Ryanair Announces New Routes
Published on Aug 22 2014 8:13 AM in General Industry
Ryanair has launched nine new routes, with a particular focus on business customers.
Perhaps the most interesting announcement is that there will be three new daily services from Dublin to Brussels' main airport, Zaventem, beginning 26 October. Ryanair hopes this service will attract political and business passengers, with CEO Michael O'Leary saying that, "we fully expect to see our hard working MEP's on Ryanair going back to Roscommon or wherever it is."
There will also be new services from Dublin to Basel, Bucharest, Cologne, Glasgow, Lisbon, Marrakesh, Nice and Prague.
Many of these flights are expected to appeal to the business passenger, with premium seats available, but further details on this and other 'goodies' are being reserved for a forthcoming launch.
These additions to the Ryanair schedule could put further pressure on Aer Lingus, which has traditionally catered for business passengers on many of these routes.
The airline will also increase frequency on 21 existing services to and from Dublin Airport as part of its winter schedule, including Gatwick, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw.
Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer of Ryanair, said the new services will mean savings on both flights and overnight accommodation.
The increase in services was welcomed by Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, who said they would be working with Ryanair to promote the new services.
It has been a big week for Ryanair, on Wednesday the airline announced that it has appointed a new chief technology officer, who will be responsible for developing and implementing a world-leading digital and technology strategy. In addition, O'Leary is in Cyprus for talks regarding a potential takeover of the country's struggling national airline.