlines."

Ryanair remains "a valued airline partner" she added. "We are actively engaging with all our airline partners to explore opportunities to attract new Shannon services.”

Ryanair has also come under fire recently for reported plans to cut routes at Belfast International Airport.

“As announced on July 16, due to the late delivery of up to 30 Boeing MAX aircraft, a number of loss-making Ryanair bases will be cut or closed this winter,” a spokesperson told PA this month, without naming individual routes.

Despite industry turbulence, however, both Cork and Dublin airports continue in growth mode - with Cork expected to welcome 2.6 million customers this year, up 9% on 2018, and Dublin up 6pc to 22.4 million - putting it on course for another record year.

Ryanair's new service between Dublin and Toulouse will be daily, with five flights weekly to Marseille, three to Palanga and Verona, and two each to Billund and Podgorica.

The airline will also operate 11 services from Ireland West Knock and six from Kerry Airport next summer.

Fares are now available to book as far out as October 2020, the airline says, and a seat sale offering fares from €14.99 each-way is bookable by midnight Friday for travel to the end of November, 2019.

This story has been updated.

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