Ryanair has announced an additional investment of €300m, approximately £210m as three new aircraft fly in creating an additional 450 jobs at Manchester Airport.
Ryanair have added 10 new summer routes to their peak 2018 schedule as well as adding extra flights on existing routes. 300,000 extra seats are available to a total of 57 routes which will help deliver 4.9 million customers this year.
The new summer routes will fly to Agadir, Almeria, Barcelona Reus, Belfast, Cagliari, Palermo, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Rhodes, & Venice Treviso.
Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme, will deliver:
• 12 aircraft based at Manchester
• an extra 3 new based aircraft takes Ryanair’s investment to $1.2 billion at Manchester
• 57 summer routes in total
• 10 new summer routes
• More flights on existing routes
• 300,000 extra summer seats
• 9m customers p.a.
• 3,675 “on-site” jobs p.a.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:
“Ryanair is delighted to announce an additional investment of $300 million at Manchester with three extra based aircraft for our peak summer 2018 schedule, bringing the total investment at Manchester to $1.2bn. We will deliver an exciting set of 10 new Manchester summer routes, some of which are connecting with Manchester for the first time, and add an extra 300,000 summer seats to the schedule. These new summer routes will go on sale on Ryanair.com from Friday 26 January.
“Over the past four years, Manchester has been one of our fastest growing bases in the UK and this year summer numbers will grow again by a further 9%. Ryanair will continue to connect Manchester with major leisure and business centres on high frequency, low fare services including Dublin (5 daily), Madrid (daily) and Rome (10 wkly) with better timings and lower fares, making Ryanair the ideal choice for Manchester business and leisure customers.
Manchester Airport’s Aviation Director, Julian Carr, said:
“We are pleased to see Ryanair add three additional aircraft to Manchester Airport. As well as increasing its route network and options for passengers, it also creates jobs at Manchester Airport for people here in the North West.
“We look forward to the routes starting and the added international connectivity they offer our 27.8m passengers.”