LONDON – Ryanair (FR) has announced 26 new routes from the United Kingdom. Ryanair Group CEO, Michael O’Leary also answered questions from journalists.

In all, FR is hopeful in a strong Summer season both from the UK and the rest of Europe. The airline will also return to Belfast City Airport (BHD), according to the press conference hosted by the Group and its CEO.

New Routes


Ryanair will offer more than 480 routes from the United Kingdom, by operating 2,300+ weekly flights. In addition to routes previously announced, it will open 24 new connections.

FromToFrequencyFirst Flight
Belfast City (BHD)Alicante (ALC)DailyJune 1st
BHDMálaga (AGP)DailyJune 1st
BHDPalma (PMI)DailyJune 2nd
BHDFaro (FAO)DailyJune 2nd
BHDBarcelona (BCN)5 weekly, 12456June 1st
BHDIbiza (IBZ)2 weekly, 15July 2nd
BHDMilan Bergamo (BGY)2 weekly, 26July 3rd
BHDValencia (VLC)2 weekly, 47July 1st
London Stansted (STN)Santorini (JTR)2 weekly, 57June 4th
STNPreveza (PVK)2 weekly, 47June 3rd
STNRhodes (RHO)2 weekly, 26March 30th
STNZakynthos (ZTH)2 weekly, 15July 2nd
Birmingham (BHX)RHO2 weekly, 15June 4th
Edinburgh (EDI)Naples (NAP)3 weekly, 256June 1st
EDIKnock (NOC)2 weekly, 37Sept 1st
Liverpool (LPL)Košice (KSC)2 weekly, 37May 2nd
Manchester (MAN)NOC2 weekly, 15Sept 3rd
MANBucharest (OTP)3 weekly, 246June 3rd
Teesside (MME)ALC2 weekly, 15June 4th
MMEPMI2 weekly, 26June 1st
Bristol (BRS)Venice Treviso (TSF)4 weekly, 2467May 1st
Bournemouth (BOH)Bergerac (EGC)2 weekly, 37June 2nd
Leeds (LBA)Chania (CHQ)2 weekly, ??
Newcastle (NCL)CHQ2 weekly, 37July 4th

Summer Forecast


The Ryanair Group CEO praised the UK’s vaccination programme and is hopeful that the EU’s will follow suit. They believe that enough people will be vaccinated by the start of the summer holiday period, so they can resume operations safely. As Greece, Cyprus, Spain, and Portugal prepare to welcome passengers by May, FR bookings have surged.

In the Summer, FR will operate more than 2100 routes to 240 airports from 77 bases. It will open bases in Paris Beauvais Airport (BVA) and TSF. However, the airline plans to announce further bases in the coming weeks.

Ryanair Boeing 737-8200 (MAX), EI-HAT. Credit: Brandon Farris/Airways

Questions


When asked about MAX deliveries in the press conference, O’Leary pointed out that it plans to receive fewer aircraft in the summer. He is looking forward to the first delivery in April and believes that customers will enjoy the new product. Even though customers will have the opportunity to change to another aircraft, he doesn’t think many people will.

While concerns arise that the UK may not allow international holidays in Summer, FR is more optimistic. People want to travel and the Government will not be able to ban travel in the School holiday according to them.However, if the UK Gov keeps the international travel ban, they could survive a lost summer.

O’Leary thinks that COVID-19 will stay with us for long but like the seasonal flu. O’Leary added that passengers will have to wear masks on FR flights until at least S22. He also thinks that full flights are still safe and noticed that social distancing cannot be kept in airports/aircraft. Regarding travel health certificates, he praised their mobile health wallet. He is unsure about a common health certificate or vaccination passports.


Featured image: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL), EI-DHT. Credit: Marco Macca/Airways