Published on May 6th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ryanair Announce Two New Bases for Winter as Passenger Numbers Rise
Ryanair has announced two new bases to open for the winter 2021 season. Both will have two based aircraft and create around 60 new jobs at each base. Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden will have 89 departing flights per week and 21 new routes to destinations across Europe from next October. Billund in Denmark will also open as a base from October with 69 flights per week across 26 routes. Ryanair has released their monthly figures for April showing an increase in passengers number to 1 million up from just 40,000 in April 2020 when Europe was at the height of the lockdown and minimal flights operating. Ryanair operated over 8,000 flights during April with a 67% load factor. However, these figures are still down dramatically on the 13.5 million the airline carried in April 2019.
Commenting on the new base in Stockholm Arlanda, Ryanair’s CEO, Eddie Wilson said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of our base in Stockholm Arlanda, which will deliver increased connectivity with two based aircraft from October ‘21. This development will create over 60 direct jobs and offer our Swedish customers a host of European destinations to choose from this winter, with 21 new routes connecting Sweden’s capital to the likes of Alicante, Brussels, London, Milan, Thessaloniki and Vienna. Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provides the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Stockholm Arlanda airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe and look forward to commencing the recruitment for these roles very soon. Mindful that Covid restrictions change regularly, customers can now book flights for a well-deserved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero-change fee until the end of October 2021.”