LONDON – Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced it will be opening up a new base from October 2019 as part of its Winter schedule later this year.

This opening represents a $200m investment into the airport, which will offer two based aircraft at the airport as well as 20 routes in total, 11 of which will be new.

It is expected to produce up to one million passengers per annum, creating 60 new Ryanair jobs and 750 on-site jobs also.

Commenting on the base opening was Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien who emphasised the delight of further expansion into France.

“We are delighted to announce a $200 million aircraft investment at Ryanair’s third French base in Toulouse Airport, which will deliver 1m customers p.a., create 60 Ryanair pilot and cabin crew jobs and support 750* airport jobs.”

“We are also pleased to announce the launch of our biggest ever Toulouse winter schedule, with 20 routes, including 11 new routes to and from exciting cities such as Budapest, Oujda, and Tangier.”

The 11 new routes are the ones to focus on, which will offer an extra 35 weekly flights from Toulouse alone. They are as follows:

  • Alicante – Twice weekly.
  • Brest – Thrice weekly.
  • Budapest – Twice weekly.
  • Lille – Daily.
  • Luxembourg – Thrice weekly.
  • Marseille – Daily.
  • Oujda – Twice weekly.
  • Palermo – Twice weekly.
  • Porto – Thrice weekly.
  • Tangier – Twice weekly.
  • Valencia – Twice weekly.

Also commenting on this new opening was Philippe Crebassa, Chairman of the Board at Blagnac Airport who emphasised how happy he was about Ryanair’s strengthened position out of Toulouse.

“We are very pleased that Ryanair is strengthening its presence in Toulouse. The opening of a base with two aircraft will allow developing the offer of the company from the Pink City. The 11 new routes announced by Ryanair are also excellent news for the attractiveness of Occitanie in Europe.”

In the wake of profit warnings, it has not stopped Ryanair from continuing any potential expansion plans we may see this year.

The new routes will no doubt offer an increase in revenue that can then be offset for better profitability.

Any little helps when it comes to Ryanair, especially if it means that it does not have to issue any further profit warnings.

It will be interesting to see how the new routes perform and what sort of passenger numbers there will be when the base is fully operational.