Published on October 14th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Ryanair to Launch Derry – Manchester route

Ryanair has announced that it will launch a new service between the City of Derry Airport and Manchester. The service will launch this winter initially at a three times per week frequency. As Ryanair continues to expand its route network as restrictions continue to ease across Europe, Ryanair has announced a new base at Venice Marco Polo Airport including a twice-weekly direct service to Cork starting for the summer 2022 season. As Ryanair continue to expand its operations, the airline carried 10.6 million passengers during September, an increase of more than double the 5.2 million it carried in September 2021. Ryanair operated over 69,500 flights in September with an 81% load factor.

Commenting on the new route from the City of Derry, Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason Mc Guinness said, “As Europe’s No.1 airline, Ryanair remains committed to re-building Europe’s aviation and tourism industry by restoring connectivity and growing its network of passengers to over 225 million by 2026. As Ryanair takes delivery of 55 additional Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft this winter, we are delighted to add this new route from Derry to Manchester. As consumer confidence in air travel steadily restores, Ryanair is once again calling on the UK Government to scrap or suspend APD (Air Passenger Duty) to allow airlines to quickly recover connectivity, jobs and tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic. APD makes UK airports very uncompetitive compared to those in Europe, where Ryanair continues to add capacity having opened several new bases in recent months, including Agadir, Zagreb, Billund, Stockholm, Riga and Turin. While Ryanair is committed to the UK and to Derry airport, the lack of Government support continues to create barriers to boosting traffic and growth.”

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